SDG&E 2016 Preferred Resources Request for Offers Seeking Demand Response Resources

Latest News & Update

Respondents are encouraged to check this RFO Website periodically for updates, notices, and postings. SDG&E, at its sole discretion, pursuant to orders from the CPUC, may change the terms, requirements and schedule of this solicitation. Respondents should monitor the RFO Website for announcements regarding any updates or changes including posted questions & answers. SDG&E will post all solicitation announcements, including scheduling changes or RFO amendments to this website. In particular, check the RFO website for (i) details on the pre-bid conference call and (ii) posting of answers to submitted questions.

Description of the RFO

In accordance with Decision (“D.”) 14-03-004 – Decision Authorizing Long-Term Procurement for Local Capacity Requirements (“LCR”) due to the Permanent Retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (the “Track 4 Decision”) approved on March 13, 2014, and the Carlsbad Energy Center Conditional Approval Decision (D.15-05-051), San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) is issuing its 2014 Local Capacity Requirement   Request for Offers (“RFO”) seeking Demand Response (“DR”) Resources.

SDG&E is seeking up to 140 MW across all product types included in the 2016 Preferred Resources LCR RFO.

Solicitation Documents

Forms are available on the RFO Website.  Failure to provide the required information may result in the proposal being deemed non-conforming and may disqualify the proposal from further consideration.

Required Forms and Documents

  1. Demand Response Offer Form – Bidders must include in their Offer Form including proposed pricing (xls).
  2. Project Description Form  – please submit one per project (doc).
  3. Redline Pro Forma Agreement (doc). 

    The Model PPA includes some terms that provide options.  Respondent should provide a redline of the Model PPA that reflects the attributes of their proposed project by selecting the correct options.  Terms that do not provide options are non-modifiable.
  4. Diverse Business Enterprise Subcontracting Commitment and Reporting Requirements (DBE) Form (optional) – please provide a copy of certification documents received from the California Public Utilities Commission. An application can be made before submission of the offer and referenced in the offer (doc).
  5. Credit Application – please submit one per project. A credit application will be required under all PRO FORMAs. Changes to terms and conditions will render the offer non-conforming and disqualify the project from further consideration (doc).

The Project Description Form and any redlines to the pro forma agreement must be in Word or Word-compatible format (not in PDF).  The Demand Response Offer Form must be in Excel or Excel-compatible format (not in PDF). The Diverse Business Enterprise Subcontracting Commitment and Reporting Requirements (DBE) Form must be in PDF format.

All Offers must be uploaded to the PowerAdvocate® website no later than 1:00 p.m., Pacific Prevailing Time, on the CLOSING DATE (see RFO Schedule).  

DR RFO Schedule

The following schedule and deadlines apply to this RFO.  SDG&E reserves the right to revise this schedule at any time and in SDG&E’s sole discretion.  Respondents are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website for updated schedules and possible amendments to the RFO or the solicitation process.





RFO Issued

February 26, 2016


Pre-Bid Conference / Bidder Outreach Event

April 13, 2016


Question submittal cut-off date.
Answers to all questions will be posted on the website no later than June 24, 2016

June 17, 2016


DEADLINE TO REGISTER for RFO Website access / to download RFO forms and documents

June 24, 2016


Offers must be uploaded to and received on PowerAdvocate ® no later than 1:00 PM Pacific Prevailing Time on July 1, 2016

July 1, 2016


SDG&E Begins Bid Evaluation Process

July 2, 2016


SDG&E notifies Shortlisted Bidders

October 28, 2016


Letter due from Shortlisted Bidders indicating:

Withdrawal from SDG&E’s solicitation; OR Acceptance of shortlisted standing and including Shortlist Acceptance Fee 

+10 Days
after Shortlist Notification


SDG&E issues appreciation notices to unsuccessful Respondents

+3 Weeks
after Shortlisted Bidders accept/withdraw


SDG&E commences contract negotiations

+11 Days after Shortlist Notification


SDG&E Submits Agreements to CPUC for approval

Q2 2017


* Negotiation time will vary depending on proposal specifics including proposed contract modifications.


RFO Communication

The RFO and all subsequent revisions and documents are available for download from the RFO Website ( and the 2016 DEMAND RESPONSE (DR) RFO event on the PowerAdvocate® website.  Potential Respondents are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website and PowerAdvocate® for subsequent updates, notices and postings.

The RFO website contains RFO forms and documents, the RFO Schedule, and Question and Answers.  All questions or other communications regarding this RFO must be submitted via email to [email protected] and cc the IEs  Jon Jacobs -[email protected] and Barbara Sands - [email protected] by the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS as specified in Section 5.0 RFO Schedule.  SDG&E will not accept questions or comments in any other form except at the bidder’s outreach event on April 13, and will not respond to questions submitted after the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS.

Outreach Event/Pre-Bid Conference

SDG&E will host one bidder outreach event on April 13, 2016 which will be an in-person event (with dial-in / webinar available for those that cannot attend in-person). 

Participation in these events is NOT mandatory in order to submit an offer.


Event / Conference Information


LCR RFO Bidder Outreach Event / Bidder's Conference

Date / Time

April 13, 2016 11:00 (PDT) – 2:00 (PDT) (we may not use all this time, depending on the length of the question and answer periods) *


Dial In


Conference ID



Energy Innovation Center
4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd
San Diego, CA 92117


* Please also note that although refreshments will be served, we will not be serving lunch

Please monitor the RFO Website for further details (such as conference presentation materials and final arrangements).  SDG&E will make efforts to notify bidders of outreach event details via e-mail as well as providing this information via the RFO Website.

Any party interested in attending these events should email the following information to [email protected] and cc the IEs Jon Jacobs -[email protected] and Barbara Sands - [email protected].

  • Company name, and
  • Attendees’ names, titles and contact information

RFO Announcements

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

Register to Submit Offers

Any party interested in submitting an Offer must register to receive access to the 2016 DEMAND RESPONSE (DR) RFO event on PowerAdvocate® in order to submit an Offer. To register, Respondents must follow the instructions outlined in Section 6 of this RFO, RFO Website and Communications. All Offers must be uploaded to the PowerAdvocate® no later than 1:00 p.m., Pacific Prevailing Time, on the CLOSING DATE (see RFO Schedule).  If Respondents encounter technical difficulties with the uploading process, they should provide evidence of such difficulties (e.g. a screen shot of the error message) and email the bid to:

The RFO mailbox: [email protected] 

Carbon Copy (CC) to: [email protected] and [email protected]

Emails shall be received by 1:00 p.m., Pacific Prevailing Time, on the Closing Date.

[1] Preferred Resources are defined in the Energy Action Plan – as updated in the Energy Action Plan II and 2008 update to the Energy Action Plan II in the loading order as follows: “The loading order identifies energy efficiency and demand response as the State’s preferred means of meeting growing energy needs. After cost-effective efficiency and demand response, we rely on renewable sources of power and distributed generation, such as combined heat and power applications. To the extent efficiency, demand response, renewable resources, and distributed generation are unable to satisfy increasing energy and capacity needs, we support clean and efficient fossil-fired generation.” – See the Energy Action Plan II, p.2 at: