The Demand Response Emerging Technologies (DRET) collaborative facilitates the deployment of innovative new demand response technologies, software and system applications that may enable cost-effective customer participation and performance in California’s demand response programs and wholesale market resources. These activities help enable the innovative high-tech and consumer markets to adopt demand response methods and standards that advocate for continuous improvement in demand response technological innovation.
The DRET collaborative benefits electricity ratepayers from the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company and is authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) through 2023.
In past years, the three California electric investor-owned utilities (IOUs) have supported research that has led to the development of emerging technologies to help with the State’s challenges in meeting electric system reliability during peak times and reducing greenhouse gases (GHGs). See the video below for an example of an innovative solution that is now available to customers to automate their demand response: