As a result of the ongoing drought and resulting bark beetle infestations, the Governor issued a Proclamation of a State of Emergency on October 30, 2015 to address devastating tree mortality and the hazards that such tree mortality creates for the state of California.


Under Resolution E-4770, and in accordance with the Governor's Emergency Proclamation, the IOUs are required to hold a Renewable Auction Mechanism procurement solicitation targeted at facilities that utilize biofuel from high hazard zones. The auction will be open to new and existing facilities.


High hazard zones are areas of the state representing a high risk for wildfire and falling trees, resulting from severe drought conditions and bark beetle infestation. Areas are designated as CalFire Tier 1 and Tier 2 HHZ by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), the California Natural Resources Agency, the California Department of Transportation, the California Energy Commission, or other designated agency.


PG&E's BioRAM Program Protocol, Rider and Appendices were filed in Advice Letter 4822-E, Supplemental Advice Letter 4822-E-A and Supplemental Advice Letter 4822-E-B and were approved via a Disposition Letter date June 14, 2016.

PG&E's schedule for BioRAM

EventDate/Time

PG&E issues BioRAM

June 28, 2016

Participants' webinar

July 7, 2016 at 1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M. (PPT)

Deadline for participants to submit offers via Power Advocate

July 28, 2016 no later than 12:00 P.M. (PPT)

Selected and waitlisted participants notified

October 4, 2016

Target timeframe of execution of final Agreements

October 25, 2016

Target Advice Letter filing for executed BioRAM PPAs

November 15, 2016

BioRAM RFO protocol and appendices




Participants' webinar


PG&E hosted a Bidders' Webinar for BioRAM on July 7, 2016 from 1:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M. (PPT). The presentation of this event, along with the audio file is 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.




Power Advocate instructions and registration information


Important information


All Participants who are interested in submitting a bid package into PG&E's BioRAM RFO will need to register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer into the RFO. To register at Power Advocate, click on the following link: https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=58234&pubEvent=true


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

We 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.


Download: Power Advocate Instructions (PDF, 214 KB)



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 wholesalegen@pge.com


Any application for interconnection to PG&E's can now be submitted through an online form available at the: http://www.pge.com/wholesale_apply.



Frequently asked questions




Contact information


For information or questions about PG&E's BioRAM RFO please email: RAMRFO@pge.com.