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 approximately 20 percent of PSE’s current total average annual demand.

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, while striving to ensure that all customers are benefiting from the transition to clean energy.

 

Our RFP process

Pursuant to Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission Purchases of Resources rules (WAC 480-107), PSE must file an All-Source Request for Proposals when the Integrated Resource Plan identifies a resource need within the next four years. PSE may also issue targeted and voluntary RFPs on an as-needed basis.

PSE is committed to a procurement process that is accessible and fair for all bidders. PSE encourages all bidders that are able to meet an RFP’s requirements to participate, including bidders representing minority-, women-, disabled- and veteran-owned businesses. PSE encourages bidders interested in partnering with PSE to support supplier diversity through inclusive, competitive procurement processes.

PSE is committed to a culture of ownership, accountability, honesty, integrity and trust. In conducting an RFP, PSE follows its Code of Conduct. This Code of Conduct outlines the honest and ethical manner in which all employees and board of directors at Puget Energy, Inc., Puget Sound Energy, and related subsidiaries are expected to behave, with each employee having a duty to uphold the Code of Conduct.

 

2021 All-Source RFP

On April 1, 2021, Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC” or “Commission”) a Request for Proposals for All Resources (the “All-Source RFP”) in docket UE-210220. Information about the Commission’s approval process and how interested parties can participate can be found in the All-Source RFP Schedule and Public Participation sections below.

The All-Source RFP seeks bids from qualified respondents to supply up to 1,942 GWh of Clean Energy Transformation Act (“CETA”) eligible resources and up to 1,506 MW of capacity resources to PSE. It is an All-Source RFP, meaning that PSE will consider any electric resource or energy storage resource that can meet all or part of the company’s resource need, consistent with the requirements described in the RFP.

PSE has engaged the services of an independent evaluator (“IE”) for the All-Source RFP. Information about the role and scope of the IE, and PSE’s IE selection process is can be found in the RFP document below and in Recent RFPs.

  • 2021 All Source RFP Schedule

    All-Source RFP Schedule

    The following estimated All-Source RFP schedule is subject to adjustment based on Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) review and the actual pace of the evaluation process. See 2021 Targeted DER RFP for the expected timing of the Targeted Distributed Energy Resources RFP, including Demand Response.

    Date

    Milestone

    April 1, 2021

    Draft All-Source RFP filed with WUTC

    May 17, 2021

    Public comment period ends

    Date TBD

    WUTC Open Meeting1

    June 15, 2021

    WUTC review period ends; decision anticipated

    June 30, 2021

    PSE issues final All-Source RFP to bidders

    July 2021

    PSE hosts bidders’ conference2

    September 1, 2021

    Offers due to PSE

    October 1, 2021

    PSE posts compliance report consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-107-035(5)

    Q1 2022

    PSE completes Phase 1 screening process and selects Phase 2 candidates, notifies bidders

    Q2 2022

    PSE selects All-Source RFP short list, notifies bidders

    To follow

    Post-proposal negotiations

    To follow

    PSE files compliance report consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-107-145(2)3


    1 An update on the timing of the Open Meeting will be posted here as more information becomes available. Interested parties may also obtain information about the timing of future open meetings, access information and agendas on the Open Meetings page of the WUTC web site.
    2 All-Source RFP bidders’ conference details and registration instructions will be posted at www.pse.com/rfp as they become available.
    3 Required to be filed with the Commission within 90 days of the conclusion of any RFP process.

     

     

  • Public Participation

    Consistent with rules established in Chapter 480-107-017 WAC, interested parties will have 45 days to submit written comments after an RFP is filed (see schedule above). Written comments may be submitted electronically through the Commission’s web portal. If you are unable to submit documents via the portal, you may submit your comments by email, or by mailing or delivering an electronic copy to the Commission’s Records Center. Comment submissions should include the docket number (UE-210220), commenting party’s name and the title and date of the comments. The Commission will post in the All-Source RFP docket on its web site all comments that are provided in electronic format.

    Interested parties may also participate in a future WUTC open meeting to discuss the draft All-Source RFP. Information about the timing of the meeting and how to participate will be posted to the Commission’s web site in the All-Source RFP docket UE-210220. Information about open meetings can also be found on the Commission’s website on the Open Meetings page.

    The commission will approve, approve with conditions, or suspend the filed RFP within 75 days after the utility files its RFP. If approved, PSE will then have up to 30 days to issue the All-Source RFP.

    PSE will update this website with the relevant WUTC open meeting date when it becomes available. Questions about the comment submittal process and/or requests to be placed on the Commission’s distribution list for utility RFPs can be directed to the Commission’s Records Center. Questions about the 2021 All-Source RFP and/or requests to be placed on PSE’s stakeholder distribution list for this All-Source RFP may be directed to PSE’s All-Source RFP mailbox.

    See also Updates and Notifications below for information about required compliance reporting, comments and questions from interested parties, and other ad hoc RFP updates and notifications.

  • Updates and Notifications

    As the All-Source RFP process progresses and new information becomes available, PSE will update this portion of the website to provide updates and notifications related to a variety of RFP topics, such as:

    • the RFP bidders’ conference,
    • comments and questions from bidders and other interested parties,
    • compliance report consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-107-035(5),
    • press releases, and
    • other ad hoc RFP updates and notifications.

    Updates to the schedule will be provided in the All-Source RFP Schedule section above.

  • 2021 All-Source RFP documents and submission

    PSE filed an All-Source RFP with the WUTC on April 1, 2021. Interested parties can view and download the RFP by clicking the links below, as well as through the WUTC All Source RFP docket UE-210220. Once the All-Source RFP has been approved, PSE will issue the RFP and provide instructions on this web site for proposal and bid fee submittal.


