As a provider of an essential service, we are working to ensure we are here for our customers, our community and our employees as coronavirus impacts the region.

With Governor Inslee’s phased reopening of select aspects of our community and economy, such as the construction sector, PSE is gradually returning maintenance and construction crews back into the field. PSE’s highest priority is the health and safety of our employees and communities. As such, we continue to adhere to current CDC guidance regarding COVID-19 while working in our community.

We are requiring our employees to maintain social distancing while working in the field. We encourage our customers to do the same when engaging with our employees.

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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). 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 resource need within the next three years.

 

Schedule for 2020 Demand Response and All-Source RFPs

Dates

Milestones

May 4, 2020

Draft All-Source and Demand Response RFPs filed with WUTC

July 6, 2020

Public comment period closes

July 30, 2020

WUTC open meeting discuss RFPs

August 5, 2020

WUTC expected to approve the All-Source and Demand Response RFPs

A decision could be issued as early as July 31, 2020, subsequent to the open meeting on July 30, 2020.

To be announced

Last day to register for RFP respondents' conference

August 2020 - To be announced

PSE hosts RFP respondents’ conference (details below)

August 14, 2020

PSE expects to issue All-Source and Demand Response RFPs

August 21, 2020

Mutual Confidentiality Agreements due to PSE 

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

September 4, 2020

Offers due to PSE

Q2 2021

PSE selects short list, notifies respondents

 To follow

Post-proposal negotiations



Summary of Proposals Received

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 will update this information to reflect proposals from the 2020 All-Source and Demand Response RFPs when it becomes available.


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

 

 

2020 RFP Respondent Conference

PSE expects to host a web-based RFP respondent conference in August 2020 to help respondents prepare successful proposals and to address matters of common interest prior to the proposal due date. Click AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com to be added to the RFP notification list and receive an email alert about the conference. Details about the conference will also be posted to this site as they become available.

Respondents will be asked to register for the conference in advance. Presentation materials will be posted here after the conference.

 

2020 RFP for Demand Response

PSE filed a draft Demand Response RFP on May 4, 2020. As shown in the schedule above, PSE expects to file a final Demand Response RFP in August 2020.

Demand Response RFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PSE typically prepares a list of FAQs about the Demand Response RFP that may be of common interest to respondents. FAQs will be posted here and updated as it makes sense.

2020 All-Source RFP

PSE filed a draft All-Source RFP for peak capacity resources on May 4, 2020. As shown in the schedule above, PSE expects to file a final All-Source RFP in August 2020.

All-Source RFP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

PSE typically prepares a list of FAQs about the All-Source RFP that may be of common interest to respondents. FAQs will be posted here and updated as it makes sense.


Contact information

Questions or comments about the 2020 Demand Response RFP may be sent to DemandResponse@pse.com. Questions about the 2020 All-Source RFP may be sent to AllSourceRFPmailbox@pse.com.

Reporting information

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