SDG&E 2014 Local Capacity Requirement (LCR) Seeking Eligible Distributed Generation (DG) projects

Description of the RFO

In accordance with Decision (“D.”)14-03-004 – Decision Authorizing Long-Term Procurement for Local Capacity Requirements due to Permanent Retirement of the San Onofre Nuclear Generation Station (the “Track 4 Decision”) approved on March 13, 2014, San Diego Gas and Electric (“SDG&E”) is issuing its 2014 All Source Request for Offers (“RFO”) to solicit offers (“Offers”) from owners and operators of eligible facilities within the San Diego Local Subarea (as defined by the CAISO[1]).

As authorized in the Track 4 Decision, SDG&E is seeking up to 775 MW from qualifying Distributed Generation (DG) facilities.  

SDG&E has separately filed an application for Commission approval of a 600 MW bilateral contract with a conventional resource, the Carlsbad Energy Center (A.14-07-009).  If approved, 600 MW of SDG&E’s need will be filled by this contract and SDG&E will be authorized to procure a minimum of 200 MW of preferred resources, including at least 25 MW of energy storage.  In this event, bidders shall be notified that 600 MW of the need eligible under this RFO has been filled.

Solicitation Documents

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. Offer Form (xls). Credit Offer Form – Both the offer form and the credit offer form should be completed.
  2. Project Description Form (doc) – Please submit one per project.
  3. Electric Interconnection Information

    Note: Copy of completed System Impact Study, a Phase I or II interconnection study, or results from the WDAT Fast Track process if available. 

  4. Credit Application (doc)
  5. Supplier Diversity Information (doc) if applicable

A pro-forma agreement will be provided once SDG&E evaluates the Offer and understands the nature of the facility.

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).  

RFO Schedule

The following schedule and deadlines apply to this solicitation.  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.

No.

Item

Date

1.

RFO Issued

September 5, 2014

2.

Pre-Bid Conference / Bidder Outreach Events (Including E3 Training)

1) September 26, 2014
2) October 24, 2014
3) November 10, 2014 (EE, DR and Energy Storage)

3.

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

December 1, 2014

4.

DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS
Question submittal cut-off date.
Answers to all questions will be posted on the website no later than December 1, 2014.

November 14, 2014

5.

CLOSING DATE:
Offers must be uploaded to and received by the RFO Website no later than 1:00 PM Pacific Prevailing Time on January 5, 2015.

January 5, 2015

6.

SDG&E Begins Bid Evaluation Process

January 6, 2015

7.

SHORTLIST NOTIFICATION
SDG&E notifies Shortlisted Bidders

June 5, 2015

8.

SHORTLISTED BIDDERS ACCEPTANCE/WITHDRAWAL
Letter due from Shortlisted Bidders indicating:

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

+10 Days
after Shortlist Notification

9.

SDG&E issues appreciation notices to unsuccessful Respondents

+3 week
after Shortlisted Bidders accept/withdraw

10.

SDG&E commences with Agreement negotiations

+11 Days after Shortlist Notification

11.

SDG&E submits agreements to CPUC for approval

Q1 2016

12.

Program Implementation Start (pending CPUC Approval)

2017 / 2018

 

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

 

RFO Communication

All subsequent revisions and documents are available for download from the RFO Website (http://www.sdge.com/AllSourceRFO2014) and the 2014 DG event on the PowerAdvocate® website.  Potential Respondents are responsible for monitoring the RFO Website and PowerAdvocate® for subsequent updates, notices and postings.

The website contains required forms and documents, the Schedule, and a Question and Answer forum.  SDG&E will not accept questions or comments in any other form, and will not respond to questions submitted after the DEADLINE TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS.

Distributed Generation Questions and Answers

Outreach Event/Pre-Bid Conference

SDG&E will host three bidder outreach events.  The first event is scheduled for September 26, 2014 which will be an in-person event (with dial-in / webinar available for those that cannot attend in-person).  The second event will be a conference call / webinar only and is scheduled for October 24th.  The third event will focus primarily on the demand response, energy efficiency and energy storage product types will be in-person (conference call / webinar available) and is scheduled for November 10th.   Participation in these events is NOT mandatory in order to submit an offer.

Please monitor this 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]:

  • 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 DG event on PowerAdvocate® in order to submit an Offer. To register, Respondents must follow the instructions outlined in Section 2 of the DG Conformance Document,  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 the schedule above).  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] See the CAISO “Local Capacity Technical Analysis” – draft version for 2015 available at: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/DraftReport-2015LocalCapacityTechnicalAnalysis.pdf; final  version for 2014 located at: http://www.caiso.com/Documents/May1_2013-2014FinalReport-LocalCapacityTechnicalAnalysisR11-10-023.pdf To summarize, projects that interconnect within SDG&E’s service territory connecting to SDG&E owned transmission or distribution facilities at a point that is at or electrically west of the Miguel or Suncrest substations and electrically south of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station 230 kV switchyard bidding as fully deliverable will meet this requirement.  Projects connecting at the Miguel or Suncrest substations are considered to be Local Area Projects for these purposes.