Summer 2015 Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM)

SDG&E’s Summer 2015 RAM RFO Seeking RAM Power Purchase Agreements

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) is issuing its sixth 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, Resolution E-4655, and D.14-11-042 (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 165 MW over the course of six solicitations.  SDG&E’s first, second, third, fourth and fifth RAM solicitations, held in November, 2011, May, 2012, November, 2012, May, 2013, and June, 2014, respectively, resulted in the procurement of approximately 73 MW, leaving approximately 92 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.  

As part of its sixth RAM, SDG&E is also soliciting bids for additional solar capacity as required by D. 15-01-051 (the Green Tariff Shared Renewables Decision or GTSR Decision).  The GTSR Decision requires SDG&E to implement two programs:  (1) a Green Tariff (“SunRate”) program, allowing customers to choose a higher percentage of renewable generation; and (2) an Enhanced Community Renewables (“Share the Sun”) program, allowing customers to participate in community-based projects.  These programs are intended to:  1) make clean, renewable energy available to all customers, whether they own a home and/or can afford a significant capital investment or not; (2) increase the overall volume of renewable energy in the San Diego area; and (3) increase options for institutional, commercial and residential customers to meet their renewable energy goals.  In this solicitation, SDG&E is seeking to procure 10.5 – 25 MW of capacity for the SunRate program only.

As required by the GTSR Decision, SDG&E will seek to offer approximately 17% (1.75 to 4.2 MW) of its SunRate target to projects no larger than 1 MW located in areas previously identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency as the most impacted and disadvantaged communities (Environmental Justice or EJ Reservation). 

List of eligible census tracts for Environmental Justice projects

This solicitation is limited to seeking PPAs through the auction mechanism.  This solicitation is not requesting bids for unbundled 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)
  • 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:

Logging In to PowerAdvocate

You can access the PowerAdvocate platform via a web browser.

To log in

  1. Open a web browser and go to http://poweradvocate.com

    PowerAdvocate functions in most web browsers; however, using browsers other than Internet Explorer (IE) version 6 or higher may cause certain functionality to work unexpectedly. Should you encounter problems, PowerAdvocate support may be unable to provide assistance until the issue has been replicated in a supported version of Internet Explorer.

  2. Click Login.

    The Login page appears; you may wish to bookmark it for quick access.

  3. Enter your account User Name and Password.

    Both are case-sensitive.

    If you do not have an account, go to http://poweradvocate.com and click the Registration link at the top of the page. If you have an account but do not remember your user information, click Forgot User Name or Forgot Password and they will be emailed to you.

  4. Click Login.

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

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

https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=51353&pubEvent=true

All parties interested in submitting an offer must register to receive access to the Summer 2015 SDG&E RAM VI RFO event on PowerAdvocate® in order to submit an offer.  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 August 21, 2015 (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.

RFO Communication

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via e-mail to RAMSolicitation@semprautilities.com.  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.

Bidder’s Conference

SDG&E will hold one bidder’s conference via web conference.  The bidder’s conference will be held on Wednesday July 22, 2015 from 1:00 PM to 4:00 PM, PST.  If you plan to join, please email RAMSolicitation@semprautilities.com, by Friday, July 17, 2015, 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.

Summer 2015 RAM RFO Bidder’s Conference (July 22, 2015)  Event reference: 1659723
Date: 22 Jul 2015 – 1:00 PM, PST

Bidder’s Conference presentation
Audience link: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/sempra/index.jsp?seid=111
Participant dial in (toll-free)*: (866)244 - 4629

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.

Submitting Offers

All parties interested in submitting an offer must register to receive access to the Summer 2015 SDG&E RAM VI RFO event on PowerAdvocate® in order to submit an offer.  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 August 21, 2015 (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

  • 2015 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

    July 13, 2015

    2.

    Bidder’s Conference

    July 22, 2015

    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 8/5/15.

    July 29, 2015

    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

    August 21, 2015

    7.

    NOTIFICATION TO WINNING AND CONTINGENT BIDDERS

    October 30, 2015

    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

    November 6, 2015

    9.

    NOTIFICATION TO CONTINGENT BIDDERS

    November 10, 2015

    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

    November 17, 2015

    11.

    SDG&E issues appreciation notices to unsuccessful Respondents

    December 11, 2015

    12.

    Execute PPAs for targeted 91.8 MW for RAM and 10.5 – 25 MW for SunRate

    December 11, 2015

    13.

    SDG&E submits Tier 2 Advice Letter with PPAs to CPUC for approval

    January 15, 2016

    14.

    Anticipated CPUC approval (prior to any appeal and/or suspension)

    February 12, 2016