ORA analyzes demand-side energy management and conservation programs such as Demand Response and Energy Efficiency, which are implemented by the utilities. ORA advocates on behalf of consumers with a particular focus on achieving the state's goals, cost-effectiveness, and reasonabless of proposed programs.
The CPUC evaluates the cost-effectiveness of Energy Efficiency and Demand Response portfolios and programs proposed by California’s investor owned utilities by comparing the actual costs of the program to the estimated benefits provided by the programs.
Demand response is a set of actions taken to reduce electric loads during times of local transmission emergencies or shortage of operating reserves, in order to avoid rotating black-outs.
The state uses several utility programs to decrease energy demand. DRA works to advocate for the most cost-effective, results-driven programs possible.