Demand Response Program Update: California
California utilities are facing a mandate to adopt the new OpenADR 2.0 specification (see our explanation of the benefits) for demand response (DR), and policy makers are putting increasing emphasis on DR to help the state meet its system reliability and renewables integration goals.
The state’s 2013 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR), released earlier this year, notes, “There is an urgency to expand DR as a frontline resource for maintaining system reliability and taking full advantage of the contributions of low‐carbon renewable generation.” And the California ISO has produced a road map to advance DR and energy efficiency based on the belief that “properly configured demand response and energy efficiency can simultaneously contribute to the reliable and efficient management of a greener electricity grid and reduce or defer the need for conventional fossil-fueled generating resources and new transmission assets.”
So what are California utilities doing to respond to these calls to action? Here’s a summary of Auto-DR programs offered by the state’s largest utilities.