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R746. Public Service Commission, Administration.
Rule R746-420. Requests for Approval of a Solicitation Process.
As in effect on November 1, 2016
Table of Contents
- R746-420-1. General Provisions.
- R746-420-3. Solicitation Process.
- R746-420-4. Qualifications of Independent Evaluator.
- R746-420-5. Payments to Independent Evaluator.
- R746-420-6. Functions of Independent Evaluator.
- Date of Enactment or Last Substantive Amendment
- Notice of Continuation
- Authorizing, Implemented, or Interpreted Law
(1) A Soliciting Utility filing for approval of a proposed Solicitation and Solicitation Process in accordance with the Energy Resource Procurement Act (Act) shall file a request for approval of the proposed Solicitation and Solicitation Process (Application) which shall include testimony and exhibits which provide:
(a) A description of the Solicitation Process the Soliciting Utility proposes to use;
(b) A copy of the complete proposed Solicitation with appendices, attachments and draft pro forma contracts if applicable;
(c) Information to demonstrate that the filing complies with the requirements of the Act and Commission rules;
(d) Descriptions of the criteria and the methodology, including any weighting and ranking factors, to be used to evaluate bids;
(e) Information directing parties to all questions and answers regarding the Solicitation and Solicitation Process posted on an appropriate website;
(f) Information on how participants in the pre-issuance Bidders' conference should submit advance written questions to the Soliciting Utility that are to be addressed at the pre-issuance Bidder's conference;
(g) A list of potentially interested parties to whom the Soliciting Utility has sent or will send notices of the filing of the request for approval of the proposed solicitation with the Commission; and
(h) Other information as the Commission may require.
(2) At the time of filing, or earlier if practicable, the Soliciting Utility shall provide to the Independent Evaluator, data, information and models necessary for the Independent Evaluator to analyze and verify the models.
(3) Pre Bid-Issuance Procedures. Prior to applying for approval of a proposed Solicitation:
(a) The Soliciting Utility shall give advance notice to the Commission as soon as practicable that it intends to conduct a Solicitation Process but not later than 60 days prior to the filing of the draft Solicitation and Solicitation Process to enable the Commission to promptly hire an Independent Evaluator;
(b) The Soliciting Utility shall hold a pre-issuance Bidders' conference in Utah, with both in-person and conference call participation at least 15 days prior to the time the Solicitation is filed for approval. Interested persons may attend this conference. The Soliciting Utility shall ensure that all questions and answers, made at the pre-issuance Bidder's conference, are provided or recorded in writing to the extent practicable;
(c) At the pre-issuance Bidder's conference, the Soliciting Utility should describe to the attendees in attendance the process, timeline for Commission review of the draft Solicitation and opportunities for providing input, including sending comments and/or questions to the Independent Evaluator; and
(d) No later than the date of filing of the proposed Solicitation, the Soliciting Utility shall issue a notice to potential bidders regarding the timeline for providing comments and other input regarding the draft Solicitation.
(4) Process for Approval of a Solicitation.
(a) Comments on the Soliciting Utility's Application shall be filed with the Commission within 45 days after the filing of the Application. The Independent Evaluator shall provide comments within 55 days after the filing of the Application. The Soliciting Utility shall file reply comments within 65 days after the filing of the Application.
(b) An Approved Solicitation and related documents shall be posted on an appropriate website as determined by the Commission order approving the Solicitation. Notice of the website posting of a Solicitation shall be sent to the potential bidders identified by the Soliciting Utility and as otherwise directed by the Commission.
(c) All material modifications to the terms and schedule of the Approved Solicitation must be approved by the Commission.
(1) General Requirements of a Solicitation Process.
(a) All aspects of a Solicitation and Solicitation Process must be fair, reasonable and in the public interest.
