Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM)
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC or the Commission) approved SDG&E, and other Investor Owned Utility (IOUs), to offer a two-year DRAM pilot to the third party aggregators to participate directly in the California Independent Operator System (CAISO) market comprising customers in the SDG&E’s service territory. Later the Commission issued decision D.16-06-029 to extend the DRAM pilot into 2018 and 2019. Any SDG&E customer, whether they receive commodity service from SDG&E or another Energy Service Provider, is eligible. Currently the DRAM program is in its second year and is offered by the selected third party aggregators (listed below) for delivery starting in the whole year of 2017.
SDG&E Electric Rule 32 governs how SDG&E interacts with third party Demand Response Providers (DRPs). The Commission, in D.15-03-042, followed by D. 16-06-008, authorized SDG&E to put into place certain processes and systems to facilitate third party DRPs' ability to bid demand response resources into the CAISO wholesale market through Proxy Demand Resources (PDRs) and Reliability Demand Response Resources (RDRRs). The DRAM program is subject to the provisions of Rule 32 which establishes certain processes, time frames and volume limits, plus any additional limitations authorized by the Commission. Currently with the implementation, the Commission has approved SDG&E’s limitation up to 30,000 customer market registrations for DRAM.
How to participate
- Choose a service provider from this list.
Company Name / Address
Contact / Email
Customer Groups Served
AutoGrid Systems Inc.
255 Shoreline Drive, Suite 350
Redwood City, CA 94065
525 S Hewitt Street
Los Angeles, CA 90013
Earth Networks, Inc.
12410 Milestone Center Drive, Suite 300, Germantown, MD 20876
NRG Curtailment Solutions, Inc.
4455 Genesee Street, Buffalo, NY 14225
350 Townsend St. Suite 320
San Francisco, CA 94107
100 Rollins Road
Millbrae, CA 94030
Contact the service provider of your choice and they will describe their offering and the enrolment processes and help you fill out the required forms
To learn more about DRAM please contact a service provider from the list above.
SDG&E has conducted DRAM webinar conferences for interested DRPs and other interested parties.
The training material could be found under the Documents section.