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.21-05-015 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).
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
SDG&E Contract Elements (forthcoming)