2024 Clean Energy and Reliability RFP

Central Coast Community Energy (3CE) through this 2024 Request for Proposals for Renewable Energy and Storage Project intends to make progress towards meeting its respective goals related to Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS), greenhouse gas emission reductions and reliability requirements by contracting with new or existing renewable energy and storage projects. 3CE is a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA) formed under the authority of a joint powers’ agency and subject to legislative and regulatory requirements imposed on load serving entities within the state of California. 3CE serves its members within the geographic boundaries of Monterey, Santa Cruz San Benito, San Luis Obispo, and Santa Barbara Counties.

RFP Schedule

RFP Opens
April 23, 2024
Respondent webinar to discuss RFP process
May 2, 2024, at 11:00am Pacific Time
Deadline to submit questions.
May 6, 2024, by 11:59pm Pacific Time
Q&A document posted to website
May 14, 2024
Deadline to submit RFP Proposals
May 22, 2024, by 5:00pm Pacific Time
QAQC of received bids
May/June 2024
Respondents notified of shortlist status
Early/Mid July 2024
PPA and ESA negotiations and award
July 2024 - December 2024

Conforming offers for the 3CE's 2024 Clean Energy and Reliability RFP will have a delivery term of 10 to 20 years beginning no later than December 31, 2032. 3CE seeks offers from the following product categories:

  1. Renewable Generation Only Contracts:
  1. Renewable Generation Plus Storage Contracts: RPS-eligible generation (at least 20 MW) paired with storage projects (at least 20 MW). The storage duration must be at least 4 hours and the capacity cannot exceed 100% of the generation nameplate capacity.
  2. Standalone Storage Contracts: Stand-alone storage projects with a storage contract capacity of at least 20 MW. The storage duration must be for at least 4 hours.

Additional information and mandatory data templates for submitting offers are available below. Projects will be evaluated on a combination of quantitative and qualitative factors that include economic value, development risk, workforce development, environmental stewardship, benefits to underserved communities, and project location.

Online Bidder Conference

An online bidder conference was held on May 2, 2024 at 11:00 am Pacific Time to review the RFP objectives, process, eligibility requirements, and answer questions.

A recording of the session and the presentation are now available for download.

RFP Documents

Download the following release package for instructions on the 3CE's 2024 Clean Energy & Reliability RFP and the submission process. Submit your questions below by May 6, 2024.

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