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California’s Latest Demand-Side Emergency Plan Draws Criticism From Providers

“Disappointing.” That’s how a range of clean energy advocates and demand response providers are describing the California Public Utilities Commission’s latest plan to prevent a repeat of the state’s August 2020 rolling blackouts this coming summer.

The proposed decision (PDF) released last week expands demand-side programs to boost grid reliability. But it doesn’t include any of the proposals that demand response and distributed energy resources providers including Tesla, OhmConnect, Leap, Enel X, CPower and Google Nest have testified could expand capacity quickly enough to meet potential shortfalls this year.

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