Fourth Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM4)
The Renewable Auction Mechanism (“RAM”) Program was established by the CPUC in Decision 10-12-048 on December 17, 2010. This program was established to provide a streamlined process for PG&E to procure energy from new and existing RPS eligible generators. The energy procured from this solicitation will be applied towards PG&E’s overall long-term RPS procurement goals.
On May 13, 2013, the Commission issued Resolution E-4582 (PDF, 823 KB) authorizing the modification to the capacity allocation targets for RAM 4. PG&E made modifications to the RAM Program Protocol and Appendices as directed by the Resolution and has filed the Compliance Filing Advice Letter 4225-E (PDF, 2.9 MB) on May 16, 2013.
PG&E hosted the Bidders' Webinar for RAM 4 on June 12, 2013 from 10:00 am (PPT) to noon. The presentation of this event, along with the attendee list, the audio file and the Q&A are available below.
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- RAM 4 Presentation (PDF, 303 KB)
- Attendee List from the Webinar (XLS, 33 KB)
- Audio File from the Webinar (MP3, 17.4 MB)
- Introduction: Start – 9:17
- Eligbility Requirements: 9:18 – 12:33
- PPA Overview: 12:34 - 24:21
- Evaluation Methodology: 24:22 – 31:12
- Offer Submittal Process: 31:13 – 45:49
- Interconnection Process: 45:50 – 50:43
- Q&A (DOC, 46 KB)
PG&E's Schedule for RAM 4
|PG&E issues RAM 4||May 28, 2013|
|Deadline to submit registration (XLS, 54 KB) for Participants’ Webinar||June 10, 2013 by 5:00 P.M. (PPT)|
|Participants’ Webinar||June 12, 2013 at 10:00 A.M. - noon (PPT)|
|Deadline for Participants' to submit Offers||June 28, 2013 no later than 12:00 P.M. (PPT)|
|Selected and Waitlisted Participants notified||September 6, 2013|
|Target timeframe of Execution of final Agreements||October 14, 2013|
|Advice Letter Filing for executed RAM PPAs||November 15, 2013|
PG&E has developed an interactive, Google-based map of its service territory. The map is a tool to help renewable energy developers identify potential project sites. It not a guarantee that generators can interconnect at any particular time and place.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
When submitting your offers, please limit the size of your emails to (inclusive of attachments) 10 MB. If you need to submit multiple emails for an offer, please clearly identify your submission by using the convention in the email subject header "Project Name Email 1 of X".
RAM RFO Protocol and Appendices
- PG&E Protocol for the RAM 4 RFO (DOC, 177 KB) updated 05.31.2013
- Appendix A - RAM Offer Form (XLS, 927 KB) updated 05.31.2013
- Appendix B - PGE RAM PPA (DOC, 610 KB) updated 05.31.2013
- Appendix C - Site Control Questionnaire and Attestation (DOC, 44 KB)
- Appendix D - Acknowledgement Commitment Site Owner (DOC, 41 KB)
- Appendix E - Supplier Diversity Questionnaire (DOC, 50 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions
- How to create a GIS file using Google Earth (DOC, 375 KB)
For information or questions about PG&E's RAM RFO email to RAMRFO@pge.com.