June 2014 RFO - RAM Purchase Power Agreements

UPDATE: Dear SDG&E RAM V RFO Respondent, an error has been identified in the RAM V RFO pricing forms.  The error has been corrected and it is requested that when submitting bid/s, you ensure use of the corrected pricing form/s which now includes “revised 062614 v2” in the file names.

SDG&E’s Renewable Auction Mechanism June 2014 RFO Seeking RAM Power Purchase Agreements

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is issuing its fifth Request for Offers (RFO) in support of its Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM).  The RAM, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in Decision (D.) D.10-12-048  and modified by Resolution E-4414, Resolution E-4489, Resolution E-4546, Resolution E-4582, and Resolution E-4655  (together, the RAM Decision), supplements the State’s Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) program.  SDG&E’s RAM program incorporates the directives of the RAM Decision.  SDG&E’s RAM program is designed to procure a total of 155 MW over the course of five solicitations.  SDG&E’s first, second, third, and fourth RAM solicitations, held in November, 2011, May, 2012, November, 2012, and May, 2013 respectively, resulted in the procurement of approximately 83 MW, leaving approximately 72 MW to procure in this solicitation.  The RAM calls for SDG&E to procure renewable energy capacity pursuant to 10, 15, and 20-year RAM Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) with Independent Power Producers.  This solicitation is limited to seeking PPAs through the auction mechanism.  This solicitation is not requesting bids for renewable energy credits, feed-in-tariff projects or other RPS procurement activities that currently exist or are being contemplated.

SDG&E is not requesting bids for renewable energy credits, feed-in-tariff projects or other RPS procurement activities that currently exist or are being contemplated.  Winning Respondents shall enter into a non-negotiable PPA for bundled renewable energy deliveries from eligible renewable resources that can meet the criteria described in the RAM RFO documents (provided below).

Solicitation Protocols:

Details regarding the solicitation process and eligibility requirements are provided in the RFO document below.

Required Forms and Documents

Respondents may submit offers to this solicitation by submitting the forms listed below (note the exception in regards to the Form PPA as further described below).  Forms are available on the RFO Website.  The failure to provide the required information may result in the offer being deemed non-conforming and may disqualify the offer from further consideration.

  • Project Description Form (doc)
    Submit one per project.
     
  • Pricing Form
    May submit two pricing options per project (one showing Energy Only pricing and another showing Full Capacity Deliverability Status pricing)
     
  • Off-Peak and/or Baseload Form (xlsx) 
     
  • Peak Form (xlsx)
     
  • Site Control Documentation
     
  • Copy of interconnection agreement, most recent study results or equivalent Fast Track documentation.
     
  • Form PPA (doc)
    The Form PPA includes some terms that provide options (e.g. 10, 15, or 20 year term).  Terms that do not provide options are non-modifiable.  Respondents DO NOT have to provide a redline of the Form PPA in their offers.  Bids that are selected and shortlisted will receive from SDG&E a FORM RAM PPA that is redlined to reflect the relevant provisions that are applicable to the proposed project as indicated by Respondent in their Project Description Form.

Any party interested in submitting an offer must submit the offer electronically via PowerAdvocate®, and attach all required forms and bid materials to the offer.  Respondents intending to bid and who do not have an existing account with PowerAdvocate® must first register to create a username/password in order to receive access to the event.  See below for instructions to log in/register:

First-time users must register as a Supplier using the instructions above and the Referral information below to access the RFO event:

Users with an existing PowerAdvocate® account may request access to the event using the link below:

All parties interested in submitting an offer must register to receive access to the 2014 SDG&E RAM RFO event on PowerAdvocate®.  To register, Respondents must follow the instructions outlined above.  All offers must be uploaded to PowerAdvocate® no later than 12:00 p.m. (i.e. Noon), Pacific Standard Time, on June 27, 2014 (Closing Date) (see also the RAM RFO Schedule).

The Project Description Form must be in Word or Word-compatible format (not in PDF).  The Pricing Form must be in Excel or Excel-compatible format (not in PDF).  The interconnection and site control documentation must be submitted in PDF format.