(b) A proposed Solicitation and Solicitation Process must be reasonably designed to:
(i) Comply with all applicable requirements of the Act and Commission rules;
(ii) Be in the public interest taking into consideration:
(A) whether they are reasonably designed to lead to the acquisition, production, and delivery of electricity at the lowest reasonable cost to the retail customers of the Soliciting Utility located in this state;
(B) long-term and short-term impacts;
(E) financial impacts on the Soliciting Utility; and
(F) other factors determined by the Commission to be relevant;
(iii) Be sufficiently flexible to permit the evaluation and selection of those resources or combination of resources determined by the Commission to be in the public interest;
(iv) Be designed to solicit a robust set of bids to the extent practicable; and
(v) Be commenced sufficiently in advance of the time of the projected resource need to permit and facilitate compliance with the Act and the Commission rules and a reasonable evaluation of resource options that can be available to fill the projected need and that will satisfy the criteria contained within Section 54-17-302(3)(c). The utility may request an expedited review of the proposed Solicitation and Solicitation Process if changed circumstances or new information require a different acquisition timeline. The Soliciting Utility must demonstrate to the Commission that the timing of the Solicitation Process will nevertheless satisfy the criteria established in the Act and in Commission rules.
(2) Screening Criteria - Screening in A Solicitation Process.
(a) In preparing a Solicitation and in evaluating bids, the Soliciting Utility shall develop and utilize, in consultation with the Independent Evaluator (if then under contract) and the Division of Public Utilities, screening and evaluation criteria, ranking factors and evaluation methodologies that are reasonably designed to ensure that the Solicitation Process is fair, reasonable and in the public interest.
(b) Reasonable initial screening criteria may include, but are not necessarily limited to, reasonable and nondiscriminatory evaluation of and initial rankings based upon the following factors:
(i) Cost to utility ratepayers;
(ii) Timing of deliveries;
(iii) Point of delivery;
(v) Credit requirements;
(vi) Level of change to pro forma contracts included in an approved Solicitation Process;
(vii) Transmission, Interconnection and Integration costs and benefits;
(viii) Commission-approved consideration of impacts of direct or inferred debt;
(ix) Feasibility, including project timing and the process for obtaining necessary rights and permits;
(x) Adequacy and flexibility of fuel supplies;
(xi) Choice of cooling technology and adequacy of water resources;
(xii) Systemwide benefits of transmission infrastructure investments associated with a project;
(xiii) Allocation of project development risks, including capital cost overruns, fuel price risk and environmental regulatory risk among project developer, utility and ratepayers; and
(xiv) Environmental impacts.
(c) In developing the initial screening and evaluation criteria, the Soliciting Utility, in consultation with the Independent Evaluator (if then under contract) and the Division of Public Utilities, shall consider the assumptions included in the Soliciting Utility's most recent Integrated Resource Plan (IRP), any recently filed IRP Update, any Commission order on the IRP or IRP Update and in its Benchmark Option.
(d) The Soliciting Utility may but is not required to consider non-conforming bids to the Request For Qualifications (RFQ) or Request For Proposals (RFP). The Soliciting Utility will provide advance notice to the Independent Evaluator of its decision consider a non-conforming bid.
(3) Screening Criteria - Request for Qualifications and Request of Proposals.
(a) Prior to the deadline for responding to the RFP, the Soliciting Utility may utilize a RFQ.
(b) The Independent Evaluator will provide each of the bidders with a Bid number once the Soliciting Utility, in consultation with the Independent Evaluator, has determined that the bidder has met the criteria under the RFQ.
(c) Reasonable RFQ screening criteria may include, but are not necessarily limited to, reasonable and nondiscriminatory evaluation of the following factors:
(i) Credit requirements and risk;
(ii) Non-performance risk;
(iii) Technical experience;
(iv) Technical and financial feasibility; and
(v) Other reasonable screening criteria that are applied in a fair, reasonable and nondiscriminatory manner.
(d) The RFQ should instruct each potential bidder to state in its RFQ response whether it is an affiliate of the Soliciting Utility or will contract with an affiliate of the Soliciting Utility.
