DIDF Partnership Pilot


Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") is issuing its Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) Partnership Pilot ("DIDF Partnership Pilot") in compliance with California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") Decision 21-02-006, February 12, 2021. The DIDF Partnership Pilot is designed to procure Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to avoid or defer utility distribution investments.

What is the Partnership Pilot?

The Partnership Pilot is a five-year DER distribution deferral tariff pilot, which involves a tiered payment structure paid to aggregators of behind-the-meter (BTM) DERs who partner with the IOUs to dispatch the DERs to meet grid needs according to their contractual obligations.

Traditionally, utilities like PG&E invest in the electric grid to ensure the energy needs of their customers are met. Through the DIDF Partnership Pilot, customers can be part of the solution in managing electric loads. The DIDF Partnership Pilot will allow DER providers to work directly with PG&E customers to demonstrate support of the growing grid and potentially allow for the deferral of traditional utility investments.

For more information please visit: DER Partnership Pilot page

Targeted Schedule

EventDate/Time (PPT)

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


2021-2022 Partnership Pilot Subscription Period


Prescreening Application Period Opens

July 15, 2022

Prescreening Application(s) due via the online platform at Power Advocate

August 14, 2022 at 11:59pm

Advice Letter Filed for 2022-2023 Partnership Pilot Projects

November 15, 2022

Next Prescreening Opportunity for Aggregators 

December 15, 2022 – January 14, 2023

2022-2023 Pilot Subscription Period Begins

January 17, 2023

Pre-Screening Documents

2021-2022 Partnership Pilot Documents

Deferral Opportunities

Deferral opportunities offered through the Partnership Pilot can be found in PG&E's Deferral Opportunities Report below.  In accordance with CPUC Decision 21-02-006, the Deferral Opportunities Report will be updated monthly with the amount of Behind-The-Meter (BTM) Distributed Energy Resources (DER) capacity needs for each deferral opportunity.

PG&E's June 2022 Deferral Opportunities Report

Power Advocate Instructions, Registration Information and Submittal for 2021-2022 Partnership Pilot

All Participants interested in submitting into PG&E's DIDF Partnership Pilot will need to pre-register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer using the link below:

Deferral Locations Power Advocate Link Event ID
Embarcadero (SF Z) 1116 https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=130374&pubEvent=true 130374
Embarcadero (SF Z) 1118 https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=130365&pubEvent=true 130365
Rocklin 1105 https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=130381&pubEvent=true 130381
Anita 1105 https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=130383&pubEvent=true 130383

Only those Participants that have been accepted through the Power Advocate platform will be permitted to submit an Offer. We encourage you to register as early as possible.

Contact Information

To ensure the accuracy and consistency of information provided to all Participants. PG&E requests that Participants communicate by email toPartnershipPilotDIDF@pge.com.

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