Acquiring Energy

Procuring new energy supply

To meet the anticipated energy needs of our region in the coming years, PSE must acquire new sources of energy. We have several strategies for acquiring additional energy, approaches that meet your long-term demands for electricity and natural gas while keeping your rates as low as possible.

As a leader in renewable energy, we are actively developing additional renewable resources that protect both your pocketbook and the environment.

Another important strategy is to continue helping homes and businesses save energy. Over the next 20 years, our energy-efficiency programs are expected to help customers save more than 500 megawatts of electricity. Those savings are equivalent to the output of four average-sized natural gas-fired power plants.

We also identify new energy resources by issuing formal requests for proposals (RFP). This open-bidding process helps us purchase power, acquire existing power plants and develop new facilities at the most competitive prices.

 

Our RFP process

Pursuant to Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission rules (WAC 480-107), following the biannual updating of PSE's Integrated Resource Plan, PSE files a Request for Proposals when the plan identifies a resource need within the next three years.

 

Commencement of Solicitation for Independent Evaluator

Puget Sound Energy ("PSE") is in the process of planning and preparing for its forthcoming 2021 All-Source and Demand Response RFPs (the "2021 RFPs"). The draft 2021 RFPs will be submitted for public comment by April 1, 2021, per Order #04 of the Washington State Transportation and Utilities Commission ("WUTC") dated October 15, 2020 in docket UE-200414.

As part of the 2021 RFP process, PSE intends to engage the services of an Independent Evaluator ("IE"), consistent with the draft rules in the Purchases of Electricity ("PoE") Rulemaking in WUTC docket UE-190837. On November 17, 2020 PSE notified stakeholders of its intention to issue a solicitation to engage an IE for the planned 2021 RFPs, and invited comments and expressions of interest by November 23, 2020.

Based on the feedback received, PSE is issuing a Request for Proposals to select an IE (the “IE RFP”) for its 2021 RFP process. Interested bidders may download the IE RFP materials via the links below, or send a request to PSE for the materials to be sent directly. Kindly direct all requests, questions and communications regarding this IE RFP to:


Deanna Roshau, Sourcing Manager
deanna.roshau@pse.com
425-424-7997


IE RFP Materials:
IE RFP Main Document
Appendix A: IE RFP Bid Form
Appendix B: IE RFP Questionnaire
Appendix C: IE RFP Declaration of Conflict of Interest
Appendix D: IE RFP Mutual Confidentiality Agreement
Appendix E: IE RFP Master Services Agreement
Appendix F: IE RFP Draft Statement of Work
Sample Certificate of Insurance

 

2020 Demand Response and All-Source RFPs Update

On October 15, 2020, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) held an open meeting in which it granted a motion from Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) to withdraw its draft 2020 Demand Response and All-Source RFPs in dockets UE-200413 and UE-200414, respectively. Consistent with the requirements of the Commission’s Final Order in these dockets, PSE must file its next draft All-Source and system wide electric Demand Response RFPs no later than April 1, 2021. The full text of the Commission’s Final Order may be found in the WUTC dockets referred to above.

PSE submitted the motion on September 8, 2020, and has been providing stakeholders with periodic updates, which can be found in the links below and on the WUTC web site in the dockets referenced above.

PSE will provide interested parties with information about its planned 2021 RFPs as it becomes available. Notifications will be sent by email to PSE’s stakeholder notification list and will be posted to this webpage. Interested parties may opt in to receive stakeholder notifications by contacting AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com. Parties interested in learning about PSE’s integrated resource planning process, which informs and guides the RFP process, can click 2021 Integrated Resource Plan for more information.



2018 Demand Response and All-Source RFPs Update

PSE received nearly 100 proposals in response to its 2018 All-Source and Demand Response RFPs from a variety of resource alternatives. This is the largest response to a PSE All-Source RFP to date. Many proposals included multiple offer options with variations in pricing, offer structure, term start and duration, and transmission delivery points. Some proposals offered hybrid options, pairing storage with wind or solar resources.

So far, PSE has issued three press releases announcing the execution of contracts from the 2018 RFP. The RFP process remains ongoing. PSE will update this site if and when new resources are contracted.

 

2018 All-Source and Demand Response Proposals

The following table summarizes the resources PSE received in response to its 2018 Demand Response and All-Source RFPs by resource type and size.


Resource type

# Proposals

Size range
(MW / RECs, roughly)

Solar

36

35 – 290 MW

Wind

20

45 – 500 MW

Storage – battery

17

10 – 200 MW / 30 – 800 MWh

Storage – pumped hydro

2

330 – 500 MW

Biomass

3

10 – 55 MW

Natural Gas-fired Gen.

4

50 – 620 MW

Geothermal

2

15-25 MW

Hydro - run of river

1

40 MW

System PPA / Call Option

1

100 MW

Unbundled RECs

5

35,000 - 130,000 RECs

Demand Response

6

20-40 MW

Total

97

 

 


Contact information

Questions or comments about the Demand Response RFP may be sent to DemandResponse@pse.com. Questions about the All-Source RFP may be sent to AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com.

Reporting information

PSE's Code of Conduct for voluntarily submitting energy data to index developers.