DR & EE to become major smart grid players

+PG&E, Austin Energy Show off their programs

When temperatures soared into the high 90s last August, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issued an alert to encourage conservation efforts among homeowners and businesses. As the state's main overseer of California's electric grid, CAISO was concerned that record use of air conditions would threaten the state's energy supply.
Following up on the conservation request, Pacific Gas & Electric called its demand response programs into effect, asking its customers to reduce demand during peak afternoon hours. The call for action was a huge success. California residents and businesses reduced energy use by nearly 1,000 megawatts on the steamy afternoon of Aug. 2, helping to maintain grid reliability across the state.

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