Third Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM3)
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.
PG&E filed the Compliance Filing Advice Letter 4146-E (PDF, 1.5 MB) on November 15, 2012 in response to Resolution E-4546 (PDF, 1.2 MB) that was issued on November 8, 2012. This Resolution approves with modification PG&E's Advice Letter Advice Letter 4100-E (PDF, 3.7 MB) filed August 16, 2012.
PG&E hosted the Participants' Webinar on December 6th from 10:00 am - noon. The presentation of this event, along with the attendee list, the audio file, and the questions are available below.
If the audio portion of the Bidders' Conference does not open in your browser you will need to open the Windows Media Player and copy the URL link into your media file application.
If you have questions about the RAM program, please continue to email the RAM RFO mailbox by clicking on the link or sending an email to RAMRFO@pge.com.
- Attendee List from the Webinar (XLS, 31 KB)
- Audio file from the Webinar (MP3, 23.7 MB)
- Bidders Webinar Presentation (PDF, 450 KB)
- Q&A from the Webinar (DOC, 49 KB) Updated 12/14/2012
PG&E's Schedule for RAM3
|PG&E issues RAM 3||November 16, 2012|
|Deadline to submit registration (XLS, 54 KB) for Participants’ Webinar||December 3, 2012 by 5:00 P.M. (PPT)|
|Participants’ Webinar||December 6, 2012 at 10:00 A.M. - noon (PPT)|
|Deadline for Participants' to submit Offers||December 21, 2012 no later than 12:00 P.M. (PPT)|
|Selected and Waitlisted Participants notified||February 28, 2013|
|Target timeframe of Execution of final Agreements||April 1, 2013|
|Advice Letter Filing for executed RAM PPAs||April 30, 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 RAM3 RFO (DOC, 178 KB)
- Appendix A - RAM Offer Form (XLS, 1 MB) Revised 12/14/2012
- Appendix B - PGE RAM PPA (DOC, 602 KB)
- Appendix C - Site Control Questionnaire and Attestation (DOC, 43 KB)
- Appendix D - Acknowledgement Commitment Site Owner (DOC, 41 KB)
- Appendix E - Supplier Diversity Questionnaire (DOC, 50 KB)
Frequently Asked Questions
- General Program Questions (DOC, 57 KB) updated 09-22-2011
- 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.