2019 Reliability RFO (Request for Offers)

Clean Power Alliance (CPA) is now soliciting offers for energy storage power purchase agreements (PPAs). Ascend Analytics (Ascend) is administering this Request for Offers (RFO) process on behalf of CPA. Bid submissions are due on November 11, 2019 by 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

Please visit the RFO website for all RFO documents and Bidder registration.

This solicitation is seeking stand-alone energy storage projects within the range of 10-100 MW of installed capacity with a 4-hour duration and with a commercial operation date (COD) no later than August 1, 2023. Priority fast-track status (expedited negotiation and contract award) will be given to projects with COD on or before August 1, 2021. These projects are sought to fulfill CPA’s incremental capacity procurement obligations under the CPUC’s Sept. 12, 2019 proposed decision requiring electric system reliability procurement for 2021-2023 in the Integrated Resource Planning proceeding, Rulemaking 16-02-007.

CPA is seeking full dispatch rights for the energy storage projects under a 15-year PPA, with pricing provided at the project Pnode. Projects will be evaluated on a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors that include economic value, development risk, workforce development, environmental stewardship, benefits to Disadvantaged Communities, and project location.

RFO Schedule


RFO opens

Bidder Webinar to discuss the RFO process

Deadline to submit questions

Q&A responses posted

Bids Due

Vendors notified of Shortlist status

Contract negotiations under exclusivity and award


October 14, 2019

October 23, 2019 at 3:00pm PST

October 25, 2019

November 1, 2019

November 11, 2019 at 5:00pm PST

December 2019

December 2019 – May 2020

RFO Materials

The full RFO is available for download on the RFO Website, which includes the following documents:

  • 2019 Reliability RFO Protocol

  • Submission Instructions for 2019 CPA Reliability RFO

  • Offer Form Template – Storage RFO

  • CPA Energy Storage Agreement

  • CPA Vendor Campaign Contribution Disclosure Form

  • CPA NDA Agreement

  • CPA Exclusivity Agreement

Bidders’ Webinar

A bidders’ webinar will be held on October 23, 2019 from 3-4pm PST. Please use this link to register for the webinar. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. At the time of the webinar, please use this same link to join the webinar.

Bidder Registration

Full submission instructions are included in the RFO documents. To bid on this RFO, you must register on the RFO Website.