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Advancing dynamic energy management

The California Load Flexibility Research and Development Hub (CalFlexHub) brings together a multidisciplinary team of experts from numerous sectors—including industry, utilities, academia, manufacturers, and non-profits—to identify, evaluate, develop, fund, and demonstrate promising pre-commercial energy efficiency and distributed energy resource technologies that are flexible, interoperable, and grid-integrated. 

 

Goals

  • Advance the capability of buildings to provide a flexible energy load for the State of California 
  • Identify, evaluate, develop, and demonstrate pre-commercial, load-flexible technologies

  • Standardize the signals used to communicate dynamic price and GHG information to these technologies

  • Achieve California’s Renewable Generation and Decarbonization Goals

Program Objectives

The CalFlexHub team seeks to achieve ambitious objectives:

  • Identify, develop, evaluate, demonstrate and deploy cost-effective, scalable, building load-flexible (LF) technologies that are consistent with building energy efficiency, appliance, and load management standards.

  • Create a portfolio of LF RDD&D technology projects across various building types and sizes including single-family-residential, multi-family, commercial buildings and integrated campuses.

  • Deploy LF technologies to demonstrate the ability for 99% of the state’s customers to receive the load management standards price and marginal GHG signals.

  • Deploy key technologies for disadvantaged and low-income communities to overcome financial and health burdens.

  • Identify ways to improve usability of technology solutions to increase ratepayer benefits.

  • Evaluate and demonstrate key technologies for disadvantaged and low-income communities to overcome financial and health burdens and develop plans to build capacity through innovation and targeted deployment of those technologies.

  • Leverage additional public and private funding to accelerate deployment of flexible technologies and strategies to the market.

  • Research and create a database of key performance metrics for 20–50 technology and strategy pathways and generate these metrics for 2025, 2030, and 2040.

  • Develop and deploy the CalFlexHub Solutions Center website and a clearinghouse to disseminate information, technology reports, and case studies to report on “what works,” sharing California and national R&D.

 

Investment Targets

Load Management Standards Prototype

Applied Research and Development

Technology Demonstration and Deployment

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Demand Flexibility

CalFlexHub seeks to accelerate the transition from static energy efficiency to dynamic energy management

Project Partners

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