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The Demand Response Emerging Technologies (DRET) collaborative consists of three electric utility research programs in California that are investing more than $25 million over five years for the specific purpose of accelerating the market adoption of innovative demand response enabling technologies in all customer sectors to meet California’s electric reliability and climate goals.

The programs in the DRET collaborative are funded by and also benefit electricity ratepayers from the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) and is authorized by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) through 2022.

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 green house gases (GHGs). See the video below for an example of an innovative solution that is now available to customers to automate their demand response:

Learn more about each IOU’s research focus: