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) every other year. 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 capacity resource need within the next three years.

 

Schedule for 2018 Demand Response and All Resources RFPs

Due to higher than expected participation in this RFP, PSE has adjusted its schedule to allow time for a thorough evaluation of all proposals. A summary of the proposals received is provided below.

Dates

Milestones

March 29, 2018

Draft RFP filed with WUTC

May 29, 2018

Public comment period closes

June 14, 2018

WUTC open meeting/to discuss RFPs

June 28, 2018

WUTC approved All Resources and Demand Response RFPs

June 29, 2018 (5:00pm PT) 

Last day to register for RFP bidder conference (in-person attendance)

July 3, 2018

PSE releases final RFP solicitation

July 5, 2018 (5:00 pm PT) 

Last day to register for RFP bidder conference (telephone/web attendance)

July 9, 2018

PSE hosted RFP bidder conference (conference materials below)

August 3, 2018

Mutual Confidentiality Agreements due to PSE 

For demand Response RFP proposals, intent to bid forms also due

August 17, 2018

 Offers due to PSE

Q1 2019

PSE completes Phase 1 screening; respondents notified of status

Late Q2 2019

PSE completes Phase 2 evaluation and selects final short list, respondents notified of status

 To follow

Post-proposal negotiations



Summary of Proposals Received

PSE received nearly 100 proposals in response to its 2018 All Resources and Demand Response RFPs from a variety of resource alternatives. This is the largest response to a PSE All Resources 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.

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

 

 

2018 RFP Bidder Conference

PSE hosted an RFP bidder conference on July 9, 2018 to help respondents prepare successful proposals and to address matters of common interest to respondents.

Click presentationto download the meeting materials. PSE has also added Q&A from the conference to its FAQs in the 2018 RFP for Demand Response and 2018 All Resources RFP sections below.

 

2018 RFP for Demand Response

PSE filed a revised Demand Response RFP on June 11, 2018. The WUTC approved the RFP at an open meeting on June 28, 2018. PSE has updated the Demand Response RFP cover page to remove the word “draft”. There have been no other changes to the RFP since the revision was filed on June 11, 2018.

Revised Proposal delivery Address for Demand Response RFP

There is an error in the proposal delivery address in the final Demand Response RFP.
Please submit proposals to the address provided below.  

   

Address for U.S. Mail:

Mr. Wei Dang
Puget Sound Energy
EST-09E
P.O. Box 97034
Bellevue, WA 98009-9734

   

Address for courier or hand delivery:

Mr. Wei Dang
Puget Sound Energy
EST-09E
355 110th Ave. NE
Bellevue, WA 98004-5862

Demand Response RFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PSE has compiled a list of FAQs received since publishing the draft Demand Response RFP that may be of common interest to respondents. The FAQs will be updated as it makes sense.

2018 All Resources RFP

PSE filed a revised All Resources RFP on June 8, 2018. The WUTC approved the RFP at an open meeting on June 28, 2018. There have been no changes to the RFP since the revision was filed on June 8, 2018.

All Resources RFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PSE has compiled a list of FAQs received since publishing the draft All Resources RFP that may be of common interest to respondents. Some topics covered in the FAQs include transmission and interconnection matters, clarification regarding resource need and timing, sample load profile data, schedule and process information, and a variety of other topics. The FAQs will be updated as it makes sense.


Contact information

Questions or comments about the 2018 Demand Response RFP may be sent to DemandResponse@pse.com. Questions about the 2018 All Resources RFP may be sent to sheri.maynard@pse.com.

Reporting information

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