Renewable Portfolio Standard RFO - December 2012

San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) is issuing this Request for Offers (“RFO”) to solicit offers from eligible renewable energy generators (“Respondents”).  By responding, Respondents are bound by the terms of this RFO. 

SDG&E is required to serve its customers in the following manner: (a) with an average of 20% of retail sales from renewable resources between January 1, 2011 and December 31, 2013, inclusive  (“Compliance Period 1”) (b) with 25% of retail sales from renewable resources by December 31, 2016, with reasonable progress made in 2014 and 2015  (“Compliance Period 2”); (c) with 33% of retail sales from renewable resources by December 31, 2020, with reasonable progress made in 2017, 2018 and 2019  (“Compliance Period 3”); and (d) with 33% of retail sales from renewable resources in each year beyond 2020  (“Post 2020 Compliance Period”). 

SDG&E is seeking resources that meet the requirements of the products outlined in Public Utilities Code 399.16(b) to expand its renewable portfolio for Compliance Period 3.  Details regarding the definition and specific eligibility requirements for each of these products are outlined in the RFO Document, and a summary of the products sought is as follows:

  • Category 1: Long-term energy only or fully deliverable bundled 1 products (term of 10, 15 or 20  years and CODs no earlier than December 2016 and no later than December 2020, with a preference for 2018 and 2019 CODs)

  • Category 2: Long-term energy only or fully deliverable firmed and shaped 2 products (term of 10, 15 or 20  years, with CODs no earlier than January 2018 and no later than December 2020, with a preference for 2018 and 2019 CODs)

  • Category 3: Unbundled RECs 3 that will be generated no earlier than December of 2013 with a preference for those generated in 2015 and later

Resources offered must meet the California Renewables Portfolio Standard (“RPS”) eligibility criteria set forth by the California Energy Commission (“CEC”).  Proposed products may be for Peaking, Baseload, Dispatchable (unit firm), As-available or unbundled RECs.  Proposed resources may include capacity, energy, or unbundled RECs from:

  • Re-powering of existing facilities;

  • Incremental capacity upgrades of existing facilities;

  • New facilities;

  • New facilities that are scheduled to come online during the years specified in this RFO that have excess or uncontracted quantities of power for a short time frame;

  • Existing facilities with expiring contracts; or

  • Eligible resources currently under contract with SDG&E.  SDG&E shall consider offers to extend terms of or expand contracted capacities for existing agreements.

SDG&E is not requesting bids for any other RPS procurement activities that currently exist or are being contemplated.

Winning Category 1 and 2 Respondents must be poised to sign an agreement in substantially the form of the Model Power Purchase Agreement.  Winning Category 3 Respondents must enter into an Edison Electric Institute (“EEI”) Master Agreement, which can be found on the EEI website, with SDG&E if Respondent has not done so already, along with the associated Model REC Agreement.  Any resultant agreement shall be subject to CPUC approval, and must be executed within twelve (12) months from the date upon which the shortlist was submitted to the CPUC.


Solicitation Protocols

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

RFO Document

Required Forms and Documents

Respondents may submit offers to this solicitation by submitting the forms listed below which are available on the RFO Website.  Failure to provide the required information may result in the offer being deemed non-conforming and may disqualify the offer from further consideration.

Required Forms for Category 1 and 2 Offers

Participation Summary

Project Description Form - Submit one per project.

Pricing Form - Respondents may submit up to three pricing options per project.

Credit Application

Model PPA - Required for offers that include energy deliveries.  Respondents shall populate and redline the Model PPA.

Project Viability Calculator - Respondents must self assess the viability of the proposed project using the CPUC’s Project Viability Calculator.

  • Interconnection Documents (provided by bidders)
    Respondents must provide an electronic copy of the proposed project’s completed CAISO GIP Phase I or equivalent study (System Impact Study or Facility Study from official North American Electric Reliability Corporation Transmission Operator) if the facility is new, or if the facility is existing, Respondent must provide the facility’s interconnection agreement. 

  • Firming and Shaping/Substitute Energy Agreement (provided by bidders)
    Respondent must provide evidence of the proposed project’s firming and shaping agreement (either draft, or executed version if completed). [Category 2 Only]


Required Forms for Category 3 Offers

Participation Summary

Project Description Form – Submit one per project.

REC Pricing Form – Respondents may submit up to three pricing options per project.

Model REC Agreement – Required for offers for unbundled RECs only. Respondents shall populate and redline the Model REC Agreement.


