California’s DRAM Auction Contracts for 82MW of Distributed Energy as Grid Resource

By [email protected] California’s groundbreaking test of distributed energy resources (DERs) as aggregated grid assets continues — and this time, the rewards and the responsibilities are even greater.

Late last week, California’s big three investor-owned utilities announced the winners of 81.6 megawatts’ worth of contracts for the Demand Response Auction Mechanism, or DRAM. It’s the second auction for a multiyear project that represents one of the biggest tests in the country of a fundamental premise of the grid edge — that DERs, like battery-backed solar PV, energy storage, plug-in electric vehicles, and smart thermostats and other energy-controlling devices, can work in concert to solve

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