(4) Disclosures. If a Solicitation includes a Benchmark Option, the Solicitation shall include at least the following information and disclosures:
(a) Whether the Benchmark Option will or may consist of a Soliciting Utility self-build or owned option (Owned Benchmark Resource) or if it is a purchase option (Market Benchmark Resource);
(b) If an Owned Benchmark Option is used, a description of the facility, fuel type, technology, efficiency, location, projected life, transmission requirements and operating and dispatch characteristics of the Owned Benchmark Option. If a Market Benchmark Option is used, the Soliciting Utility must disclose that a market option will be utilized and any inputs that will be utilized in the evaluation;
(c) A description and examples of the manner in which resources of differing characteristics or lengths will be evaluated;
(d) That bids will receive Bid numbers from the Independent Evaluator. The blinded personnel will not have access to any information concerning the relationship between the Bid numbers and the Blinded bids until after selection of the final short list;
(e) Assurances that resource evaluations will be conducted in a fair and non-preferential manner in comparison to the Benchmark Option;
(f) Assurances that the Benchmark Option will be validated by the Independent Evaluator and that no changes to any aspect of the Benchmark Option will be permitted after the validation of the Benchmark Option by the Independent Evaluator and prior to the receipt of bids under the RFP and that the Benchmark Option will not be subject to change unless updates to other bids are permitted; and
(g) Assurances that the non-blinded personnel will not share any non-blinded information about the bidders with employees or agents of a Soliciting Utility or its affiliates who are or may be involved in the development of a Solicitation, the evaluation of bids, or the selections of resources (Evaluation Team) until after selection of the final shortlist.
(5) Disclosures Regarding Evaluation Methodology. A Solicitation shall include a clear and complete description and explanation of the methodologies to be used in the evaluation and ranking of bids, including a complete description of:
(a) All evaluation procedures, factors and weights to be considered in the RFQ, initial screening and final evaluation of bids;
(b) Credit and security requirements;
(c) Pro forma power purchase and other agreements; and
(d) The Solicitation schedule.
(6) Disclosures Regarding Independent Evaluator. The Solicitation shall describe the Independent Evaluator's role in a manner consistent with Section 54-17-203, including:
(a) An explanation of the role of the Independent Evaluator;
(b) Contact information for the Independent Evaluator; and
(c) Directions and encouragement for potential bidders to contact the Independent Evaluator with any questions, comments, information or suggestions.
(7) General Requirements. The Solicitation Process must:
(a) Satisfy all applicable requirements of the Act and Commission rules and be fair, reasonable and in the public interest;
(b) Clearly describe the nature and all relevant attributes of the requested resources;
(c) Include clear descriptions of the amounts and types of resources requested, the required timing of deliveries, acceptable places of delivery, pricing options, transmission constraints, requirements and costs that are known at the time, scheduling requirements, qualification requirements, bid and selection formats and procedures, price and non-price factors and weights, credit and security requirements and all other information reasonably necessary to facilitate a Solicitation Process in compliance with the Act and Commission rules;
(d) Utilize an evaluation methodology for resources of different types and lengths which is fair, reasonable and in the public interest and which is validated by the Independent Evaluator;
(e) Ensure that bidders will timely receive the data and information determined by the Soliciting Utility, in consultation with the Independent Evaluator or as directed by the Commission, to be necessary to facilitate a fair and reasonable competitive bidding process and all information reasonably requested by bidders;
(f) Impose credit requirements and other participation and bidding requirements that are non-discriminatory, fair, reasonable, and in the public interest;
(g) Permit a range of commercially reasonable alternatives to satisfy credit and security requirements;
(h) Permit and encourage negotiation with final short-list bidders for the benefit of ratepayers taking into account increased value but also not unreasonably increasing risks to ratepayers;
(i) Provide reasonable protections for confidential information of bidders; subject to disclosure pursuant to appropriate protective order to the Independent Evaluator and otherwise as required by the Commission;
(j) Provide reasonable protections for confidential information of the Soliciting Utility, subject to disclosure pursuant to appropriate protective order to the Independent Evaluator and otherwise as required by the Commission;
(k) Ensure that if any information that may affect the Solicitation Process is to be shared by the Soliciting Utility with any bidder or with the employees or agents of a Soliciting Utility or its affiliates who may be involved in the development or submission of a Benchmark Option used in a Solicitation (Bid Team), excluding confidential, proprietary or competitively sensitive Benchmark- or bid-specific information or negotiations, that the same information is shared with all bidders in the same manner and at the same time.
