PG&E is issuing the 2018 Integrated Distributed Energy Resources ("IDER") Incentive Pilot Request for Offers ("RFO" or "Solicitation") to demonstrate the efficacy of distributed energy resources (DERs) provision of cost-effective electric distribution services, as required by California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") Decision 16-12-036 and Resolution E-4889.

The location for this pilot demonstration is PG&E's Gonzales substation, which is located within PG&E's Gonzales distribution planning area and is expected to have overload conditions due to peak demand. Gonzales Substation was selected due to its timing certainty and potential for cost-effective DER solutions to address thermal overloading on peak days. PG&E is seeking to procure up to 2 MWs of DERs (up to 0.5 MW at Gonzales Bank 3 and up to 1.5 MW at Gonzales Bank 4), to provide load capacity by increasing generation, reducing electrical consumption, or shifting load. The additional distribution capacity needs to be available by June 2021 and must be mantained for five years.

Targeted Schedule

EventDate/Time (PPT)

Participants may register online at PG&E’s RFO website to receive notices regarding the solicitation


PG&E issues the RFO

November 14, 2018

Participants' Webinar

November 15, 2018 at 1:30 PM

Offer(s) due via the online platform at Power Advocate

December 13, 2018 at 1:00 PM

Offer(s) due to IE via USB flash-drive

December 14, 2018

Participants notified of eligibility for shortlisted offer negotiations

January 14, 2019

Participants notify PG&E whether they accept Shortlist status and ackowledge acceptance of the Confidentiality agreement

January 21, 2019

PG&E's target Advice Letter filing for CPUC Approval

April 25, 2019

IDER RFO Protocol and Appendices

Additional Documents and Materials

Power Advocate Instructions, Registration Information and Offer Submittal

All Participants interested in submitting a bid package into PG&E's 2018 IDER RFO will need to pre-register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer using the link below:

Only those participants that have been accepted through the Power Advocate platform will be permitted to submit an offer into this RFO. We encourage you to register now.

In addition to the submission of Offers through Power Advocate, Participants must simultaneously submit their offer materials to the IE on a USB flash-drive for physical delivery no later than one day following the Power Advocate offer submission deadline. The Participant’s flash-drive must contain the same materials that were submitted through Power Advocate and must be sent to the IE at the following address:

Sedway Consulting, Inc.

821 15th Street

Boulder, CO 80302 PH: (303) 581-4172

Participants' Conference and Webinar

PG&E will host a Participants' Webinar for the 2018 IDER RFO. See below for event details:

  • Date: Thursday, November 15, 2018
  • Time:1:30 - 3:30 PM (PPT)
  • Webcast Info: https://engage.vevent.com/rt/_pge_~11152018_1330pt Please note that for optimal viewing, it is best not to use VPN, but instead to connect directly to the internet. Please disable your pop-up blockers in order to view the content in its entirety. This event is being streamed. It is recommended that you listen via your computer speakers. Additional options for audio listening: Toll-Free Attendee Dial In: 866-294-4341 / Conference ID: 7550389

The presentation of this event, along with the audio file and attendee list will be available shortly after the event.

Contact Information

To ensure the accuracy and consistency of information provided to all Participants. PG&E requests that Participants communicate by email to both IDERRFO@pge.com with a copy to the IE, Alan Taylor at alan.taylor@sedwayconsulting.com.

All correspondence to and from the Participant will be monitored by the IE, who the CPUC has seclected to oversee this Solicitation. The IE is an independent, third-party evaluator who will be monitoring and evaluating this Solicitation.

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