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 June 30, 2021, Puget Sound Energy (“PSE”) filed with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC” or “Commission”) the final Request for Proposals for All Resources (the “All-Source RFP”) in docket UE-210220.

A draft All Source RFP was filed on April 1, 2020. After a 45-day public comment period, on June 1, 2021, PSE filed responses to all public comments and a revised RFP for Commission approval. Following an open meeting on June 11, 2021, the Commission issued Order #1 on June 14, 2021 approving with conditions PSE’s draft All Source RFP. The Commission order approving PSE’s All Source RFP may found in Commission’s web site in the All-Source RFP 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 1,669 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.

Submit 2021 All- Source RFP Bid

To submit a bid for the 2021 All-Source RFP, qualified respondents must create and register an account at PSE’s RFP submission portal.

  • 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

    June 11, 2021

    WUTC Open Meeting1

    June 15, 2021

    WUTC review period ends; decision anticipated

    June 30, 2021

    PSE issued final All-Source RFP to bidders

    July 29 2021

    PSE hosted bidders’ conference2

    August 31, 2021

    PSE hosts workshop to discuss ELCC assumptions (9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. PST)3

    September 2021

    PSE hosts workshop to review further analysis of market reliance reduction3

    September 1, 2021

    Proposals and bid fees (RFP Section 6, Table 8) due to PSE

    October 1, 2021

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

    October 8, 2021

    PSE posts E3 ELCC report (see ELCC Workshop materials below in the 2021 RFP Bidders’ Conference and Stakeholder Workshops section)

    January 2022

    PSE provides opportunity for bidders to revise/augment their Customer Benefit Plans by January 31, 2022 once PSE’s CEIP is finalized

    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)4


    1 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 are provided in the 2021 RFP Bidders' Conference and Stakeholder Workshops section below.
    3 Details about the ELCC workshop and market reliance reduction workshop will be provided in the 2021 RFP Bidders' Conference and Stakeholder Workshops section below as they become available. Consistent with WUTC guidance in Order #1 of docket UE-210220, PSE will post discussion materials at least seven days (7) prior to each workshop.
    4 Required to be filed with the Commission within 90 days of the conclusion of any RFP process.

     

     

  • Updates and Notifications

    As the All-Source RFP process progresses and new information becomes available, PSE will update this portion of the website to include information related to a variety of RFP topics.

    Q & A from bidders and interested parties

    Questions about the 2021 All Source RFP may be directed to PSE’s AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com. PSE will periodically tabulate and post questions received and PSE’s responses for the benefit of all interested parties. PSE will not include company names, project names, contact information or other identifying descriptors in the Q&A posted to the website.

    RFP Process Updates and Press Releases

    Updates to the RFP schedule will be provided in the All-Source Schedule above. See 2021 Summer RFP Bidders' Conference Workshops below for details about the bidders' conference, ELCC workshop and market reliance workshop. All RFP process updates and press releases will be posted here.

    • PSE provides more information about available LSR interconnection options in the LSR Summary Document in the data room (see “2021 All-Source RFP Documents and Submission” below for access instructions). The Q&A file has also been updated to clarify certain points related to this topic. (updated 8/11/21, see “Q&A from Bidders and Interested Parties” in “Updates and Notifications” above).
    • PSE establishes LSR data room for bidders interested in using PSE’s LSR development assets in their 2021 All-Source RFP bids (see “2021 All Source RFP Documents and Submission” below for instructions on requesting access to the data room).
    • PSE issues press release announcing the issuance of the 2021All-Source RFP to bidders (7/13/21)
    • PSE posts Final 2021 All-Source RFP documents (updated 6/30/2021, see "2021 All-Source RFP Documents and Submission" below).

    RFP Docket Updates (UE-210220)

    Interested parties can find information about the 2021 All-Source RFP approval process and any subsequent updates on the WUTC's web site in the All-Source RFP docket UE-210220. PSE will post here a compliance report within 30 days after the close of the bidding period, consistent with the requirements of WAC 480-107-035(5).

    • PSE posts a proposal summary report pursuant to WAC 480-107-035(5), which includes an attachment containing a summary of each proposal and offer received. PSE also files an informational filing in docket UE-210220, in an effort to make this information more broadly available to stakeholders. (posted 10/1/21) UE-210220
    • WUTC issued in docket UE-210220 a notice extending the deadline for opportunity to comment  on PSE’s effective load carrying capability (“ELCC”) estimates and use in its All-Source RFP (issued 9/23/21)
    • WUTC issued in docket UE-210220 a notice of opportunity for public comment on PSE’s effective load carrying capability (“ELCC”) estimates and use in its All-Source RFP (issued 8/31/21)
    • 2021 All- Source RFP compliance letter and final redlines filed to WUTC docket UE-210220 (updated 6/30/21)
    • 2021 All Source RFP cover letter and redlines filed to WUTC docket UE-210220 (updated 6/8/21)
    • 2021 All Source RFP cover letter and response to public comments, and revised final RFP filed to WUTC docket UE-210220 (updated 6/1/21)
    • 2021 All-Source RFP cover letter and redlines filed to WUTC docket UE-210220 (updated 5/10/21)
  • 2021 RFP Bidders' Conference and Stakeholder Workshops

    RFP Bidders’ Conference

    PSE hosted an online bidders’ conference on July 29, 2021 to provide information designed to help bidders prepare and submit their proposals. Click the links below to view the conference materials.