(8) Process Requirements for Benchmark Option. In a Solicitation Process involving the possibility of a Benchmark Option:
(a) The Evaluation Team, including non-blinded personnel, may not be members of the Bid Team, nor communicate with members of the Bid Team during the Solicitation Process about any aspect of the Solicitation Process, except as authorized herein.
(b) The names and titles of each member of the Bid Team, the non-blinded personnel and Evaluation Team shall be provided in writing to the Independent Evaluator.
(c) The Evaluation Team may solicit written comments on matters of technical expertise from the members of the Bid Team. All such communications to or from the Bid Team must be in writing. The Independent Evaluator must participate in all such communications between members of the Bid Team and Evaluation Team and must retain a copy of all such correspondence to be made available in future Commission proceedings. The Independent Evaluator must also make available to the bidder about whose bid the Bid Team's technical expertise was sought a written copy of the correspondence between the Evaluation and Bid Teams. Any response to such correspondence from the bidder must be in writing to the Independent Evaluator and must be conveyed to the Evaluation Team. The Independent Evaluator must provide its own or third party verification of the reasonableness of any technical information solicited from the Bid Team or bidder before it may be used in any evaluation.
(d) There shall be no communications regarding blinded bid information, either directly or indirectly, between the non-blinded personnel and other Evaluation Team members until the final shortlist is determined except as authorized herein, which communications shall be done in the presence of the Independent Evaluator. The non-blinded personnel must not reveal to other Evaluation Team members, either directly or indirectly in any form, any blinded information regarding the identity of any of the bidders.
(e) The Evaluation Team shall have no direct or indirect contact or communication with any bidder other than through the Independent Evaluator until such time as a final shortlist is selected by the Soliciting Utility.
(f) Each member of the Bid Team and Evaluation Team, including non-blinded personnel, shall promptly execute a commitment and acknowledgment that he or she agrees to abide by all of the restrictions and conditions contained in these Commission rules. These acknowledgments shall be filed with the Commission within 10 days of their execution.
(g) Should any bidder or a member of the Bid Team attempt to contact a member of the Evaluation Team, such bidder or member of the Bid Team shall be directed to the Independent Evaluator for all information and such communication shall be reported to the Independent Evaluator by the Evaluation Team within seven business days.
(h) All relevant costs and characteristics of the Benchmark Option must be audited and validated by the Independent Evaluator prior to receiving any of the bids and are not subject to change during the Solicitation except as provided herein.
(i) All bids must be considered and evaluated against the Benchmark Option on a fair and comparable basis.
(j) Environmental risks and weight factors must be applied consistently and comparably to all bid responses and the Benchmark Option.
(k) The Solicitation must allow power purchase contract terms equivalent to the projected facility life of the Benchmark Option. The Commission may waive this requirement during review of the draft Solicitation and Solicitation Process for good cause shown.
(l) If the Soliciting Utility is subject to regulation in more than one state concerning the acquisition, construction, or cost recovery of a significant energy resource, the Soliciting Utility shall explain the degree to which it has taken into account the likelihood of resource approval and cost recovery in other jurisdictions in exercising its judgment in selecting the Benchmark Option.
(9) Issuance of A Solicitation.
(a) The Soliciting Utility shall issue the approved Solicitation promptly after Commission approval of the Solicitation and Solicitation Process.
(b) Bidders shall be directed to submit bids directly to the Independent Evaluator in accordance with the schedule contained in the Solicitation.
(c) The Soliciting Utility shall hold a pre-Bid conference in Utah, with both in-person and conference call participation available, at least 30 days before the deadline for submitting responsive bids.
(10) Evaluation of Bids.
(a) The Independent Evaluator shall "blind" all bids and supply blinded bids to the Soliciting Utility and make blinded bids available to the Division of Public Utilities subject to the provisions of an appropriate Commission-issued protective order.
