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Distribution Investment Deferral Framework ("DIDF") Partnership Pilot

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Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") is issuing its Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) Partnership Pilot ("DIDF Partnership Pilot") in compliance with California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") Decision 21-02-006 (DOCX), February 12, 2021. The DIDF Partnership Pilot is designed to procure Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to avoid or defer utility distribution investments.


What is the Partnership Pilot?


The Partnership Pilot is a five-year DER distribution deferral tariff pilot, which involves a tiered payment structure paid to aggregators of behind-the-meter (BTM) DERs who partner with the IOUs to dispatch the DERs to meet grid needs according to their contractual obligations.


Traditionally, utilities like PG&E invest in the electric grid to ensure the energy needs of their customers are met. Through the DIDF Partnership Pilot, customers can be part of the solution in managing electric loads. The DIDF Partnership Pilot will allow DER providers to work directly with PG&E customers to demonstrate support of the growing grid and potentially allow for the deferral of traditional utility investments.


For more information visit DER Partnership Pilot page.

Pre-Screening Documents (Opens July 15, 2024)


There are two Pre-screening application documents:

  • Application Form (XLSB)
  • Developer Experience Form (PDF)


Deferral Opportunities


Deferral opportunities offered through the Partnership Pilot can be found in PG&E's Deferral Opportunities Report below.  In accordance with CPUC Decision 21-02-006, the Deferral Opportunities Report will be updated monthly with the amount of Behind-The-Meter (BTM) Distributed Energy Resources (DER) capacity needs for each deferral opportunity.


2021-2022 Partnership Pilot: All Candidate Deferral Opportunities closed without any reservations.


2022-2023 Partnership Pilot: All Candidate Deferral Opportunities closed without any reservations.


2023-2024 Partnership Pilot: PG&E's April 2024 Deferral Opportunities Report for 23-24 (XLSX)


2021-2022 Partnership Pilot Documents


All opportunities closed.


2022-2023 Partnership Pilot


All opportunities closed.


2023-2024 Partnership Pilot Documents


There are (3) Deferral Opportunities, one of which (Giffen Bank 2) is confidential*. All solicitation documents can be downloaded from the Power Advocate platform links below.  Solicitation documents include:

  • Protocol
  • Appendix A Reservation Form
  • Distribution Services Agreement
  • Appendix F Load Details
  • Aggregator Affidavit


important notice icon Note: Appendix F Load Details and Appendix A Reservation Form were revised on 1/31/2024. See changes on Power Advocate.


 *To obtain access to confidential Deferral Locations on Power Advocate, submit a valid executed Non-Disclosure and Use of Information Agreement (NDA) (DOCX) to PartnershipPilotDIDF@pge.com.


Participants' Webinar


PG&E hosted a webinar on January 31, 2024. See the webinar presentation here (PDF)


Questions and Answers


Contact Information


To ensure the accuracy and consistency of information provided to all Participants. PG&E requests that Participants communicate by email to PartnershipPilotDIDF@pge.com.


To receive notices about this solicitation and to be added to PG&E's RFO Distribution List, visit Distribution List Form.




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