Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism

The Renewable Auction Mechanism (“RAM”) Program was established by the CPUC in Decision 10-12-048 on December 17, 2010. This program was established to provide a streamlined process for PG&E to procure energy from new and existing RPS eligible generators. The energy procured from this solicitation will be applied towards PG&E’s overall long-term RPS procurement goals.

On May 15, 2014, the Commission issued Resolution E-4655 (PDF, 1.4 MB) authorizing the modification to the RAM program. PG&E made modifications to the RAM Program Protocol and Appendices as directed by the Resolution and has filed the Compliance Filing Advice Letter 4428-E (PDF, 3.4 MB) on May 29, 2014.

Please note that the RAM 5 RFO is closed. Please see PG&E's RAM 6 and Community Solar Choice/Green Tariff Shared Renewables pages for information regarding PG&E's RAM 6 RFO.

PG&E's Schedule for RAM 5

PG&E issues RAM 5 May 30, 2014
Deadline to submit registration (XLS, 54 KB) for Participants’ Webinar June 9, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. (PPT)
Participants’ Webinar June 11, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. - noon (PPT)
Deadline for Participants' to submit Offers via Power Advocate June 27, 2014 no later than 12:00 P.M. (PPT)
Selected and Waitlisted Participants notified September 5, 2014
Target timeframe of Execution of final Agreements October 14, 2014
Advice Letter Filing for executed RAM PPAs November 21, 2014

PG&E has developed an interactive, Google-based map of its service territory. The map is a tool to help renewable energy developers identify potential project sites. It not a guarantee that generators can interconnect at any particular time and place.

Participants' Webinar

PG&E hosted the Bidders' Webinar for RAM 5 on June 11, 2014 from 10:00 am (PPT) to Noon. The presentation of this event, along with the attendee list, the audio file and the Q&A are available below.

If the audio portion of the Bidder's Webinar does not open in your browser, you will need to open the Windows Media Player and copy the URL into your media file application.

Distribution and Transmission Information

The Generator Interconnection Procedure pursuant to the WDT and CAISO Tariff consists of three application processes: (1) The “Fast Track Procedure” for generators 5 MW (2 MW on 12kV, 3MW on 21kV, and 5MW on higher voltages) in size that pass the “Fast Track Screens" (2) the “Independent Study Process” for all generators that are electrically independent from another generator or cluster of generators, and (3) the “Cluster Study Process” for interconnection requests that do not qualify for the Fast Track Process or the Independent Study Process.

Under the CAISO Tariff and PG&E WDT Generator Interconnection Procedures, all interconnection requests under the Independent Study Process or Cluster Process may request interconnection as a “full capacity” resource. Please refer to PG&E’s or CAISO’s website for more details.

For more information about the interconnection process, please visit PG&E's Wholesale Generator Interconnections website. Sellers may also send an email to PG&E’s Generation Interconnection Services at

Any application for interconnection to PG&E’s can now be submitted through an online form available at the:

Power Advocate Instructions and Registration Information

Important Information

All Participants who are interested in submitting a bid package into PG&E’s RAM5 will need to register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer into the RFO. To register at Power Advocate, click on the link below:

Only those participants that have been accepted through the Power Advocate platform will be permitted to bid into this RFO.

We strongly encourage you to register now.

Power Advocate Instructions

All bid package materials must be submitted on the Power Advocate site by the schedule and time indicated above.

Power Advocate Instructions (PDF, 216 KB)

RAM RFO Protocol and Appendices

Frequently Asked Questions

Contact Information

For information or questions about PG&E's RAM RFO email to

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