In December 2014, the Commission issued D. 14-12-024 (PDF, 1.79 MB) which requires Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company and Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) (collectively, the IOUs) to design and implement Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) pilot programs in 2015 for 2016 capacity (DRAM I, or 2015 DRAM) and in 2016 for 2017 capacity (DRAM II, or 2017 DRAM). The 2016 DRAM launched on September 28, 2015, and the 2017 DRAM is expected to launch on March 3, 2016.

The 2017 DRAM is a pay-as-bid auction where PG&E is seeking monthly demand response (DR) system capacity, local capacity, and flexible capacity for January – December 2017. Sellers will bid aggregated demand response directly into the CAISO day-ahead energy market, and PG&E will acquire the capacity, but will have no claim on revenues the winning bidders may receive from the energy market. PG&E will reimburse certain scheduling coordinator related costs for winning bidders. The current Commission DR requirements to qualify for Resource Adequacy (RA) can be found in D.15-06-063 (PDF, 1.1 MB) and require the DR resource to offer into the CAISO energy market under the CAISO must-offer obligation for DR.

PG&E's target for the 2017 DRAM is 10MW of capacity.

The 2017 DRAM implementation proposal was filed on October 9, 2015 via PG&E Advice Letter 4719-E (PDF, 3.13 MB). This Advice Letter was later approved, with certain modifications, on January 28, 2016 in the Resolution E-4754. Modifications to DRAM contracts and related documents in compliance with Resolution E-4754 (PDF, 780 KB) were submitted on February 8, 2016, with Supplemental Advice Letter 4719-E-A (PDF, 2.44 MB) . Effective February 19, 2016, the CPUC approved Supplemental Advice Letter 4719-E-A through a Disposition Letter.

PG&E's expected schedule for the 2017 DRAM RFO




DRAM RFO Bidders' Webinar, 10 AM (PPT)


DRAM RFO offer package due by 1:00 PM (PPT)


PG&E notifies non-conforming Bidders (Request to "cure")


Bidder cure period ends


PG&E notifies bidders of selection and sends final PA for execution


Advice letter filing for executed PAs


Energy Division gives notice of approval or other action


2017 DRAM RFO Protocols and Documents

Power Advocate Registration Information and Instructions

All Bidders who are interested in submitting a bid package into PG&E's DRAM RFO will need to register with Power Advocate before submitting an offer into the RFO. To register at Power Advocate, click on the following link:

Only those bidders that have been accepted through the Power Advocate platform will be permitted to bid into this RFO. We encourage you to register now.

The following link provides instructions on how to use Power Advocate:
Power advocate instructions (PDF, 472 KB)

DRAM RFO Bidders' Webinar

The IOUs held a joint 2017 DRAM Bidders' Webinar at 10 am PPT on March 15, 2016. You may access the webcast using the following link:

Alternatively, a PDF of the 2017 DRAM Bidders' Webinar presentation is available here: 2017 DRAM Bidder's Presentation (PDF, 1.56 MB)

Bidders' Webinar frequently asked questions (PDF, 379 KB)

Scheduling coordinator request for information

As part of DRAM, the IOUs issued a Scheduling Coordinator (SC) Request for Information (RFI) from Scheduling Coordinators (SC) open to providing SC services to demand response aggregators. SC information received from this RFI is provided here: Scheduling Coordinator Request for Information Packets (PDF, 4.72 MB)

CAISO bidding information

DRAM Sellers providing RA to PG&E will need to register their proxy demand resources (PDR) and Reliability Demand Response Resources (RDRR) at the CAISO. An initial step of this process is to input customer location information into the CAISO demand response system. PG&E requires that Sellers obtain customer authority to access historical and ongoing customer specific information, which is needed for this CAISO registration process and for energy settlements.

Electric Rule 24 (PDF, 178 KB) (Rule 24) governs how PG&E interacts with third party demand response providers (DRPs), including DRAM Sellers. The Commission, in D.15-03-042 (PDF, 600 KB), authorized PG&E to put into place certain processes and systems to facilitate a third party DRP's ability to bid PDR and RDRR into the wholesale market. This Decision establishes process timeframes and volume limits which pertain to Rule 24 implementation.

Rule 24 requires that DRAM Sellers submit a Customer Information Service Request for Demand Response Providers (CISR-DRP form, or Form 79-1152) to PG&E, in order to obtain each PDR/RDRR customer's energy data.

The links below provide the steps necessary for DRAM Sellers to obtain customer data, the DRP Information Request Form, instructions on how to complete the CISR-DRP form, and the CISR-DRP form.

How to Receive Customer Data Under Rule 24 - Workshop Materials. PG&E held an informational workshop to cover the processes required to submit and receive PG&E's customer data for Rule 24 and the Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) on December 2, 2015. Conference materials are provided below.

Other information

Frequently asked questions


Frequently asked questions (PDF, 150 KB)

Contact & registration information

For information or questions about PG&E's DRAM RFO please email: and the Independent Evaluator at


You may register to receive or unsubscribe from email notifications on PG&E's DRAM RFO using the following link: Registration Link.