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California could rewrite the rules for distributed demand response

from The Energy Collective

You might imagine that California, the land of energy efficiency, smart meters, rooftop solar panels and plug-in electric vehicles, would also be leading the country in demand response — the term of art for turning homes and buildings into grid-responsive energy assets. But you’d be wrong. In fact, California has lagged behind other parts of the country in creating the programs and markets to jump-start demand response. For the past four years running, it’s failed to meet a statewide goal of getting enough demand response to cover 5 percent of its system peak load — and that’s just a measure of its inability to meet old-fashioned peak reduction from large industrial and commercial customers and power generators. more

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