Fifth Renewable Auction Mechanism
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 15, 2014, the Commission issued Resolution E-4655 (PDF, 1.4 MB) authorizing the modification to the RAM program. PG&E made modifications to the RAM Program Protocol and Appendices as directed by the Resolution and has filed the Compliance Filing Advice Letter 4428-E (PDF, 3.4 MB) on May 29, 2014.
PG&E hosted the Bidders' Webinar for RAM 5 on June 11, 2014 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.
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.
- RAM 5 Presentation (PDF, 468 KB)
- Audio File from the Webinar (MP3, 14.4 MB)
- Attendee List (XLS, 31 KB)
- Q&A (PDF, 71 KB)
PG&E's Schedule for RAM 5
|PG&E issues RAM 5||May 30, 2014|
|Deadline to submit registration (XLS, 54 KB) for Participants’ Webinar||June 9, 2014 by 5:00 P.M. (PPT)|
|Participants’ Webinar||June 11, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. - noon (PPT)|
|Deadline for Participants' to submit Offers via Power Advocate||June 27, 2014 no later than 12:00 P.M. (PPT)|
|Selected and Waitlisted Participants notified||September 5, 2014|
|Target timeframe of Execution of final Agreements||October 14, 2014|
|Advice Letter Filing for executed RAM PPAs||November 15, 2014|
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.
Power Advocate Instructions and Registration Information
All Participants who are interested in submitting a bid package into PG&E’s RAM5 will need to register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer into the RFO. To register at Power Advocate, click on the link below:https://www.poweradvocate.com/pR.do?okey=41845&pubEvent=true
Only those participants that have been accepted through the Power Advocate platform will be permitted to bid into this RFO.
We strongly 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.
Power Advocate Instructions (PDF, 216 KB)
RAM RFO Protocol and Appendices
- PG&E Protocol for the RAM 5 RFO (DOC, 185 KB) Issued 05/30/2014
- Appendix A - RAM Offer Form (ZIP, 268 KB) Updated 06/13/2014
- Appendix B - PGE RAM PPA (DOC, 683 KB) Revised 06/04/2014
- Appendix C - Site Control Questionnaire and Attestation (DOC, 44 KB)
- Appendix D - Acknowledgement Commitment Site Owner (DOC, 41 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions
For information or questions about PG&E's RAM RFO email to RAMRFO@pge.com.