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California’s ground-breaking DRAM is underway.

Are you taking full advantage?

Last fall, California’s investor-owned utilities (IOUs) launched the first ever Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot. The project uses an open bidding process to enable the IOUs to secure enough demand response (DR) resources to meet their resource adequacy (RA) requirements for peak demand.  The DRAM fulfills Decision (“D.”) 14-12-024  – Decision Resolving Several Phase Two Issues and Addressing the Motion for Adoption of Settlement Agreement on Phase Three Issues (“DR Phase Two and Three Decision”) approved on December 4, 2014 by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or Commission).

The first round of bidding for 2016 procured 40+ MW of resources—nearly double the goal of 22 MW.  Participants will be able to monetize their load flexibility in new ways and the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) will have help balancing and integrating the growing number of renewables.

Now, Pacific Gas and Electric, Southern California Edison and San Diego Gas and Electric have issued their Request for Offers (RFO) for the 2017 DRAM asking aggregators of distributed energy resources to submit bids by April 18. They are seeking 40 MW, 28 MW and 28 MW, respectively.  (See below for a full schedule.)

This is a game-changing opportunity to participate directly in the wholesale market. Olivine is working to help demand-side resources achieve their grid services value through cost-effective integration. We believe a successful DRAM will catalyze new, clean energy resources and create a transformation of the electric grid.

Olivine, an active member of the DRAM working group, is a leader in facilitating grid services provided by distributed energy resources. The company is both a scheduling coordinator and demand response provider (DRP) in California and has created a unique technology platform, the Olivine DER System, which enables market access for demand-side and behind-the-meter resources.

Why Olivine?

Olivine, an active member of the DRAM working group, is a leader in facilitating grid services provided by distributed energy resources. The company is both a scheduling coordinator (SC) and demand response provider (DRP) in California and has created a unique and award-winning technology platform, the Olivine DER System, which enables market access for demand-side and behind-the-meter resources.

Olivine can help your company take full advantage of this new path to the wholesale market. We were the first third-party to integrate with the CAISO for demand-side resources and is currently the only third-party SC/DRP that has bid PDR into the market. Our experience enables us to provide high-value support and insight to our clients and can help your company take full advantage of the DRAM.

 Read Olivine’s full response to the DRAM’s Scheduling Coordinator Request for Information

Interested in participating? Contact Beth Reid, Olivine CEO, breid@olivineinc.com

 Schedule

Below are key dates for the 2107 DRAM:

Event Date
IOUs Issue DRAM RFO 3/3/16
DRAM RFO Bidders’ Webinar, 10 AM (PPT) 3/15/16
DRAM RFO offer package due by IOUs (note varying times) 4/18/16
IOUs notify non-conforming Bidders (Request to “cure”) 4/25/16
IOUs notify bidders of selection and sends final PA for execution 6/24/16

Information about each of the IOU 2017 Request for Offers can be found on their website at the following links:

Pacific Gas & Electric

Southern California Edison

San Diego Gas & Electric

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