California Energy Commission Letterhead

California Industrial Systems Capabilities
Assessment Survey
Webinar on: THURSDAY, MAY 13, 2010
11 a.m. to 12 p.m.

The California Energy Commission is working with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (LBNL) Demand Response Research Center to survey industrial facilities in California. The purpose is to determine the current status of energy control technologies and/or any near-term plans to upgrade or install these capabilities. Your responses will ensure that our research addresses your industrial needs associated with demand response (DR) and will help us answer the following questions and understand the related benefits and challenges:

  • Is your facility participating in demand response? Industrial facilities participating in DR programs may realize additional benefits from automating all or part of their DR capabilities.
  • Do you have automated controls for demand response? Firms with automated controls and information technology will be able to effectively participate in utility electricity demand response and future dynamic pricing programs. This could result in cost savings and other benefits to industrial facilities.
  • What are the challenges for demand response? Identify needed public policies to effectively assist businesses like yours to meet the challenges of real-time pricing.

This survey is currently available on-line (see "Controls Survey" below). For those who would like additional information before completing the survey, the Energy Commission and LBNL will be hosting a webinar on Thursday, May 13, 2010. The webinar will provide the following:

  • An overview of Energy Commission research on demand response and how it can reduce your energy costs and produce other benefits for industry and California,
  • A review of the survey,
  • Information concerning how the survey results will be used and why your feedback is important, and
  • Opportunity to respond to your questions about the survey.

Remote Attendance and Availability of Documents

Presentations and audio from the meeting will be broadcast via ReadyTalk meeting service. Please use the following directions to participate via ReadyTalk:

To begin your web conference, go to:

  1. Enter your access code: 4867550 under "join a meeting."
  2. Enter the "participant registration" fields and click on "submit."

To begin your audio conference:

  1. Dial Toll-Free Number: 866-740-1260 (U.S. & Canada)
  2. Enter your access code 4867550, followed by "#"

Documents and presentations for this meeting will be available on-line

Controls Survey

If you like, this survey is available for completion prior to the webinar, and you are invited to take the survey at your convenience. The survey takes only about 15-20 minutes to complete and the data collected will be kept confidential by LBNL. Automation controls need not currently exist at the facility. This survey is being presented using Survey Monkey, an on-line survey form to collect data from participating companies. To access the survey, see:

Please Note: Survey Monkey stores safe cookies in your internet browser to track the user and data during the process of completion of the survey. This will be helpful if you would like to continue the survey after a break. Once you have started the survey, please do not close your browser, or use different computer to continue the survey - this would result in the survey re-starting, and your previous responses would be redundant.

If you have any questions on this survey, please email Rish Ghatikar (


The Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) program has funded the Demand Response Research Center (DRRC) at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to undertake a survey of California industrial facilities to better understand existing control capabilities, or near-term plans for upgrades. This information will increase the DRRC's understanding of California industry's capacity to voluntarily receive and respond to an automated demand response signal to shift or shed non-essential electrical load. The results of this survey will be used with data collected from other sources (integrated audits, field work, and sector-based analyses) to identify potential shift and shed strategies within specific industrial sectors. This information will be used to assist these sectors in managing their electricity use during times of peak use. This information will also assist industry in planning DR strategies for participation in future utility DR programs.

Public Participation

The Energy Commission's Public Adviser's Office provides the public assistance in participating in Energy Commission activities. If you want information on how to participate in this forum, please contact the Public Adviser's Office at (916) 654-4489 or toll free at (800) 822-6228, by FAX at (916) 654-4493, or by e-mail at If you have a disability and require assistance to participate, please contact Lou Quiroz at (916) 654-5146 at least five days in advance.

Please direct all news media inquiries to the Media and Public Communications Office at (916) 654-4989, or by e-mail at .

If you have questions on the technical subject matter of this meeting, please contact Anish Gautam by email at

Date: May 5, 2010

Mail Lists: Efficiency List, Electricity List, Natural Gas and LNG List, Research and Development List, Renewable Energy List, Transportation Energy List, Economic Recovery List, Climate Change Activities List.