According to the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) Energy Division’s CalFUSE proposal, growing concern about California’s power system reliability could be mitigated with a price signal based on real-time pricing (RTP). RTP, when linked to smart customer-owned technologies, can signal distributed energy resource (DER) owners and aggregators to provide demand flexibility by responding to rising market prices in a quick and cost-effective manner. In a recent Utility Dive article, Principal Dr. Sanem Sergici was quoted, noting that, while the framework is complex, CalFUSE is the “first step” toward “a future of dynamic pricing and automation.”

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