Increasing Workforce Development Opportunities in Disadvantaged Communities through Automated Demand Response Communication Equipment Training

Communication Equipment Training Center

Providing comprehensive classroom and on-the-job training on the installation and maintenance of AutoDR communications equipment.

Project Overview

Recipient: Center for Sustainable Energy

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $4,476,189

Co-funded Amount: $16,165,080

Agreement Number: EPC-15-010

Project Term: 12/8/2015 - 3/31/2020

Project Status: Active

Recipient Location:  San Diego, CA

The Issue

Automated demand response (AutoDR) equipment and communications standards have evolved significantly over the past decade. However, these advances and standards have not been adequately translated into training programs to help facilitate the widespread deployment of AutoDR communication equipment. Lack of an adequately trained workforce could limit the benefits provided by demand response to electric customers and the larger grid.

Project Innovation

The project is recruiting workers from disadvantaged communities into apprenticeship programs at California Joint Apprentice Training Centers (JATCs), providing them with comprehensive classroom and on-the-job training on the installation and maintenance of AutoDR communications equipment. By addressing the acute skills gap by producing a workforce qualified to install and maintain cutting-edge AutoDR communications equipment, the project is enabling demand response to be deployed in the market at scale.

Project Benefits

The California Energy Code was updated in 2013 to require lighting systems in large buildings to be capable of receiving and automatically responding to at least one standards-based messaging protocol which enables demand response. This project is helping ensure a workforce that is trained in the proper installation and maintenance of AutoDR communications equipment exists to meet California Energy Code requirements for commercial buildings.

Lower Costs: Proper installation of AutoDR communications equipment will facilitate greater levels of demand response by reducing the transaction costs for participating customers.

Greater Reliability: Compared to manual response, properly installed AutoDR communications equipment increases customer response to utility or system operator messages about a demand response event.

Economic Development: Training on the proper installation and maintenance of AutoDR communications can provide increased employment opportunities for workers in disadvantaged communities.




Project Overview

Recipient: Center for Sustainable Energy

Program: EPIC

Award Amount: $4,476,189

Co-funded Amount: $16,165,080

Agreement Number: EPC-15-010

Project Term: 12/8/2015 - 3/31/2020

Project Status: Active

Recipient Location:  San Diego, CA

Project Team

CEC Project Manager: Molly O’Hagan

Recipient Contact: Lindsey Hawes

Match Partner(s): California LMCC IBEW-NECA

Subcontractor(s): Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory; Energy Solutions; Ridge and Associates; ICF International ; California Labor Federation; Regents of the University of California, Davis - California Lighting Technology Center; California LMCC IBEW-NECA; ASWB Engineering; Los Angeles County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee; Alameda County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee; Orange County Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust; Sacramento County Electrical JATC; Fresno JATC; San Mateo County Electrical JATC; Riverside – San Bernardino JATC; Retail Industry Leaders Association; James W. Davenport Instructional Design Company; Northern California Chapter, National Electrical Contractors Association, Inc. ; Redwood Empire JATC


 

 

For questions or additional information, please email RandDProjectinfo@energy.ca.gov

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