Empowering Proactive Consumers to Participate in Demand Response Programs


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Energy Commission (California Energy Commission)
Document Title
Empowering Proactive Consumers to Participate in Demand Response Programs
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This project will address the current technical, policy and businesses barriers for third-party demand response participation by developing and conducting experiments that test residential homeowners' level of interest in participating in direct market services and by identifying cost-effective approaches to providing load reduction information to system operators. The project team will test user acquisition, experiment with user yield, develop demand curves, and propose a solution to overcome telemetry barriers in residences, enabling participation in California System Operator ancillary services markets. The project will provide policymakers with data on consumer interest, enabling them to make data-driven decisions on policies surrounding third-party participation in energy markets.

Contact Information
David Hungerford
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-48
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 327-2341


Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Reasons for Exemption
15301 provides that projects which consist of the operation, repair, maintenance, permitting, leasing, licensing, or minor alteration of existing public or private structures, facilities, mechanical, equipment, or topographical features, and which involve negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination, are categorically exempt from the provisions of the California Environmental Quality Act. This project will distribute "Smart" thermostats and power strips to existing residential homes. Between 3000-5000 electric utility customers will be eligible to receive one of the two following types of equipment: 1) a WiFi enabled "smart" power strip. The "smart" thermostats will be installed either by a professional or by the homeowner, following the same protocols required by "regular" thermostats with the addition of a WiFi communication step, which involves enabling settings and entering passwords like setting up a wifi link for a mobile phone or computer. The "smart" power strips are "plug-and-play" and will be installed by the homeowner, which simply requires plugging in the device and connecting the device to the recipient's web-based energy management platform. The smart thermostats are approximately the size of a deck of cards are will be wall-mounted. The smart power strips are the size of a conventional power strip and are plugged in to standard wall outlet. Therefore, the project will not have a significant effect on the environment and falls within section 15301.

Disclaimer: The document was originally posted before CEQAnet had the capability to host attachments for the public. To obtain the original attachments for this document, please contact the lead agency at the contact information listed above. You may also contact the OPR via email at state.clearinghouse@opr.ca.gov or via phone at (916) 445-0613.

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