Demand Side Grid Support (DSGS)
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The California Energy Commission (CEC) Demand Side Grid Support (DSGS) Program is part of California’s Strategic Reliability Reserve, a suite of programs to alleviate tight energy supplies on the grid caused by heatwaves, wildfires, and other ongoing impacts of climate change. DSGS offers incentives to electric customers that provide load reduction and backup generation to support the state’s electrical grid during extreme events from May to October, reducing the risk of rotating power outages. The DSGS Program is open to eligible DSGS providers and participants and has three incentive structure options to choose from.
How DSGS Works
- DSGS providers (retail suppliers, Federal Power Marketing Administrations, and aggregators) register with the California Energy Commission (CEC)
- Customers enroll with DSGS providers (or directly with the CEC in limited circumstances) to participate
- DSGS providers report participation to the CEC
- Participants participate through one of the following Incentive Options:
- DSGS providers submit claims to CEC for administrative costs (Option 1) and incentives
- CEC validates claims and pays DSGS providers incentives and administrative costs
- DSGS providers pay incentives to their participants
Providers are entities that manage groups of participants in the DSGS Program. Eligible DSGS providers include:
- A retail supplier as defined in Public Utilities Code (PUC) Section 398.2
- A Federal Power Marketing Administration (FPMA)
- An aggregator of customers
For more information about DSGS provider responsibilities and additional requirements, reference the FAQ.
Participants are customers enrolled in DSGS through a provider, or in limited circumstances, directly with the CEC. Eligible DSGS participants include:
- A customer of a Publicly Owned Utility (POU) or a FPMA
- A customer of a Community Choice Aggregator (CCA), energy service provider, or electrical corporation AND
Additionally, participants are not eligible to enroll in DSGS and receive incentives if their load reduction resource is:
- Enrolled in the Emergency Load Reduction Program or Base Interruptible Program
- Receiving payment or accounting for the same reduction in use of electricity, including energy export, through any other utility, CCA, or state program
- A cogeneration facility with a power purchase agreement
Refer to the FAQ for additional eligibility requirements that apply to each Incentive Option. DSGS providers may include additional eligibility requirements for their participants.
Participants can enroll in DSGS through a Provider in any eligible option. Alternatively, non-residential participants can enroll directly with the CEC, but only under Incentive Option 1 and only if enrollment through the participant’s load serving entity (LSE) is not possible, such as if the LSE is not enrolled as a DSGS provider or is not offering DSGS Program participation for that type of customer or load reduction resource.