Request for Offer (RFO)

Clean Power Alliance of Southern California (“Clean Power Alliance”) is soliciting competitive proposals for the purchase of 10-year or longer renewable energy and storage contracts through a Request for Offer (“RFO”). The goal of the RFO is for Clean Power Alliance to solicit and evaluate offers from renewable energy generation and storage facilities to meet Clean Power Alliance’s electricity needs, achieve its environmental objectives, and offer its customers competitive, clean energy options. Based on the solicitation and evaluation, Clean Power Alliance may enter into one or more long-term Power Purchase Agreements (“PPAs”) with renewable energy generation and storage facilities that can deliver into the California Independent System Operator Grid (“CAISO”) for an aggregate amount between 1,000,000 and 2,000,000 megawatt-hours (“MWh”) per year of Energy, Environmental Attributes, Resource Adequacy, and Ancillary Services, as applicable, from three types of products:

Product 1: Renewable energy products individually metered from new or existing facilities, with or without energy storage, meeting the delivery requirements established for Portfolio Content Category 1 (PCC1), as defined under California’s RPS.
Product 2: Fixed-volume renewable energy products from new or existing facilities meeting requirements for PCC1 or PCC2 and priced at Index-Plus.
Product 3: Stand-alone energy storage products capable of offering all three of the following: Resource Adequacy, Energy, and Ancillary Services.

RFO Platform
LevelTen Energy (LevelTen) is supporting Clean Power Alliance’s initiative by administering and organizing the RFO through LevelTen’s online RFO Platform. Materials related to the RFO have been posted on LevelTen’s Platform.

To access the Clean Power Alliance RFO Platform:

1. Log on to LevelTen’s Platform
2. Navigate to the RFPs area from the left-hand tool bar
3. Filter for “All” RFPs,
4. Click on “CPA RFO” (note: it will appear as a “Closed” RFO).

Receiving LevelTen log in credentials: If you do not yet have log in credentials for LevelTen’s Platform, please complete LevelTen’s contact form to request adding others at your organization to the distribution list and/or log in credentials for LevelTen’s online RFO Platform. Complete the short form, include “CPA RFO” in the message field, select Submitting Projects, and press Send.

RFO Schedule
The RFO will officially open for bids on October 15, 2018 at 10:00 AM Pacific Standard Time. Offers are due November 9, 2018 at 5:00 PM Pacific Standard Time.

September 14, 2018
October 4, 2018
October 15, 2018
October 22, 2018
October 24, 2018
October 31, 2018
November 9, 2018
November 12, 2018–January 10, 2019
January 16, 2019
January 22, 2019–January 30, 2019
February 4, 2019
February 15, 2019
February–March 2019
April 2019

Pre-Issuance Notification
RFO Issuance and Q&A Open
LevelTen Platform Open for Bidder Offers
Webinar (registration link to be provided)
Q&A Questions Due**
Q&A Responses Final Posting***
RFO Proposals Due
Project Evaluation
Initial Shortlist Notification
Reopen RFO for Initial Shortlisted Projects
Final Shortlist Notification
Deadline for Final Shortlisted Bidders to sign Exclusivity Agreements/Submit Shortlist Deposit
PPA Negotiations
Board Approval of PPA and PPA Execution

*All dates are subject to change.
**Submit questions to
***Responses to questions will be posted to the CPA RFO page on LevelTen’s RFO Platform

At this time, neither LevelTen nor Clean Power Alliance will be answering questions related to the RFO. All questions will be addressed through a formal Q&A process described in the RFO Protocol document. Q&A responses have been posted for bidders to review.

Q&A Responses

Informational webinar: Clean Power Alliance hosted an informational webinar on October 22, 2018. The presentation is available here, and the recording of the webinar can be accessed at this link.

Renewable energy with storage offers: A subsequent email notification will follow on October 17, 2018 providing bidders with additional guidance on submitting pricing for renewable energy with storage offers.

RFO Instructions & Corresponding Documents
RFO Instructions
Appendix A: Request for Offers Protocol
Appendix B: Non-Disclosure Agreement
Appendix C: Exclusivity Agreement
Appendix D: Power Purchase and Sale Agreement
Appendix E: Renewable Power Purchase Agreement
Appendix F: Product 1 RPS + Storage Bid Intake Form
Appendix G: Product 2 Bid Intake Form
Appendix H: Term Sheet for California RPS Bundled Renewable Energy
Appendix I: Product 3 Bid Intake Form
Appendix J: Term Sheet for Stand-Alone Energy Storage
Appendix K: Qualitative Selection Criteria Questionnaire
Appendix L: Guidance for Renewables with Storage