Energy Savings Assistance
San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) plans to conduct competitive solicitations starting in the Fall of 2021 throughout 2022 to select implementers for Energy Savings Assistance (ESA) programs approved in a recent California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision (D.21-06-015). On this page we’ll provide interested bidders with general information and requirements in order to participate in the following four solicitations:
ESA Multifamily Whole Building (MFWB) Program
Main ESA Program (Base Program)
ESA Pilot Plus/Pilot Deep (also called the Energy Division Staff Pilot)
ESA Information Technology (IT) Solutions
SDG&E Energy Savings Assistance Solicitation Vision
SDG&E will apply an open, fair, and competitive process to select the best implementers for our customers and to provide bidders the opportunity to participate and be successful.
The Solicitation Process
Overview of solicitation process
This overview of the approach applies to all solicitations listed above. Any deviations or exceptions to the process will be detailed in the specific solicitations. Per D.21-06-015,* we will utilize a single-stage RFP, followed by a two-step selection process.
Stage 1: Request for Proposal (RFP)
We’ll release the RFPs through our Solicitation System. In addition, we’ll notify the public through a variety of avenues, including the CPUC service lists for relevant proceedings. A bidders’ conference will be held to answer questions related to the RFPs. And to the extent possible, we may accommodate requests for relevant data from RFP participants to enable them to design and propose the highest quality programs. Proposals will be evaluated by means of qualitative and quantitative criteria.
Step 1: Bidder Selection
Prior to being fully reviewed and scored, each bidder proposal must pass a minimum compliance review to ensure the following:
The proposal addresses all requested information
The information is accurate, complete, and meets our applicable standards as set out in the Solicitation RFP
This generally includes providing a complete Contractor Safety Plan and describing how the plan aligns with legislative and regulatory requirements. Proposals that pass the minimum compliance review will be evaluated using the remaining criteria that are applicable to the RFP.
Bidders will be evaluated, and based on their evaluated scores, selected Bidders may be invited to interview.
Step 2: Bidder Interviews
Selected bidders are invited to answer specific questions and provide presentations during interviews.
After Step 1 and 2, and after the interview, a final Bidder(s) will be selected for the opportunity for contract negotiations.
*D.21-06-015 at 355 and Section 1 of Attachment 4
Goals and Requirements
Each ESA program that will be solicited with the goal of providing interested bidders with the information they need to effectively design programs that meets our portfolio needs.
Additional Requirements for Solicitations
Procurement Review Group (PRG) and Independent Evaluator (IE)
The Commission requires that the MFWB solicitation includes an ESA PRG and IE to provide oversight. The ESA PRG will include members of non-financially interested parties, including Commission staff and the Public Advocates Office.** The ESA IE is selected from the Energy Efficiency solicitations IE pool. Both ESA PRG members and the IE will be approved by the Director of the Energy Division.
The Commission does not require the use of an ESA PRG and IE for all Low-Income solicitations. We have determined that given the cost, timing, and schedule constraints, we do not intend to use the PRG and IE process for the ESA Program, ESA Pilot Plus/ Pilot Deep Program, and IT Solutions solicitations.
**D.21-06-015 OP 121
We recommend for interested bidders to register with the statewide Proposal Evaluation & Proposal Management Application (PEPMA) and with our Solicitation System to stay informed on the latest developments for each solicitation. Any official SDG&E notifications will be provided through our Solicitation System (PowerAdvocate).
Solicitation 101 Workshop recording: Solicitation 101 workshop recording
- MFWB workshop recording: MFWB workshop recording
- MFWB Workshop Q & A: Q & A -Multi_Family_Whole_Building Bidders WS 11.17.21.xlsx
MF-CAM Process Evaluation - Draft Interim Findings Memo
- Available for access and comment posting at https://pda.energydataweb.com/#!/documents/2578/view [pda.energydataweb.com]
- Comments will be accepted from Wed, Jan 27 thru Fri, Feb 18, and comment responses will be posted by Fri, Feb 25.
- A webinar will also be hosted on Wed, Feb 16 from 9 to 10:30 am to present interim findings and collect stakeholder feedback, covering the following topics for the IOUs' MF-CAM initiatives: 1) Draft process flow diagrams; 2) Draft program logic models; 3) Best practices and lessons learned.
- For more information, please contact Iris Cheung at [email protected]
MFWB Bidder Conference/Workshop February 9, 2022 - Details
- MFWB Bidder Conference/Workshop recording: https://app.sli.do/event/sqKK3QE7Buz55tEhaF275i
MF-CAM Process Evaluation: Interim Findings Webinar
- Wednesday, February 16, 2022 from 9:00am to 10:30am
- Teams Meeting: Click here to join the meeting.
- Or call in (audio only) +1 925-421-0866,,740626230# United States, Concord
- Phone Conference ID: 740 626 230#
Pilot Plus and Pilot Deep Bidder Conference/Workshop March 4, 2022 - Details
Main ESA RFP Bidder Conference/Workshop March 25, 2022 - Details
Tools and Resources
PEPMA (Proposal Evaluation & Proposal Management Application) is a California Statewide Investor Owned Utilities (IOU) and Energy Savings Assistance Solicitation Website that serves as a resource for bidders to learn about upcoming energy savings assistance opportunities, solicitations and energy savings solicitations information and resources. PEPMA website
Power Advocate is SDG&E’s sourcing platform where interested bidders will need to register for access to all solicitations (Request for Proposals). Bidders can review activities including communications, document download and upload, and information regarding solicitation milestones. PowerAdvocate website
Interested Organization Form – Bidder Opt-In Networking Opportunity
If you are interested in Partnering with other Bidders for Solicitations, you must register in PowerAdvocate for the event, where Bidders will find an Interested Organizations Form for a voluntary RFP participation contact list for those who provide consent. This RFP contact list enables interested DBEs, SBEs, prime contractors, and subcontractors to circulate their information (i.e. names, core capabilities, and certification statuses) and be contacted, if desired, in connection with this RFP.
SDG&E Contract Elements (forthcoming)