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California regulators weigh actions to expand storage, demand response roles in state’s grid

June 4, 2019

California regulators are weighing several important decisions ahead of their July business meeting. Besides addressing concerns of utility bankruptcy and wildfire prevention, they could be voting on two separate proposals to help expand the roles of demand response and energy storage on the grid.

California’s demand response auction mechanism (DRAM) has been “successful to a certain extent,” but must still be improved before regulators can make it permanent, according to one of the proposals, published Friday in a draft order by the state’s Public Utilities Commission (CPUC).

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