For Immediate Release: June 25, 2021

SACRAMENTO – California Energy Commission (CEC) Commissioner Siva Gunda released the following statement in response to a decision approved yesterday by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) on the state’s demand response programs. 

“I applaud yesterday’s decision by the CPUC to advance the state’s demand response programs by directing the CEC to analyze and propose improvements to how we are planning and accounting for this important energy resource. We look forward to working with our sister agency, utilities, and demand response providers to develop solutions that further unlock the benefits these programs can have for consumers and the grid.”  

Demand response programs use rate structures and economic incentives such as direct payments to get customers to shift energy use to times of the day that are most beneficial for the grid. For more information on demand response.  

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