DIDF Partnership Pilot


Pacific Gas and Electric Company ("PG&E") is issuing its Prescreening Application for the 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

What is Developer Prescreening?

The purpose of the prescreening process is to vet aggregators in terms of their experience, financial strength, and commercial viability while maintaining technology neutrality and not inhibiting new market entrants. PG&E has developed prescreening criteria that fall in four distinct buckets: (1) Experience, (2) Commercial and Financial Viability, (3) Technological Viability of Dispatchable DERs and (4) Safety. The Prescreening is being conducted pursuant to CPUC approval of PG&E's Advice Letter 6193-E and Advice Letter 6193-E-A and the scoring system for the prescreening is communicated via those advice letters.

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 Prescreening Application

July 15, 2021

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

Saturday, August 14, 2021 at 11:59pm

Projects selection and Pilot details in GNA/DDOR

August 15, 2021

Publication of approved aggregators and contact info on website

September 15, 2021

Advice Letter with final projects selected and Pilot details 

November 15, 2021 

2nd Prescreening Opportunity for Aggregators 

December 15, 2021 – January 15, 2022 

Pilot Launch, subscription period for Tranche 1 for each project opens 

January 15, 2022

Prescreening Documents

Offer Documents

Submittal Instructions

Submit an Application Form and Developer Experience form for each technology for which the developer is looking to be prescreened. Only one Application Form is to be submitted by each developer, but a separate Developer Experience Form should be submitted for each Technology Type that is being prescreened. For example, if a developer is looking to be prescreened for both renewable distributed generation and energy efficiency, then the developer should submit one Application Form indicating both technology types and two Developer Experience Forms.

If more than one technology type was used for a developer's prior project, and the developer is looking to have each technology type prescreened, please include the project in the Developer Experience Form for each of the technology types being submitted.

If the developer is submitting information on more than one project for a given technology type, please include the relevant information for those additional projects using either additional Developer Experience Forms or through the submission of supplemental information. If supplemental information is being provided for demonstrating developer experience, indicate its inclusion in any relevant Developer Experience Forms.

Power Advocate Instructions, Registration Information and Submittal

All Participants interested in submitting a Prescreening Application into PG&E's DIDF Partnership Pilot 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 a Prescreening Application. 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.