    IE RFP Materials:
    IE RFP Main Document
    Exhibit A. Evaluation Criteria and Scoring
    Exhibit B: Proposal Requirements Forms
    Exhibit C. Mutual Confidentiality Agreement
    Exhibit D. Schedule of Estimated Avoided Cost
    Exhibit E. Prototype Ownership Term Sheet
    Exhibit F. Prototype Capacity and/or Energy Agreement Term Sheet
    Exhibit G. Prototype Clean Energy PPA Term Sheet 
    Exhibit H. PSE Transmission Available for Bidder Proposals in this RFP 
    Exhibit I. Energy Storage System Location Study 
    Exhibit J. PSE Customer Consent Letter 
    Exhibit K. Demand Response Addendum

2021 Targeted DER RFP

Distributed energy resources (“DERs”), including demand response (“DR”), are a significant component of PSE’s preferred portfolio from the 2021 Integrated Resource Plan (“IRP”) and represent a key piece of PSE’s strategy for achieving the targets laid out under the Clean Energy Transformation Act (“CETA”). Over the next several months, PSE will move through a series of steps designed to culminate in the issuance of a targeted RFP for DERs. PSE considers resources connecting to its distribution system, including demand response, to fall under the umbrella of DERs.

On April 1, 2021, PSE filed a Request for Information (“RFI”) for DERs. PSE will accept comments on the RFI through April 30, and plans to release a final version of the RFI in mid-May 2021. The purpose of the RFI is to enhance PSE’s understanding of DER options available in its service territory, and inform the development of a well-designed targeted DER RFP. In 2021, PSE also intends to develop requirements for a virtual power plant (“VPP”) platform that will be used to dispatch DERs, including demand response. Using the knowledge gained through the RFI process, PSE is planning to file the targeted DER RFP by November 15, 2021 which will incorporate the technical and operational requirements for the VPP platform.

The targeted RFP will communicate the VPP requirements to bidders, which PSE expects to result in reducing the costs to PSE customers associated with individual DER bids (as bidders will not need to include a dispatch platform with their proposals). Bidders submitting proposals through the targeted RFP will have the benefit of information to be provided by the VPP development work and integration with the resulting platform, as well as a set of requirements designed specifically with DERs in mind.

The Targeted DER RFP evaluation process is expected to be shorter than the All-Source RFP evaluation process, and PSE anticipates that the Company will complete its evaluation of these resources roughly around the time the All-Source RFP short list is expected to be selected.

  • Targeted DER RFP Schedule

    The following estimated schedule is subject to adjustment based on Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) review and the actual pace of the evaluation process. More information on the Targeted DR and DER RFP process and timeline will be provided when the draft RFP is filed.

    Date

    Milestone

    April 1, 2021

    File DER RFI with the WUTC

    May 15, 2021

    Issue DER RFI

    Apr. – Sep., 2021

    Develop technical and operational requirements for a VPP platform

    November 15, 2021

    File draft Targeted DER RFP

    February, 2022

    Issue final Targeted DER RFP

    Mid-2022

    PSE selects short list, notifies bidders

    To follow

    Post-proposal negotiations

  • Updates and Notifications

    As the RFP process progresses and new information becomes available, PSE will update this portion of the website to provide updates and notifications related to a variety of RFP topics, such as:

    • questions from bidders and other interested parties,
    • press releases, and other ad hoc RFP updates and notifications.

    Updates to the schedule will be provided in the Targeted DER RFP Schedule section above.

  • 2021 RFI for DER

    PSE filed an RFI for DER with the WUTC on April 1, 2021. Interested parties can view and download the RFI by clicking the links below. Written comments on the RFI may be submitted electronically through the Commission’s web portal. If you are unable to submit documents via the portal, you may submit your comments by email, or by mailing or delivering an electronic copy to the Commission’s Records Center. Comment submissions should include the docket number (UE-200413), commenting party’s name and the title and date of the comments.


    DER Materials:
    REQUEST FOR INFORMATION for Distributed Energy Resources
    Exhibit A. Prototype Clean Energy PPA Term Sheet

Recent RFPs

  • Update on the Selection of Independent Evaluator

    On January 28, 2021 the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) approved PSE’s recommendation of Bates White as Independent Evaluator for company’s planned 2021 All-Source and Demand Response RFPs. More information may be found in docket UE-210037 at the WUTC website (utc.wa.gov).

  • Solicitation for Independent Evaluator

    Solicitation for Independent Evaluator

    On November 24, 2020, PSE announced the commencement of a solicitation for an independent evaluator (“IE”) relating to PSE’s forthcoming 2021 All-Source and Demand Response RFPs (the “2021 RFPs). The IE Request for Proposal materials (“IE RFP”) were posted on this website, following a notification sent to stakeholders and interested parties on November 17, 2020 inviting comment and expressions of interest. PSE received strong proposals from several qualified candidates, and has now completed its evaluation process. In accordance with WAC 480-107-023(2), PSE has submitted a petition to the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (the “Commission”) for approval of its recommended IE. Interested stakeholders have the opportunity to participate in the Commission's approval process, consistent with WAC 480-100-021(2), through docket UE-210037 at the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission website (utc.wa.gov). The IE RFP materials remain available at the links below for reference.


    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

    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

    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. PSE will update this site if and when new information becomes available.

     

  • 2018 All-Source and Demand Response Proposals

    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 about the All-Source RFP may be sent to AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com.
Questions or comments about the Distributed Energy Resources RFP may be sent to DERRFPmailbox@PSE.com.

Reporting information

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