(b) The Independent Evaluator shall supply such information regarding bidders and bids to non-blinded personnel as is necessary to enable such personnel to complete required credit and legal evaluations.
(c) The Soliciting Utility must cooperate fully with the Independent Evaluator.
(d) Subject to an appropriate confidentiality agreement approved by the Commission, the Soliciting Utility shall timely provide to the Independent Evaluator and the Division of Public Utilities full access to all relevant personnel of the Soliciting Utility, together with all data, materials, models and other information, including confidential information and forward pricing curves, used or to be used in developing the proposed Solicitation, preparing the Benchmark Option, or screening, evaluating or selecting bids.
(e) The Soliciting Utility, monitored by the Independent Evaluator, shall conduct a thorough evaluation of all bids in a manner consistent with the Act, Commission Rules and the Solicitation.
(f) The Independent Evaluator shall pursue a reasonable combination of auditing the Soliciting Utility's evaluation and conducting its own independent evaluation, in consultation with the Division of Public Utilities, such that the Independent Evaluator can fulfill its duties and obligations as set forth in the Act and in Commission Rules.
(g) The Soliciting Utility, the Division of Public Utilities and the Independent Evaluator may request further information from any bidder. Any communications with bidders in this regard shall be conducted only through the Independent Evaluator. The Soliciting Utility shall be informed in a timely manner of the content of any communications between the Independent Evaluator and a bidder, but communications shall be conducted on a confidential or blinded basis.
(h) In order to facilitate both an independent evaluation function and an auditing function, the Independent Evaluator shall have access to all information and resources utilized by the Soliciting Utility in conducting its analyses. The Soliciting Utility shall provide the Independent Evaluator with complete and open access to all documents, information, data and models utilized by the Soliciting Utility in its analyses. The Independent Evaluator shall be allowed to actively and contemporaneously monitor all aspects of the Soliciting Utility's evaluation process in the manner it deems appropriate so that the Soliciting Utility's evaluation process is transparent to the Independent Evaluator. The Soliciting Utility shall have an affirmative responsibility to respond promptly and fully to any request for reasonable access or information made by the Division of Public Utilities or the Independent Evaluator. To the extent the Independent Evaluator determines through its audit or independent evaluation that its evaluation and the Soliciting Utility's yield different results, the Independent Evaluator shall notify the Soliciting Utility and the Division of Public Utilities and attempt to identify reasons for the differences as early as practicable. Where practicable, the Soliciting Utility, the Division of Public Utilities and the Independent Evaluator shall attempt to reconcile such differences. If the differences cannot be reconciled to the Independent Evaluator's satisfaction, the Independent Evaluator will promptly notify the Commission.
(i) The Independent Evaluator shall be responsible for unblinding all bids included on the final short-list and providing relevant contact information to the Soliciting Utility for final negotiations with these short-listed bidders. The Independent Evaluator shall monitor any negotiations with short-listed bidders.
(j) The Division of Public Utilities and the Independent Evaluator may, through the Independent Evaluator, ask the PacifiCorp Transmission group to conduct reasonable and necessary transmission analyses concerning bids received. Any such analyses shall be provided to the Division of Public Utilities, the Independent Evaluator and the Soliciting Utility. The Soliciting Utility may, in a general rate case or other appropriate Commission proceeding, include and the Commission will allow, recovery in the Soliciting Utility's retail rates of any reasonable amounts paid by the Soliciting Utility for those analyses.
(1) An Independent Evaluator must:
(a) Demonstrate qualifications, expertise and experience to perform all of the functions of the Independent Evaluator as contemplated by the Act and Commission rules;
(b) Demonstrate independence from the Soliciting Utility and potential bidders identified by the utility or determined by the Commission;
(c) Be experienced and competent to facilitate necessary communications, including operation and control of a website for all purposes contemplated by Commission rules;
(d) Provide statements of interest to the Commission which disclose:
(i) any contracts or other economic arrangements of any kind between the Soliciting Utility or likely bidders and the Independent Evaluator or any affiliates that currently exist, that have existed within the past ten years, or that have been promised or are expected in the future; and
(ii) memberships in trade organizations; and
(e) File with the Commission a full copy of any agreement of any type between the Independent Evaluator and the Soliciting Utility or any likely bidder or any affiliates.
