Urgent Alert

Energy efficiency third-party solicitations

Energy efficiency programs proposed, designed and implemented by third parties 



PG&E will issue a series of solicitations for energy efficiency (EE) programs proposed, designed and implemented by third parties as part of a new statewide model for EE program delivery required in the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) Decision [D] 15-10-028.

Download CPUC [D] 15-10-028 (PDF)

As part of this new model, PG&E will be the Portfolio Administrator and establish a new rolling portfolio of EE programs extending through 2022. The scope of these solicitations will cover the procurement of programs serving all existing and future PG&E customer sectors and markets.


PG&E developed an EE Business Plan to help navigate this period of transition. The EE Business Plan outlines our approach and strategy to deliver on EE goals through 2025.


Download PG&E EE Business Plan (PDF)


Solicitations announcements


This page is the main source for all EE solicitations announcements and associated bid package information.


  • Under Solicitations Schedule, below, you’ll find a broad overview schedule that will be updated as needed.
  • Under Active and Upcoming Solicitations, find specific solicitation event information such as bid packages, important dates and meetings. You'll find access to PowerAdvocate, the platform PG&E uses to manage bids, here too.


Do you have specific solicitations questions? Ask them using PowerAdvocate.

Do you have general energy efficiency solicitations questions? Email PG&E's solicitations team. Please note that emails sent to this email address will only be responded to on the topic of Solicitations/RFPs. If you have a question not related to Solicitations or RFPs, please call: 1-877-660-6789 (English) / 1-800-660-6789 (Español).


Schedule of upcoming solicitations


IOU schedules are updated at a minimum on a quarterly basis. Each solicitation schedule may vary and is subject to change.

Download solicitation schedule (XLSX)


Note: PG&E's solicitation schedule was updated on June 01, 2024.

If the following information does not answer your question, email PG&E's solicitations team.

The Cost Effectiveness Tool (CET) is used to evaluate:

  • Energy efficiency programs
  • Energy efficiency measures
  • Enegy efficiency portfolios


Note: Third parties are required to use the CET in solicitation responses.



Instructions for accessing the CET


Step 1: Register for an account with the California Energy Data and Reporting System (CEDARS). To do this:

  1. Go to the CEDARS website.
  2. Click "Register" on the top right.
  3. Enter your information in the Registration fields.
  4. Be sure to select "Community" under the Affiliation drop-down menu.
  5. CEDARS will send you an email to verify your information.
  6. Click on the link.


Step 2: Once registered, log into CEDARS.


Step 3: Once logged in, click on the Cost-Effectiveness Tool (CET) tab in the top menu bar of the CEDARS homepage.

  • This CET tab will only be visible once you've registered and logged in.
  • The CET tab on the CEDARS website includes a CET user guide, the CET data specification, and a link to run the CET.

Note: Bidders must use the version of the CET on the CEDARS website in solicitation responses. The CET Desktop version of the tool is no longer supported by the CPUC.



CET training materials


The CET is used to evaluate energy efficiency programs, measures and portfolios. Third parties are required to use the CET in solicitation responses.


Download the training below to learn how to prepare input files, interface with the tool and interpret results. It is designed specifically for Community CET users, such as third-party Implementers and PA non-reporting staff.


Download Introduction to Using the CET Cost Effectiveness Results (PDF)

The Proposal Evaluation and Proposal Management Application (PEPMA) has a workpaper development training presentation that:


  • Introduces third-party implementers to the tools and information they need to develop their own workpapers
  • Clarifies roles and responsibilities around workpaper development
  • Describes the process and timing for review and approval of third-party workpapers


Go to PEPMA-ca.com to find the presentation. It is filed under "Resources." 

"Customer Targeting for Residential Energy Efficiency Programs"

This whitepaper investigates the potential for increased electricity and demand savings by targeting customers for EE intervention based on features derived from their AMI usage profiles.


Read "Customer Targeting for Residential EE Programs" (PDF)

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Implementers may design programs that use one or more of these four platforms:

  • Deemed
  • Custom
  • Meter-based
  • Financing

Download the PG&E Resource Savings Rulebook (PDF)

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PG&E purchase programs and sourcing

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Download frequently requested FAQs:

Do you have specific solicitations questions? Ask them using PowerAdvocate.


Do you have general energy efficiency solicitations questions? Email PG&E's solicitations team.



Does PG&E offer feedback to bidders as part of the 3P EE Solicitation Process?


Yes. As part of the PG&E 3P EE Solicitations Process, PG&E offers feedback to non-advancing bidders at the conclusion of the RFA or, if the bidder is invited to participate in the RFP, at the conclusion of the RFP.


  • To maintain a fair and unbiased solicitation process, Bidders who respond to PG&E’s offer of feedback will receive the same level of information and the feedback will be provided at a high level only.
  • Communication will be provided verbally via a meeting with PG&E Sourcing.

Discover PG&E training sessions designed to educate third-party vendors about the energy efficiency solicitation process and various energy efficiency platforms.


"Integration of Demand Response Controls into Energy Efficient Retrofits Webinar"

On June 3rd, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) hosted a webinar sharing concepts and findings that are reflected in the Energy Efficiency Business Plan Decision (D.18-05-041) Section 2.4.2, regarding the integration of demand response controls into energy efficiency retrofits. This decision is called for third-party approaches to a limited integration of demand response (DR) lighting and HVAC controls in small, medium, and large commercial buildings, as well as DR for HVAC controls in residences, the latter specifically to support the residential transition to time-of-use rates. The decision dedicated some $23 million per year statewide to support these DR control integration efforts. The presentation of this event along with the recording of the event is available below.



Other training materials

Download PG&E Energy Efficiency Platforms Training (PDF)



Do you have solicitations questions? Ask them using PowerAdvocate.

Do you have general energy efficiency solicitations questions? Email PG&E's solicitations team.

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CPUC Standard and Modifiable Terms and Conditions (PDF)

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