CalFlexHub is finalizing research plans and preparing for equipment installation for the summer demonstrations. The project team is developing the architecture for the price and GHG communication signal. TAC meetings have been held to solicit feedback on the performance and prioritization metrics.
CalFlexHub will develop and test a Load Management Standards Prototype (LMS-P) with the capability of communicating price, GHG and dispatch signals to up to 99 percent of California consumers. CalFlexHub will research 12 pre-selected, pre-commercial innovations to support the deployment of new, commercially-available, signal-responsive products, refrigeration equipment, air conditioners, water heaters, heat pumps, HVAC and thermostat controls, plug load control devices, battery storage and EV charging systems, and other end-use technologies in residential and commercial buildings. When fully commercialized, these systems will enable cost-effective control to support load-flexibility and provide a clear value proposition for customers, building owners, ratepayers, load serving entities, and grid operators.
California IOUs have about 4–6 GWh of shift DR potential (per event) at or below $200/yr/kWh, growing to up to 8 GWh by 2030. CalFlexHub hopes to reduce these first and operating costs to $100/yr/kWh for 10 GWh/event by 2025.
The annual carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emission saving using the electricity emission factor of 0.331 kg/kWh totals to about 0.6 million metric tons of CO2e per year by 2030 from shifting load to times of renewable energy.
Aiming to increase building peak load reduction from 1 GW to 4–6 GW by 2025, and 8–12 GW by 2030. Also will demonstrate capability to increase building stock shift capability from 100 MWh/event or day to 3 to 10 GWh/event or day.