(2) While performing services related to the Solicitation, the Independent Evaluator shall not accept employment from nor communicate with bidders and the Soliciting Utility regarding future employment or contract opportunities.
(1) Payments to the Independent Evaluator selected by the Commission shall be paid by the Soliciting Utility in accordance with terms and conditions specified by the Commission.
(a) The Commission and the Independent Evaluator shall execute a contract approved by the Commission with such terms and conditions as the Commission may approve.
(b) Invoices for the Independent Evaluator's services shall be sent as directed by contract.
(c) After an invoice is reviewed and approved, it will be forwarded to the Soliciting Utility for payment to the Independent Evaluator.
(d) Unless the Commission directs otherwise in connection with a Solicitation, the expenses of the Independent Evaluator shall be reimbursed as follows:
(i) The Soliciting Utility is authorized to collect bid fees that are reasonable under the circumstances of up to $10,000 per bid to defray costs of the Independent Evaluator; and
(ii) The Soliciting Utility may, in a general rate case or other appropriate Commission proceeding, include and the Commission will allow, recovery in the Soliciting Utility's retail rates of any additional amounts paid by the Soliciting Utility for the Independent Evaluator.
(1) The Independent Evaluator shall perform all functions contemplated by the Act or Commission rules, in coordination with and under the contract with the Commission.
(2) The functions of the Independent Evaluator shall include the following:
(a) Facilitate and monitor communications between the Soliciting Utility and bidders;
(b) Review and validate the assumptions and calculations of any Benchmark Option;
(c) Analyze the Benchmark Option for reasonableness and consistency with the Solicitation Process;
(d) Analyze, operate and validate all important models, modeling techniques, assumptions and inputs utilized by the Soliciting Utility in the Solicitation Process, including the evaluation of bids;
(e) Receive and "blind" bid responses;
(f) Provide input to the Soliciting Utility on:
(i) the development of screening and evaluation criteria, ranking factors and evaluation methodologies that are reasonably designed to ensure that the Solicitation Process is fair, reasonable and in the public interest in preparing a Solicitation and in evaluating bids;
(ii) the development of initial screening and evaluation criteria that take into consideration the assumptions included in the Soliciting Utility's most recent IRP, any recently filed IRP Update, any Commission order on the IRP or IRP Update and in its Benchmark Option;
(iii) whether a bidder has met the criteria specified in any RFQ and whether to reject or accept non-conforming RFQ responses;
(iv) whether and when data and information should be distributed to bidders because it is necessary to facilitate a fair and reasonable competitive bidding process or has been reasonably requested by bidders;
(v) negotiation of proposed contracts with successful bidders; and
(vi) other matters as appropriate in performing the duties of the Independent Evaluator under the Act and Commission rules, or as directed by the Commission;
(g) Ensure that all bids are treated in a fair and non-discriminatory manner;
(h) Monitor, observe, validate and offer feedback to the Soliciting Utility, the Commission, and the Division of Public Utilties on all aspects of the Solicitation and Solicitation Process, including:
(i) content of the Solicitation;
(ii) evaluation and ranking of bid responses;
(iii) creation of a short list(s) of bidders for more detailed analysis and negotiation;
(iv) post-Bid discussions and negotiations with, and evaluations of, short list bidders; and
(v) negotiation of proposed contracts with successful bidders;
(i) Offer feedback to the Soliciting Utility on possible adjustments to the scope or nature of the Solicitation or requested resources in light of bid responses;
(j) Solicit additional information on bids necessary for screening and evaluation purposes;
(k) Advise the Commission at all stages of the process of any unresolved disputes or other issues or concerns that could affect the integrity or outcome of the Solicitation Process;
(l) Analyze and attempt to mediate disputes that arise in the Solicitation Process with the Soliciting Utility and/or bidders, and present recommendations for resolution of unresolved disputes to the Commission;
(m) Participate in and testify at Commission hearings on approval of the Solicitation and Solicitation Process and/or approval of a Significant Energy Resource Decision;
(n) Coordinate as appropriate and as directed by the Commission with staff or evaluators designated by regulatory authorities from other states served by the Soliciting Utility;
(o) Perform such other evaluations and tasks as the Commission may direct;
(p) At the request of the Commission and subject to the existence or negotiation of appropriate contractual arrangements, participate in the evaluation of a request for an Order to Proceed under Section 54-17-304 and testify at any Commission hearings regarding the same; and
(q) No part or provision of this rule shall prevent or preclude the Commission from removing or dispensing with any function, responsibility, service or task of the Independent Evaluator in a particular case or proceeding as the Commission may determine is appropriate in the circumstances of such case or proceeding.