    Bidders are encouraged to submit questions to PSE’s AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com. Questions received through the RFP mailbox and during the conference will be posted to this web site for the benefit of all bidders.

    ELCC Workshop

    PSE hosted an effective load carrying capability (“ELCC”) workshop on August 31, 2021 to give interested parties an opportunity to learn more about the modeling approach and assumptions used to derive the generic and resource-specific capacity contribution assumptions PSE uses in its planning and acquisition analyses. Click the links below to view the conference materials.

    On August 31, 2021, the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission issued in WUTC docket UE-210220 a public notice of opportunity to file written comments related to Puget Sound Energy’s effective load carrying capability (“ELCC”) estimates and use in the company’s all-source request for proposals. Comments were initially due by the end of September; however, in light of the October 8 timing of E3’s final report, the Commission has issued a notice extending the comment deadline to 5:00 p.m., Friday, October 22, 2021. Click the link below to view a downloadable copy of the notice to extend the comment deadline, which includes instructions for submitting comments to the WUTC.

    PSE will file a response to comments filed pursuant to this notice within six weeks of this notice’s deadline, by Friday, December 3, 2021.

    Market Reliance Workshop

    PSE will host a workshop on September 30, 2021 from 1:00 p.m. to approximately 3:00 p.m. PST to discuss the analysis of its proposed market reliance reduction with stakeholders. Stakeholders will have an opportunity to ask questions during the meeting. Click register to sign up for the online event. Click the link below to view the presentation slides.

    Questions about the conference may be sent to AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com. Questions received through the RFP mailbox and during the workshop will be posted to this web site for the benefit of all interested parties.

  • 2021 All-Source RFP Documents and Submission

    PSE filed an All-Source RFP with the WUTC on April 1, 2021. PSE subsequently filed redlines to the RFP main document and certain exhibits in docket UE-210220. On June 11, 2021, the Commission approved the RFP and PSE filed the final 2021 All- Source RFP on June 30, 2021. Interested parties can view and download the final RFP by clicking the links below, or by visiting the WUTC's All- Source RFP docket UE-210220

    To submit a bid for the 2021 All -Source RFP, qualified respondents must create and register an account at PSE’s RFP submission portal.

    Questions about the All-Source RFP may be submitted to the AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com. PSE will periodically tabulate and post questions received and PSE’s responses for the benefit of all interested parties. PSE will not include company names, project names, contact information or other identifying descriptors in the Q&A posted to the website. See Updates and Notifications section above to view a current copy of the Q&A.


    Final 2021 All-Source RFP Materials:
    RFP Main Document (updated 6/30/2021)

    • For bidders interested in using PSE’s Lower Snake River development assets in their 2021 All-Source RFP bids, please send an email to AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com requesting access. The email subject line should read “2021 All Source RFP: LSR Data Room Access Request” and the body of the email must include a) the first and last name of the individual requesting access, b) the company affiliation, and c) the email address for a return invitation email to be sent. Access will be set up within 24 hours.
    • PSE provides more information about available LSR interconnection options in the LSR Summary Document in the data room (see “2021 All-Source RFP Documents and Submission” below for access instructions). The Q&A file has also been updated to clarify certain points related to this topic. (updated 8/11/21, see “Q&A from Bidders and Interested Parties” in “Updates and Notifications” above).

    Exhibit A. Evaluation Criteria and Scoring (updated 6/30/2021)
    Exhibit B: Proposal Requirements Forms(updated 6/30/2021)

    Exhibit C. Mutual Confidentiality Agreement PDF | Word
    Exhibit D. Schedule of Estimated Avoided Cost
    Exhibit E. Prototype Ownership Term Sheet PDF | Word
    Exhibit F. Prototype Capacity and/or Energy Agreement Term Sheet PDF | Word (updated 6/1/2021)
    Exhibit G. Prototype Clean Energy PPA Term Sheet PDF | Word (updated 6/1/2021)
    Exhibit H. PSE Transmission Available for Bidder Proposals in this RFP (updated 6/8/2021)
    Exhibit I. Energy Storage System Location Study (updated 6/30/2021)
    Exhibit J. PSE Customer Consent Letter PDF | Word
    Exhibit K. Demand Response Addendum (updated 6/8/2021)

     

    * PSE has undertaken a significant automation effort to help improve the efficiency and accuracy of the RFP process. Exhibit B is the primary input to this process. To help bidders successfully submit their proposals, PSE will provide the following:

    • a downloadable user instruction manual on how to navigate and use the RFP submission portal and its core features and functions,
    • a downloadable user reference on typical expected data validation error messages,
    • a live demonstration at the bidders’ conference to show bidders how to submit a proposal and what to expect with the automated screening,
    • unlimited access to submit and resubmit proposals during the RFP submission window, and
    • a three‐day cure period after the RFP due date to allow bidders to remedy any unacceptable term or condition, or other non‐conforming criteria or fatal flaw in a proposal.

