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California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC) – The California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee, or "CAEECC," is a collaborative informal stakeholder committee authorized by California Public Utilities Commission ("CPUC") Decision 15-10-028 and led collaboratively by stakeholders. The Coordinating Committee ("CC") is made up of representatives from the Program Administrators (“PAs”), including PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, SoCal Gas, SoCalREN, BayREN, and Marin Clean Energy, the California Energy Commission ("CEC"), Workers’ Unions, the Natural Resources Defense Council ("NRDC"), the Office of Ratepayer Advocates ("ORA"), the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition ("LGSEC"), the Efficiency Council, consultants, trade groups, and local government representatives. The purpose of the CAEECC is to:

  • Facilitate an open and transparent process;
  • Review initial design and augmentation of efficiency Business Plans, Implementation Plans, and related items;
  • Seek to find efficiencies in various formal and informal processes;
  • Improve accessibility and transparency of energy efficiency activities; and
  • Provide a scheduled forum to discuss ideas and resolve differences.

The goals of the CAEECC are to:

  • Support high-quality efficiency programs that reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with state climate and energy efficiency goals while responding to customer needs and market dynamics;
  • Improve collaboration and communication among parties and with CPUC staff;
  • Reduce differences in positions through informal discussions, narrowing the issues that need to be addressed by the CPUC;
  • Increase speed of CPUC review of filings;
  • Improve accessibility and transparency of Business Plans, Implementation Plans, and related activities; and
  • Provide a scheduled forum to discuss ideas or to resolve differences.

(From http://www.caeecc.org/frequently-asked-questions Retrieved 11/15/16)


Demand Response (DR) - Demand response provides an opportunity for consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives. Demand response programs are being used by some electric system planners and operators as resource options for balancing supply and demand. Such programs can lower the cost of electricity in wholesale markets, and in turn, lead to lower retail rates. Methods of engaging customers in demand response efforts include offering time-based rates such as time-of-use pricing, critical peak pricing, variable peak pricing, real time pricing, and critical peak rebates. It also includes direct load control programs which provide the ability for power companies to cycle air conditioners and water heaters on and off during periods of peak demand in exchange for a financial incentive and lower electric bills.

The electric power industry considers demand response programs as an increasingly valuable resource option whose capabilities and potential impacts are expanded by grid modernization efforts. For example, sensors can perceive peak load problems and utilize automatic switching to divert or reduce power in strategic places, removing the chance of overload and the resulting power failure. Advanced metering infrastructure expands the range of time-based rate programs that can be offered to consumers. Smart customer systems such as in-home displays or home-area-networks can make it easier for consumers to change their behavior and reduce peak period consumption from information on their power consumption and costs. These programs also have the potential to help electricity providers save money through reductions in peak demand and the ability to defer construction of new power plants and power delivery systems, specifically those reserved for use during peak times.

(From http://energy.gov/oe/services/technology-development/smart-grid/demand-response Retrieved 11/15/16)


Integrated Distributed Energy Resources (IDER) - The Commission has sought to integrate demand side energy solutions and technologies through utility program offerings. The Distributed Energy Resources (DER) to be integrated are defined as distribution-connected distributed generation resources, energy efficiency, energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response technologies connected at the customer (distribution) level. They are interconnected and are active/reactive to one another. Decision (D.07-10-032) directs that utilities "Integrate customer demand-side programs, such as energy efficiency, self-generation, advanced metering, and demand response, in a coherent and efficient manner."

The integration of demand side programs and technologies is expected to achieve maximum savings while avoiding duplicative efforts and reduce transaction costs and customer confusion. In short, IDER is a strategy that seeks to provide comprehensive building energy management solutions via the integration of technologies, programs, and strategies to facilitate customer behavior changes that reduce load and grid inefficiencies.

Despite a long history of CPUC guidance, statewide IDER efforts have had limited success due to a number of factors identified in evaluation efforts. The current IDER Proceeding (R.14-10-003) seeks to address barriers and some of these learned lessons. The DER Action Plan seeks to align the Commission’s vision and actions to shape California’s distributed energy resources future.

(From http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/General.aspx?id=10710 and http://www.cpuc.ca.gov/uploadedFiles/CPUC_Public_Website/Content/About_Us/Organization/Commissioners/Michael_J._Picker/2016-09-26%20DER%20Action%20Plan%20FINAL3.pdf Retrieved 11/15/16)


Zero Net Energy (ZNE) – A ZNE building refers to a building with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is equal to the amount of energy generated for that building. The State of California utilizes a ZNE source definition which refers to a building producing as much energy as it consumes over the course of a year, when accounted for at the energy generation source. ZNE was introduced into state policies as a strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, conserve state energy resources, and lead the state by example. In May of 2016, Executive Order B-8-12, established targets for achieving ZNE in new and existing state buildings as follows, “All new state buildings and major renovations beginning design after 2025 shall be constructed as Zero Net Energy facilities with an interim target for 50 percent of new facilities beginning design after 2020 to be Zero Net Energy. State agencies shall also take measures toward achieving Zero Net Energy for 50 percent of the square footage of existing state-owned building area by 2025.”

(From https://www.calstate.edu/cpdc/ae/documents/ZNE-Definition-EO-B-18-12-20160519.pdf Retrieved 11/15/16)

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