CALIFORNIA ISO

CAISO was created in 1998 when the State of California restructured its energy markets to make them more competitive. One of the largest ISO’s in the world, CAISO delivers more than 300 million megawatt-hours of electricity each year and manages roughly 80% of California’s electric flow.


California’s utilities maintain a mission to work with organizations in the energy industry, like CPower, to “strike the balance between achieving the California’s clean energy goals and maintaining reliability, efficiency and affordability.”

CPower helps organizations in California participate in three Demand Response Programs, through which demand side customers can offer bids that reflect their flexibility to adjust their load in response to market schedules and dispatches.

Demand Response Programs Offered in California

  • Capacity Bidding Program (CBP) is an aggregator managed program that operates with Day-Ahead and Day-Of options and runs year round in the SCE Territory and May 1 thru October 31 elsewhere. There are numerous aggregators participating in CBP. The CBP program is open for new aggregators. CBP is available in SCE, SDG&E and PG&E Service Territories.
    Click Here to learn more about the CBP program in California.
  • Aggregator Managed Portfolio (AMP) is an aggregator managed program that operates with a Day-Of option and runs May 1 through October 31. There are currently two aggregators participating in AMP for 2017. The AMP program is closed to new aggregators. AMP is only available in the SCE Service Territory.
    Click Here to learn more about the AMP program in SCE.
  • Base Interruptible Program (BIP) is intended to provide load reduction on PG&E’s system on a day-of basis when the utility issues a curtailment notice. Customers enrolled in the program will be required to reduce their load down to or below its Firm Service Level (FSL). BIP is only available in the PG&E Service Territory.

Each aggregator is responsible for designing their own demand response program as well as customer acquisition, marketing sales, retention, support and event notification tactics.

Find out which California demand response program should become part of your energy management strategy.

Contact CPower and set up a complimentary energy evaluation for your business, conducted
by our team of engineers and consultants.

Jennifer Chamberlin

Executive Director of Market Development & General Manager, CAISO
Click here to send Jennifer a message.
844-276-9371 Direct