What is Demand Response?

Our Demand Response programs offer incentives to businesses who reduce the energy use of their facilities during times of peak demand. Find out how your business can benefit and help alleviate the strain on California’s power supply.

Programs for small businesses

A SmartAC device will prevent summer energy supply emergencies from disrupting day-to-day activities as well as pay businesses reward checks. This program is currently not accepting new applications.

Home and Business Area Networking (HAN)
Home and Business Area Networking (HAN) is a wireless technology that allows customers to view their electricity consumption in near real-time, via their SmartMeter™.

Programs for medium to large businesses

Business Programs:

Peak Day Pricing
Save money while conserving energy during times of peak demand.

Base Interruptible Program
Incentives to reduce your businesses’ consumption to a level that you preselect.

Demand Bidding Program
Incentives to reduce consumption when we notify you of a Demand Response event day.

Scheduled Load Reduction Program
Get paid to reduce consumption to a previously agreed level. You also specify the time period and the days in advance.

Optional Binding Mandatory Curtailment Plan
Reduce the overall load of your facility and avoid rotating outages during high demand periods.

Aggregation related to PG&E programs:

Aggregator Managed Portfolio
A non-tariff program of bilateral contracts with aggregators to provide us with price-responsive Demand Response.

Capacity Bidding Program
A monthly incentive to reduce energy by a previously agreed amount once an electric-resource generation facility reaches a pre-determined level.

Enablement Incentives:

Automated Demand Response Incentive
Provides funds to help businesses pre-program energy management and control systems. These allow us to automatically initiate previously agreed load reduction strategies during times of high demand.

Permanent Load Shift
Provides financial incentives for installing equipment that facilitates permanent load shifting using thermal energy storage technologies.

Bidding into the CAISO market

Demand Response Auction Mechanism (DRAM) Pilot
Pilot in which PG&E acquires Resource Adequacy from 3rd party demand response providers and aggregators

Scheduling Coordinator Request for Information (RFI)
Information gathering from Scheduling Coordinators wishing to provide their services to DRAM participants.

Third Party Offers – Rule 24

Third Party Offers – Rule 24
A program by which third-party entities can solicit PG&E customers to participate in demand response (DR) programs administered by third party DR providers and then “bid in” the electricity reduction into the wholesale electricity market.


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