California Energy Commission enables community led power sector

January 21, 2022


The California Energy Commission took the key first step toward a customer-led power sector.

The shortcomings of current state-of-the-art demand response and time-of-use pricing approaches were made clear by recent outages in California and Texas.

  • Joint comments by CEL and collaborators

An article in California Current quotes the joint comments that Community Energy Labs, Dynamic Grid, Extensible Energy and Packetized Energy submitted to the California Energy Commission Load Management Rulemaking docket.


According to the CEC, the Market Informed Demand Automation Server (MIDAS) provides access to utilities’ time-varying rates, greenhouse gas emission signals, and California Independent System Operator (California ISO) FlexAlerts. When connected to flexible loads (appliances or programs), it can increase efficiency and support decarbonization efforts.

Community Energy Labs is a registered MIDAS database user since its limited release in 2021.  CEL is actively developing implementations that use the dynamic rates for automated building energy control - with potential to save on cost, carbon, energy and peak demand for commercial customers and the grid.

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