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Electric and Gas Franchise New Deal

A Transparent Process

Power Lines

Bidders Invited to Compete for Exclusive Right to Provide Gas and Electricity Services to City Residents and Businesses.

March 2021

Prospective bidders are invited to compete for the exclusive right to provide gas and electricity services to City of San Diego residents and businesses. 

The terms of the invitations include the requirement for a cooperative agreement that will help the City achieve its climate action and environmental equity goals. 

Also included in the solicitations is support for San Diego’s new Climate Equity Fund, which will finance new green infrastructure in communities of color that have historically not received their fair share of investment and been disproportionately plagued by pollution.

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SDG&E Bids

Cancellation of Invitation to Bid (2020)

Cancellation of the Invitation to Bid for Franchise of Gas and Electric Services

Invitations to Bid

The City of San Diego previously offered the following Invitations to Bid. The links below include instructions on the bidding process and the provisions for the respective franchises.

Questions and Responses to the Electric and Gas Invitations to Bid

The City received a significant amount of questions. These documents include questions and responses:


The City of San Diego entered into a 50-year franchise for electric and gas services in 1970 with San Diego Gas & Electric. This franchise is set to expire in January 2021. The City is currently developing the terms of a new franchise for both gas and electric services, and information regarding this process will periodically be updated below.

Send all inquiries, questions and correspondence relating to this RFEI by email to: Lfriedman@sandiego.gov

While you are here, please review our File Franchise Fee Workshop Presentation and this presentation from the Energy Policy Initiatives Center on understanding your electric bill.