01 Oct '16, 12am

Regulators to California Utilities: More Third-Party Demand Response, Please

California energy regulators have asked Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric to seek out more megawatts of distributed energy capacity under the state’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) -- a win for companies that have complained that they still have plenty of projects for sale. In a set of decisions issued Thursday, the California Public Utilities Commission said that both utilities fell short of their goals under the DRAM program, by cutting short the DRAM auction held earlier this year. It was the second so far for the innovative program, and was aimed at securing distributed energy resources that could be aggregated to meet grid needs. PG&E awarded 14 projects under that auction, while SDG&E awarded six. All told, last month’s awards, along with those from Southern California Edison, brought the program to about 120 megawatts of distributed energ...

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