Submitting Offers

Any party interested in submitting an offer must submit the offer via electronic mail (email) to [email protected], which is the RPS RFO inbox, and attach all required forms and bid materials to the email inbox.  All offers must be emailed to [email protected] no later than 12:00 p.m. (i.e. Noon), Pacific Standard Time, on February 6, 2013 (see RFO Schedule).  The Subject line of the email should be as follows: Bid Submission for SDG&E’s 2012 RPS RFO.  A reply email from the RPS RFO inbox will be sent to the email address submitting the offer to confirm receipt of the offer. 


If Respondents encounter technical difficulties with emailing, they should provide evidence of such difficulties (e.g. a screen shot of the error message) and email the bid again to the RPS RFO inbox by 1:00 p.m., Pacific Standard Time, on the Closing Date.  If the Respondent encounters further technical difficulties with the RPS 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 Fuel Procurement Department

Attn: RPS RFO Response
8315 Century Park Court, CP21D
San Diego, CA  92123-1593
Jonathan Jacobs
PA Consulting Group
1700 Lincoln Street
Suite 4600
Denver, CO 80203




RPS RFO Schedule

The following schedule and deadlines apply to this RFO.  SDG&E reserves the right to revise this schedule at any time 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.






RFO Issued



Pre-Bidder’s Conference in San Diego, California (including webinar)




Question submittal cut-off date.

Answers to all questions will be posted on the website no later than 1 week following question submittal cutoff date




Offers must be emailed to and received by the RFO email in-box no later than NOON (Pacific Prevailing Time).



SDG&E notifies the CPUC (Executive Director) that the RFO has closed.



SDG&E notifies short-listed Respondents



Letter due from short-listed Respondents indicating:

  1. Withdrawal from SDG&E’s solicitation; OR
  2. Acceptance of short-listed standing, withdrawal of participating in any other solicitation and evidence of withdrawal notice to all other solicitors.



Due from short-listed Respondents accepting shortlist standing a Bid Acceptance Fee (see Section 12.0 Credit Terms and Conditions).  In addition, interconnection documentation must be assigned to the entity that will sign the PPA, if not already in the name of such entity.



SDG&E submits FINAL short list to Commission and PRG



SDG&E issues appreciation notices to unsuccessful Respondents



SDG&E files by Tier 2 advice letter (a) Evaluation Criteria and Selection Process Report and (b) Independent Evaluator’s Report



SDG&E commences with PPA negotiations

By October 2013


SDG&E’s 2012 RPS RFO Shortlist Expires



SDG&E submits Tier 3 Advice Letters with contracts/PPAs for Commission approval


*Note: SDG&E has changed this date from 12/7/12 to 12/10/12 per discussion with Energy Division


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 pre-bid conference.  Respondents are encouraged to check this RFO Website periodically for updates, notices, and postings.

SDG&E’s 2012 RPS RFO Pre-Bid Conference on January 11, 2013 Webinar

Date: January 11, 2013
Time: 9AM – 12PM
Location: Webinar
Audience link:
Participant dial in (toll-free): (866) 244-4637

SDG&E RPS RFO Presentation (pdf)

2012 RPS RFO Pre-Bid Conference Q&A (pdf)

Pre-Bid Conference

SDG&E will host one pre-bid conference on January 11, 2013, in San Diego, California. The conference will be held at SDG&E's Energy Innovation Center (4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117) from 9 am to 12 pm. The conference will also be available via webinar for those who cannot attend in person. Though encouraged, participation in the pre-bid conference is NOT mandatory in order to submit an offer. Please monitor the RFO Website periodically. 

Any party interested in attending this pre-bid conference and/or webinar should email the information below to [email protected] by January 3, 2013. Please limit your participation to two representatives per organization.

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

[1] As defined by Public Utilities Code (“PUC”) Section 399.16(b)(1)

[2] As defined by PUC Section 399.16(b)(2)

[3] As defined by PUC Section 399.16(b)(3)

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RFO Document
RFO Document
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Participation Summary
Participation Summary
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Project Description Form
Project Description Form
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Pricing Form
Pricing Form
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Credit Application
Credit Application
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Model PPA
Model PPA
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REC Pricing Form
REC Pricing Form
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Model REC Agreement
Model REC Agreement
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SDG&E RPS RFO Presentation
SDG&E RPS RFO Presentation
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2012 RPS RFO Pre-Bid Conference Q&A
2012 RPS RFO Pre-Bid Conference Q&A