(a) Communications between a Soliciting Utility and potential or actual bidders shall be conducted only through or in the presence of the Independent Evaluator. Bidder questions and Soliciting Utility or Independent Evaluator responses shall be posted on an appropriate website. The Independent Evaluator shall protect or redact competitively sensitive information from such questions or responses to the extent necessary.
(b) The Soliciting Utility may not communicate with any bidder regarding the Solicitation Process, the content of the Solicitation or Solicitation documents, or the substance of any potential response by a bidder to the Solicitation, except through or in the presence of the Independent Evaluator.
(c) The Soliciting Utility shall provide timely and accurate responses to any request from the Independent Evaluator, including requests from bidders submitted by the Independent Evaluator, for information regarding any aspect of the Solicitation or the Solicitation Process.
(a) The Independent Evaluator shall prepare at least the following confidential reports and provide them to the Commission, the Division of Public Utilities and the Soliciting Utility:
(i) Monthly progress reports on all aspects of the Solicitation Process as it progresses;
(ii) Final Reports as soon as possible following the completion of the Solicitation Process. Final reports shall include analyses of the Solicitation, the Solicitation Process, the Soliciting Utility's evaluation and selection of bids and resources, the final results and whether the selected resources are in the public interest;
(iii) Other reports the Independent Evaluator deems appropriate; and
(iv) Other reports as the Commission may direct.
(b) The Independent Evaluator shall prepare at least the following public reports and provide them to the Commission and all Interested Parties:
(i) Final report, without confidential information, analyzing the Solicitation, the Solicitation Process, the Soliciting Utility's evaluation and selection of bids and resources, the final results and whether the selected resources are in the public interest;
(ii) Comments and recommendations with respect to changes or improvements for a future Solicitation Process; and
(iii) Other reports as the Commission may direct.
(c) Upon advance notice to the Soliciting Utility, the Independent Evaluator may conduct meetings with intervenors during the Solicitation Process to the extent determined by the Independent Evaluator or as directed by the Commission.
(d) If at any time the Independent Evaluator becomes aware of any violation of any requirements of the Solicitation Process or Commission rules, the Independent Evaluator shall immediately notify the Soliciting Utility and the Commission. The Independent Evaluator shall report any actions taken by the Soliciting Utility and any other recommended remedies to the Commission.
(e) The Independent Evaluator shall document all substantive correspondence and communications with the Soliciting Utility and bidders, shall make such documentation available to parties in any relevant proceedings upon proper request and subject to the terms of a protective order if the request contains or pertains to confidential information. Within six months after the end of the Solicitation Process, the Independent Evaluator shall provide a copy of this documentation to the Soliciting Utility. The Soliciting Utility shall maintain a complete record of its analyses and evaluations, including spreadsheets and models materially relied upon by the utility, all materials submitted to the Commission and all materials submitted in response to discovery requests. The Soliciting Utility shall retain such documentation for a period of at least 10 years. A party to a proceeding may petition the Commission to require specified additional materials to be maintained for a specified period.
significant energy resource, solicitation process, order to proceed, filing requirements
August 28, 2007
May 10, 2012
54-17-100 et seq.
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