View Full RFO Schedule

RFO Communication

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via e-mail to [email protected].  All questions and answers will be posted on this website anonymously.  SDG&E will not accept questions or comments in any other form, except during the bidder’s conference.  Respondents are encouraged to check this RFO Website periodically for updates, notices, and postings.

Bidders Conference

SDG&E will hold one bidder’s conference via web conference.  The bidder’s conference will be held on June 6, 2014 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM.  If you plan to join, please email [email protected], by Wednesday, June 4th, and provide your company name and a list of attendees including their full names and contact information.  Please limit participation to two representatives per company.

June RAM RFO Bidder’s Conference (June 6, 2014)

Event reference: 1639206
Date: 06 Jun 2014 - 1:00 PM, PST

Bidder’s Conference presentation:
Audience link: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/sempra~060614_1639206

Participant dial in (toll-free)*: (866) 219-5260

Please check the RAM RFO website periodically for updates, notices and postings.

*Participation in the bidder’s conference is NOT mandatory in order to submit an offer.

RFO Announcements

Please check this website periodically as SDG&E will post all solicitation announcements, including scheduling changes or RFO amendments if any.

Updated 6/12/14 

RAM Bidders Conference Presentation

RAM Bidders Conference Q&A's

Submitting Offers

All parties interested in submitting an offer must register to receive access to the 2014 SDG&E RAM RFO event on PowerAdvocate®.  To register, Respondents must follow the instructions outlined above.  All offers must be uploaded to PowerAdvocate® no later than 12:00 p.m. (i.e. Noon), Pacific Standard Time, on June 27, 2014 (Closing Date) (see also the RAM RFO Schedule). 

If Respondents encounter technical difficulties with uploading, they should provide evidence of such difficulties (e.g. a screen shot of the error message) and email the bid to the RAM RFO inbox by 1:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on the Closing Date.  If the Respondent encounters further technical difficulties with the RAM RFO inbox, they should provide evidence of such difficulties (e.g. a screen shot of the error message or a sent email notice with a time stamp before 1:00 p.m. on the Closing Date) and submit a hard copy and a CD of the bid package to SDG&E and the Independent Evaluator at the addresses below by close of business on the day following the Closing Date.

San Diego Gas & Electric Company

Electric and Gas Procurement Department
Attn: RAM Solicitation
8315 Century Park Court, CP-21D
San Diego, CA 92123-1548

Independent Evaluator

Barbara Sands
PA Consulting Group
1700 Lincoln Street, Suite 4600
Denver, CO 80203

  • 2014 RAM Schedule

    The following schedule and deadlines apply to this RFO. SDG&E reserves the right to revise this schedule at anytime and at SDG&E's sole discretion. Respondents are responsible for accessing the RFO website for updated schedules and possible amendments to the RFO or the solicitation process.

    NO.

    ITEM

    DATE

    1.

    RFO Issued and SDG&E Begins Accepting Bids

    June 2, 2014

    2.

    Bidder’s Conference

    June 6, 2014

    4.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS
    Question submittal cut-off date.
    Answers to all questions will be posted on SDG&E’s website no later than 6/20/14.

    June 13, 2014

    6.

    DEADLINE TO SUBMIT RAM OFFERS/CLOSING DATE
    Offers must be uploaded to PowerAdvocate® by no later than 12 P.M. (NOON) Pacific Standard Time

    June 27, 2014

    7.

    NOTIFICATION TO WINNING AND CONTINGENT BIDDERS

    September 5, 2014

    8.

    WINNING BIDDERS ACCEPTANCE/WITHDRAWAL LETTER
    due from Winning Bidders indicating:

    1. Withdrawal from SDG&E’s solicitation; OR
    2. Acceptance of standing as a winning bid; withdrawal from participating in any other solicitation and evidence of withdrawal notice to all other solicitors

    September 12, 2014

    9.

    NOTIFICATION TO CONTINGENT BIDDERS

    September 16, 2014

    10.

    CONTINGENT BIDDERS ACCEPTANCE/WITHDRAWAL LETTER
    due from Contingent Bidders indicating:

    1. Withdrawal from SDG&E’s solicitation; OR
    2. Acceptance of standing as a winning bid; withdrawal from participating in any other solicitation and evidence of withdrawal notice to all other solicitors

    September 23, 2014