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Demand Response Clean-up

Residential and Nonresidential Demand Response

Measure Description

The objectives of this code change proposal are to clean up and clarify the existing demand response (DR) requirements so that all sections of the standards use consistent terminology and approach. The goals are to improve comprehension of and compliance with the requirements and to make it easier for occupants of compliant buildings to realize the economic benefits of their buildings’ DR capabilities by enrolling in utility DR programs.

The Statewide Utility Team will recommend improvements to the language in the Standards, the Appendices to the Standards, and the Compliance Manuals to:

  1. Improve the clarity of the code language without changing the stringency of the standards;
  2. Harmonize the demand responsive control requirements, including requirements related to the application of open or standards-based communications protocols;
  3. Clarify and improve the compliance and enforcement process; and
  4. Establish a foundation within the Title 24 Part 6 Standards, Appendices, Alternative Calculation Method Reference Manuals, and Compliance Manuals upon which additional measures that have benefits pertaining to load reshaping and ancillary services can be added in future code cycles.

The modifications will aim to align the terminology used in Title 24, Part 6 with terminology used by industry, model codes, utility programs, and other regulating bodies such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Independent System Operator. Revisions will also aim to provide sufficient detail on how to comply with the standards while maintaining the appropriate level of leeway to allow for continued market innovation and transformation.

Request for Feedback

The Statewide Utility Team encourages participation in the CASE Report development process through the submission of data—both primary sources and references to existing data. We are requesting data on areas such as energy savings, costs, market impacts, industry practices, barriers to code compliance, etc. from stakeholders. The data will inform the energy savings estimates, cost-effectiveness analysis, compliance and enforcement, and market impacts that will be presented in CASE Reports.

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California Statewide Utility Codes and Standards Program

This program is funded by California utility customers and administered by Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Gas Company, Sacramento Municipal District, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power in preparation for the California Energy Commission’s Codes and Standards Buildings Advocacy.