Automated Demand Response Workforce Development Project


Automated demand response (Auto-DR) is a critical tool for achieving electric grid stability and meeting California’s energy efficiency targets. To realize Auto-DR’s full potential, this program addressed workforce skills gaps by educating contractors and electricians and providing technical assistance to support Auto-DR deployment in small and medium businesses.

Funded by the California Energy Commission under the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC), the Center for Sustainable Energy (CSE) led a four-year training program to support the adoption and proper installation of Auto-DR technology statewide. The program also accelerated the installation of Auto-DR communications equipment by recruiting and enrolling 200 small and medium buildings (< 500 kilowatt peak demand) and public facilities in disadvantaged communities (DACs) into utility demand response incentive programs and provided technical assistance to contractors to promote proper installation.


Program at a Glance

Program Goals

Train 500 electricians from DACs on Auto-DR communications equipment and enroll 200 businesses and public facilities in DACs into Auto-DR programs

CSE's Role

Prime contractor


Key Partners

California Energy Commission, ASWB Engineering, Energy Solutions, California Labor Management Cooperation Committee, California Labor Federation, ICF International, Avery Energy Enterprises, UC Davis California Lighting Technology Center

State Policies Supported

California Energy Efficiency Building Goals (AB 758); Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act (SB 350); Title 24, Part 6

Impact Statement

Potential to advance energy efficiency careers, increase grid reliability, lower customer energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions