San Diego Gas & Electric Co. is seeking power purchase agreements with facilities that produce renewable portfolio standard-eligible energy for the green tariff shared renewables, or GTSR, program in California.
The GTSR decisions by the state Public Utilities Commission allows the company, or SDG&E, to implement the GTSR program, which includes a green tariff, or EcoChoice program, allowing customers to choose a higher percentage of renewable generation than they already get from SDG&E and an enhanced community renewables, or EcoShare program, allowing customers to participate in community-based projects.
Overall, the Sempra Energy subsidiary's GTSR program is designed to meet customer demand of up to 59 MW, with 10 MW of the total program capacity being set aside for projects located in designated environmental justice areas.
To meet its EcoShare targets, the utility said it will seek offers sized 20 MW or less for either its EcoShare or EcoChoice programs. Distributed energy resource providers participating in the EcoShare program can aggregate resources to meet the CAISO 0.5 MW minimum size requirement to bid into the market. Projects must be located within SDG&E's service territory or in the Imperial Valley.
The utility is seeking a total of up to 29 MW for the EcoChoice product with a maximum individual project size limit of 20 MW. The procurement targets for the EcoShare product is up to 20 MW, according to requests for offers issued Oct. 16.
Interested bidders must submit their offer(s) electronically via PowerAdvocate no later than noon PT on Nov. 17. All questions or other communications regarding this joint RFO should be submitted via email to ECRRAMSolicitation@semprautilities.com for the EcoShare product or RAMSolicitation@semprautilities.com for the EcoChoice product. In either case, the bidders must CC the independent evaluator, Frank Mossburg of Bates White, at email@example.com.
The utility will hold a bidder's conference on Oct. 23 at 1 p.m. PT. It will issue the notification to the winning and contingent bidders on Jan. 5, 2018.
The PowerAdvocate solicitation website can be accessed at https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=73146&pubEvent=true.