Second Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM)

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.

PG&E filed the Compliance Filing Advice Letter 4032-E (PDF, 4.6 MB) on April 26, 2012 in response to Resolution E-4489 (DOC, 146 KB) that was issued on April 19, 2012. This Resolution approves with modification PG&E's Advice Letter Advice Letter 4000-E (PDF, 218 KB).

Participants' Conference and Forum

PG&E hosted the Participants' Conference and Forum at PG&E's facilities and via webinar on May 16 from 1:30 - 5:00 (PDT). The presentation of the Participants Conference and the Forum are available below. We will be posting the audio file to the forum, questions and answers, and the attendee list from the conference at a later time. If you do not want your name and company name posted, please send an email to the RAM RFO mailbox by Monday, May 21, 2012.

If the audio portion of the Bidders' Conference does not open in your browser you will need to open the Windows Media Player and copy the URL link into your media file application.

If you have questions about the RAM program, please continue to email the RAM RFO mailbox by clicking on the link or sending an email to

PG&E's Schedule for the 2nd RAM

Bidders' Conference and Forum registration deadline May 14, 2012 by 5:00 pm (PPT)
Bidders' Conference May 16, 2012 at 1:30 P.M. (PPT)
Bidders' Forum May 16, 2012 following the Bidders' Conference
PG&E issues RFO May 1, 2012
Deadline for Participants' to submit Offers May 31, 2012 no later than 12:00 pm (PPT)
Selected and Waitlisted Participants notified August 14, 2012
Execution of final Agreements September 13, 2012

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, but it is not a guarantee that generators can interconnect at any particular time and place.

Distribution and Transmission Information

The Generator Interconnection Procedure pursuant to the WDT and CAISO Tariff consists of three application processes: (1) The “Fast Track Process” 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. Currently, per Section 4.6 of CAISO’s tariff, “full capacity” deliverability assessments are only available for interconnection customers under the Independent Study Process or Cluster Process. Thus, unless CAISO adopts a tariff amendment or interprets its existing tariff otherwise, it appears as though customers seeking to interconnect using either PG&E's revised WDT Fast Track process or the CAISO's Fast Track process would not be eligible for "full capacity" deliverability assessments.

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 distribution system must be directed to PG&E's Generation Interconnection Services at {}

Offer Submission

When submitting your offers, please limit the size of your emails to (inclusive of attachments) 10 MB. If you need to submit multiple emails for an offer, please clearly identify your submission by using the convention in the email subject header "Project Name Email 1 of X".

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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