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by Jeff St. John
October 27, 2015

California’s Demand Response Auction Mechanism pilot -- one of the country’s biggest experiments in pricing the value of distributed energy resources for utilities and the grid -- officially got underway this week. Monday was the deadline for companies to submit bids, stating their price per unit of whatever combination of rooftop solar, energy storage, and demand-side management they believe they can muster.

Now comes the hard part -- figuring out what it’s all worth. DRAM is named after the Renewable Auction Mechanism (RAM) used for...