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San Diego Gas & Electric Announces Launch of the 2020 DRAM RFO 

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On October 11, 2019, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (“SDG&E”) is issuing the 2020 Demand Response Auction Mechanism (“DRAM”) Request For Offer (“RFO”) seeking demand response resources.  This RFO is in accordance with the most recent decision on DRAM, (“D.”)19-07-009, Decision Addressing Auction Mechanism, Baselines, and Auto Demand Response for Battery Storage, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission on July 11, 2019.  See the website link below for additional information on DRAM history.  SDG&E is seeking Resource Adequacy (“RA”) via a standard, non-negotiable purchase agreement to meet system and flexible RA from Demand Response resources.

More information, including the RFO protocols, is available on SDG&E’s DRAM RFO website:

The DRAM is a pay-as-bid auction for Offerors to participate directly in the California Independent System Operator (“CAISO”) market, with participation from customers in SDG&E’s service territory.

SDG&E, along with SCE and PG&E, will host a bidder’s conference on October 18, 2019, via web conference to ensure successful participation and interactive feedback. Webinar and outreach event information is posted on the DRAM RFO website (see above link).

Offers in response to the DRAM RFO are due on November 7, 2019.  SDG&E encourages respondents to carefully review submission requirements and provide sufficient details in all required bid forms.

All questions or other communications regarding this RFO should be submitted via email to [email protected] and MUST also CC [email protected] (the Independent Evaluator for this solicitation).  Only questions submitted by October 25, 2019, will be assured a response.

Thank you,

SDG&E Evaluation Team




Energy Central Interview with Thought Leadership Group Cochairs

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An interview from the ‘Getting to Know Your Expert’ Interview series from Energy Central featuring Jenny Roehm, a Senior Manager of Utility Solutions at Schneider Electric, and Rich Philip, a Manager of Business Demand Response at Duke Energy. They shared their industry insights and wisdom gained in their individual roles as well as their shared responsibilities as they both sit on the Board of Directors of the Peak Load Management Alliance (PLMA) and are also co-chairs of the PLMA Thought Leadership Group.



Shifted Energy Signs Agreement to Incorporate its Grid-Interactive Water Heaters (GIWH)

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Shifted Energy has signed an agreement to incorporate its grid-interactive water heaters (GIWH) into Hawaiian Electric Company’s emerging grid services market as part of a Grid Services Purchase Agreement. The press release is linked here.

Shifted Energy will install up to 2,400 GIWH systems across Oahu and Maui, with a specific focus on hard-to-reach customers including low- and moderate-income, apartment dwellers, and renter communities. Under the contract, the combined GIWH systems will function as a 2.5-megawatt virtual power plant (VPP), making it one of the largest competitively procured GIWH deployments in the world.

In addition to this major Hawaii project, Shifted Energy is actively deploying pilots and developing commercial projects in other U.S. states, as well as Canada, Australia and Europe, where utility programs support the use of energy storage and clean energy resources.


Navigant Publishes Report, Integrated DER Programs for Utilities and Energy Suppliers

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Integrated distributed energy resources (IDER) programs are a topic of growing interest. Several utility-led pilot programs have explored the potential of DER, controlled in aggregate, to provide valuable grid services. IDER programs actively manage energy through the integration and coordination of one or more of the following: energy efficiency, demand response, distributed generation (DG), energy storage, and EVs. The utility does not need to perform this management and coordination. It may also be a combination of grid operator and utility price signals, third-party aggregator control, and customer choice.

Navigant Research breaks IDER into several categories: integrated demand side management (IDSM), bring your own device (BYOD), non-wires alternative (NWA), deregulated IDER, and other IDER. The last two categories respectively cover competitive retail energy suppliers and energy service providers offering IDER, as opposed to regulated utilities, and all other forms of programs utilities are piloting and expanding. Market barriers to IDER exist, and these must be addressed to make larger-scale deployment feasible.

This Navigant Research report analyzes the IDER program market for utilities and energy suppliers. The study examines drivers behind the newly developing business models for IDER as well as implementation challenges. Market forecasts, segmented by program and technology type, extend through 2028 for all world markets. The report also provides recommendations for both utilities and suppliers looking to expand their offerings in the evolving IDER space.



Navigant Releases Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker 3Q19

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The proliferation of distributed energy resources (DER) technologies across the US is providing grid operators with new mechanisms to address capacity constraints and replace strained and aging transmission and distribution (T&D) grid infrastructure. These non-wires alternatives (NWAs) use DER to provide grid relief sufficient to defer or replace more traditional upgrades. In the US, there is no universal definition for NWA. Navigant Research thus tracks grid operator projects that seek to deploy DER technologies and demand side management (DSM) programs for the purpose of deferring or replacing traditional grid infrastructure upgrades.

The Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker 3Q 2019 follows more than 100 completed and current projects fitting this definition in the US. Given the rise in exploration of NWA projects that began in the early‑to-mid 2010s, Navigant Research believes that these projects are poised to become increasingly used to avoid traditional poles, wires, and pipes upgrades to T&D systems. Information collected for the Tracker is used to explore trends within the emerging NWA market. The study explores regional market growth across the US and the various technologies included in NWAs for grid relief.

This first iteration of the Navigant Research Non-Wires Alternatives Tracker aims to provide the most comprehensive and up-to-date database of projects in the US. Information provided for projects tracked includes project name, utility, size, cost, included technologies, status, and more details where available. Navigant Research will continue to update the Tracker as new projects are announced and current projects progress and resolve.


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