The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously agreed to measures aimed at increasing access to demand-response programs, including the wholesale market program run by the grid operator. \tWith no discussion, regulators Dec. 5 unanimously approved some requested changes to the program seeking to reduce energy load by non-residential customers, particularly at peak periods. \u201cA streamlined process will facilitate customer participation in demand response,\u201d states the revised rulemaking by administrative law judge Kelly Hymes. \tUnder the changes, businesses under the \u201ccritical peak pricing\u201d program\u2014giving kWh discounts for off-peak energy use in exchange for steep on-peak prices to curb energy use when demand is high\u2014can automatically switch to other demand-response programs, although notice is required. \tRegulators also agreed to add language as urged by demand response providers to reduce \u201canti-competitive behavior\u201d by utility staff, affiliates and contractors\u2014specifically limiting the sharing of information on demand response. The ruling notes that \u201ccompetitive neutrality is necessary to ensure a level playing field.\u201d \tIn related news, a dismayed commissioner Mark Ferron told his colleagues that the commission-approved effort to draw private capital investment into California\u2019s energy efficiency market pilot hit a major roadblock. Regulators agreed Sept. 19 to establish with the State Treasurer\u2019s California Alternative Energy & Advanced Transportation Financing Authority a \u201cstandardized open market state office\u201d to promote efficiency retrofits (Current, Sept. 19, 2013). \tFerron reported that financing to fund the Authority\u2019s work to concentrate market funding for efficiency was denied by a key joint legislative committee. \t\u201cWe are already way behind schedule,\u201d Ferron complained. \tHe added that efforts to get legislative approved funding to allow the office to come to fruition continue. \tRegulators previously authorized ratepayer funding of $75 million through 2014 for efficiency measures to existing buildings.