    Questions about Exhibit B and the automated submission process may be sent to the AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com.


    Bid Fee Instructions

    For a proposal to be considered complete and accepted by PSE, the bidder must successfully submit the proposal through the RFP submission portal described above and submit the appropriate bid fee (see Section 6, Table 8 in the 2021 All-Source RFP) by the proposal due date (shown in the schedule above). Bidders submitting multiple proposals must submit a separate bid fee payments for each proposal submitted.

    Bidders may pay the bid fee via certified check or ACH transfer only. Bidders must annotate on the payment the PROPOSAL ID number generated upon successfully submitting the proposal on the RFP submission website. This is the only way to ensure that a payment will be correctly associated with the corresponding proposal. Failure to properly annotate a PROPOSAL ID on the method of payment may result in unnecessary delays and/or loss of the bid fee.


    Mail certified checks to:
         Puget Sound Energy
         Attn: 2021 PSE RFP
         PO BOX 91269
         Bellevue, WA 98009-9269
         Memo: [Bidder’s Name] RFP Proposal # XXXXXX

    * PSE encourages bidders to send certified checks by registered mail in order to maintain a record of receipt.

    ACH Transfers require the following information:
         Puget Sound Energy
         Attn: 2021 PSE RFP
         Routing number: 125000574
         Bank account number: 479681024614
         Memo: [Bidder’s Name] RFP Proposal # XXXXXX

  • Public Participation

    October 1, 2021 update: Consistent with the requirements of Washington Administrative Code 480-107-035(5), PSE is posting a proposal summary report, which includes an attachment containing a summary of each proposal and offer received. PSE is also providing this information in docket UE-210220 as an informational filing, in an effort to make this information more broadly available to interested stakeholders.

    June 30, 2021 update: The public comment period for the 2021 All-Source RFP closed on May 17, 2021 and the open meeting was held on June 11, 2021. The All-Source RFP was thereafter approved by the WUTC in Order #1 of docket UE-210220 on June 14, 2021 (see Updates and Notifications section above).

    April 1, 2021 notice: Consistent with rules established in Chapter 480-107-017 WAC, interested parties have 45 days to submit written comments after a draft RFP is filed. 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 WUTC open meetings to discuss the draft All-Source RFP. Information about the timing of meetings and how to participate are 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 has 75 days after the utility files its draft RFP to approve, approve with conditions, or suspend the filed RFP. PSE's All-Source RFP was approved on June 14th, 2021 and subsequently issued on June 30, 2021.

    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 above for information about required compliance reporting, comments and questions from interested parties, and other ad hoc RFP updates and notifications.

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 piece of PSE’s strategy for achieving the targets laid out under the Clean Energy Transformation Act (“CETA”). In addition to its All-Source RFP, PSE is issuing an RFI and a targeted RFP for DERs, including demand response.

On April 1, 2021, PSE filed a Request for Information (“RFI”) for DERs with the WUTC. PSE accepted comments on the RFI through April 30, and issued a final version of the RFI on May 14, 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. PSE expects that a common VPP platform will provide additional value to PSE customers and clarity to DER bidders by identifying specific integration and operational requirements.

Using the knowledge gained through the RFI process, PSE is planning to file the draft targeted DER RFP with the WUTC by November 15, 2021 which will incorporate the technical and operational requirements for the VPP platform. The final targeted DER RFP will be issued to bidders in early 2022.

The Targeted DER RFP evaluation process is expected to be shorter than the All-Source RFP evaluation process. PSE plans on concurrent evaluation of All-Source RFP and targeted DER RFP responses in 2022.

  • 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 DER RFP process and timeline will be provided when the draft DER RFP is filed.

    Date

    Milestone

    April 1, 2021

    DER RFI filed with the WUTC as Informational Filing Open for Comment

    May 14, 2021

    Issue DER RFI

    June 30, 2021

    Written responses to DER RFI due by 5pm PDT

    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.

    Reference Material: PSE Electric and Dual Fuel Service Area Zip Codes (updated 6/16/21)

  • 2021 RFI for DER

    Responses should be submitted by email to DERRFPmailbox@pse.com no later than 5 p.m. PDT on June 30, 2021, and are required to follow the response format outlined in the RFI, linked below.


    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.

    PSE has issued a total of four press releases announcing the execution of contracts from the 2018 RFP. PSE executed the final 2018 RFP contract in Q1 2021. The 2018 RFP is now completed.

     

  • 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.