PG&E Central Procurement Entity
Welcome to PG&E's Central Procurement Entity (CPE) Website
On June 17, 2020, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued Decision ("D.") 20-06-002 ("CPE Decision") effective as of June 11, 2020, identifying PG&E as the CPE for its electric distribution service area. Beginning in 2021, PG&E is required to procure or obtain self-shown commitments for capacity to meet the 3-year forward multi-year local resource adequacy (RA) requirement on behalf of all CPUC-jurisdictional load serving entities (CPUC LSEs) within its electric distribution service area beginning with the 2023 compliance year.
PG&E acting in its CPE function (PG&E CPE) will periodically conduct solicitations / Requests for Offers (RFOs) to procure or obtain self-shown commitments for local RA from resources in local capacity areas within PG&E’s electric distribution service area to reduce and/or meet its local RA procurement obligations in accordance with the CPE Decision, D.20-12-006., the Local Capacity Requirement Reduction Compensation Mechanism Decision ("LCR RCM Decision"), and D.22-03-034 (“RA OIR Phase 1 Decision”).
Information about PG&E CPE's solicitations / RFOs will be posted on this website and referenced below. When PG&E CPE conducts a solicitation / RFO in its CPE function, it will be announced via email to potential participants and posted below. To receive notices about PG&E CPE's solicitations / RFOs and to be added to PG&E CPE’s Distribution List, please register via the link at the bottom of this webpage.
Solicitations / RFOs that are conducted by PG&E acting in its role as the CPE are entirely separate and distinct from PG&E's procurement on behalf of its bundled electric service customers.
The CPE Decision allows PG&E, on behalf of its bundled electric service customers, to participate (PG&E Participant) in solicitations / RFOs issued by the PG&E CPE in the same manner as all other CPUC LSEs, and outlines specific requirements on how PG&E Participant must participate in PG&E CPE solicitations / RFOs.
Consistent with the CPE Decision, PG&E CPE has developed a competitive neutrality rule, adopted in the LCR RCM Decision and a strict code of conduct, developed through consultation with the Cost Allocation Mechanism Procurement Review Group ("CAM PRG"), an Independent Evaluator ("IE"), and the CPUC's Energy Division, to prevent the sharing of confidential, market sensitive information that PG&E CPE receives from third-parties as part of its solicitations / RFOs. Similarly, all solicitations / RFOs conducted by PG&E CPE will be run in consultation with the CAM PRG and an IE.
PG&E CPE Solicitations / RFOs
2022 CPE Kern-Lamont Battery Energy Storage RFO
Procure local RA from battery energy storage resources located at the Lamont 115 kV Substation in the Kern local capacity area.
2022 CPE Local RA RFO
Procure local RA or obtain self-shown commitments for local RA from resources located in local capacity areas within PG&E’s electric distribution service area.
2021 CPE Local RA RFO
Procure local RA from resources located in local capacity areas within PG&E's electric distribution service area.
Request to be added to PG&E's CPE Distribution List
For those who wish to receive notification of PG&E CPE's solicitations / RFOs and/or other program related information complete the CPE Distribution List Form.
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Supply Chain Responsibility
PG&E is committed to supply chain responsibility which includes supplier diversity, sustainability, and ethical supply chain practices.
The Supplier Diversity Program, launched in 1981, aims to provide diverse suppliers with economic opportunities to supply products and services to PG&E. The Supplier Sustainability Program, launched in 2007, encourages supplier responsibility, excellence and innovation.
Promoting an ethical supply chain means that Health and Safety, Labor Issues, Human Rights, Ethical Business Conduct and Conflicts of Interest are important considerations in supplier selection. PG&E will determine how an Offer will assist PG&E in reaching its enterprise-wide supply chain responsibility goals.
It is the policy of PG&E that small and diverse businesses shall have the maximum practicable opportunity to participate in the performance of agreements resulting from this solicitation, including Small Business Enterprises (“SBEs”); and Women, Minority, Disabled Veteran and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprises (“WMDVLGBTBEs”). PG&E encourages Participants to carry out PG&E’s policy and contribute to PG&E’s supplier diversity goal. If Participant is selected and an Agreement is negotiated, the Agreement will include a requirement to make good faith efforts toward meeting the contracted supplier diversity target, and successful bidder(s) will be expected to report payments made to DBEs to support the project upon request but no less than annually.
Diverse businesses are certified as women-owned, minority-owned, disabled veteran-owned and LGBT-owned business enterprises' (WMDVLGBTBEs as defined by General Order 156 (PDF, 224 KB).
"Woman-owned" is a business at least 51% owned by one or more women, and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more women.
"Minority-owned" is a business at least 51% owned by one or more minority individuals, and whose management and daily operations are controlled by one or more minority individuals. Recognized minorities include Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and Native Americans, among others.
"Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender-owned" is a business enterprise that is at least 51% owned by a Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender Enterprise (LGBTE), or, in the case of any publicly-owned business, at least 51% of the stock of which is owned by one or more LGBTE and whose management and daily business operations are controlled by one or more of those individuals.
“WMLGBTBE" means a women-owned, minority-owned and/or LGBT-owned business enterprise. Under these rules, a woman, a minority and/or an LGBT person owning such an enterprise must be either U.S. citizens or legal aliens with permanent residence status in the United States.
“Disabled veteran” refers to a veteran of the military, naval or air service of the United States with a service-connected disability who is a resident of the State of California.
To apply for certification as a Women, minority, LGBT, and disabled veteran-owned businesses, review the instructions and Application located on the California Public Utilities Commission, The Supplier Clearinghouse website.
The Clearinghouse also accepts women and/or minority business certification from agencies with comparable verification criteria.
Firms seeking certification as a disabled veteran-owned enterprise must contact the Department of General Services.