Base Interruptible Program (BIP)
The Base Interruptible Program (BIP) pays you an incentive to reduce your facility's load to or below a level that is pre-selected by you. This pre-selected level is called the Firm Service Level (FSL).
BIP gives you 30 minutes advance notice, and pays you between $8.00/kW to $9.00/kW per month incentive. You will receive a monthly incentive payment even if no events are called. However, failure to reduce load down to or below your FSL during an event will result in a charge of $6.00/kWh for any energy use above the Firm Service Level. There is a maximum of one event per day and four hours per event. The Program will not exceed 10 events per month, or 180 hours per year. BIP may be called when CAISO has determined that a Stage 1 emergency is imminent, during a Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 emergency, during a transmission system contingency, or when needed based on forecasted system conditions.
The CAISO may request PG&E to operate all or part of the Program:
- When it has publicly issued a warning notice, and has determined that a Stage 1 emergency is imminent consistent with its operating procedure E-508B;
- During a CAISO Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 3 emergency;
- Based on its forecasted system conditions and operating procedures; or
- Based on PG&E's own system and local needs, not just CAISO needs.
Enroll by submitting an application using PG&E's online enrollment system. You can also use this system to manage and track your application. Login/Enroll
To qualify for BIP you must meet all of the following requirements:
- Currently be a bundled or direct access commercial, industrial, or agricultural customer.
- Billed on an electric demand time-of-use rate schedule. Schedules AG-R and AG-V are not eligible.
- Have an average monthly demand of at least 100 kW.
- Be able to curtail at least 15 percent of your average monthly load or a minimum of 100 kW, whichever is greater.
- Must have access to the Internet and an e-mail address.
- Not currently participating in PG&E's Aggregator Managed Portfolio or Capacity Bidding Program.
- Your facility must have an electric interval meter that can be read remotely by PG&E.
- If you are a bundled customer but do not have an electric interval meter that can be read remotely by PG&E, we will install one at no cost to you provided you meet the minimum program requirements and agree to remain in the program for at least one full year.
- If you are a direct access customer but do not have an electric interval meter that can be read remotely by PG&E, please contact your electric service provider. For additional details, see BIP tariff (PDF, 156 KB).
- The monthly bill credit is based on your Potential Load Reduction (PLR). During summer months, the PLR is the difference between that month's average on-peak demand (on-peak kWh divided by the number of on-peak hours) and your pre-selected firm service level (FSL). During winter months, the PLR is the difference between that month's average partial-peak demand (partial-peak kWh divided by the number of partial-peak hours) and your pre-selected FSL. Your regular electric service bills will continue to be calculated each month based on your actual recorded monthly demands and energy usage.
Monthly incentives are determined as follows:
|Potential Load Reduction||Monthly Incentive|
|500 kW and below||$8 per kW|
|501 kW to 1,000 kW||$8.50 per kW|
|1,001 kW and above||$9 per kW|
You will be charged $6/kWh when you fail to reduce your load to, or below, your FSL during the entire duration of a curtailment request. Once enrolled, you may adjust your FSL or discontinue participation once each year during the month of November.
Directly enrolled customers may also elect to participate in PG&E's Under Frequency Relay (UFR) program. Customers participating in the UFR program will receive an additional monthly incentive of $0.67/kW. See the program tariff for additional details.
A customer may enroll directly with Pacific Gas and Electric Company using the Online Enrollment System or with a third-party Aggregator: An Aggregator is an entity appointed by a customer to act on behalf of the customer with respect to all aspects of the program, including receipt of notices, receipt of incentive payments, and payment of penalties.
The current BIP Aggregators as shown below
|Company||Address||Phone Number||Fax Number|
|Alternative Energy Resources, Inc.|
c/o Comverge, Inc.
|100 Pine St.|
San Francisco, CA 94111
|(510) 270-5959||(510) 360-9690|
|Blue Point Energy, LLC||1190 Suncast Lane,|
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
|(916) 939-8700||(916) 939-8705|
|Constellation Energy||350 South Grand Avenue|
Los Angeles, CA 90071
|(714) 878-7102||(714) 200-0878|
|EnergyConnect||901 Campisi Way|
Campbell, CA 95008
|Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.||601 Van Ness Ave, Suite E132|
San Francisco, CA 94102
|EnerNOC, Inc.||275 Sacramento Street|
San Francisco, CA 94105
|(415) 343-9500||(415) 227-1645|
|Limeamps||1 Blackfield Drive #166|
Tiburon, CA 94920
|(415) 789-1702||(509) 278-1498|
|Mica-Tech, Inc.||1000 Avenida Acaso|
Camarillo, CA 93012
|(805) 987-2310||(805) 987-7050|
|North America Power Partners||308 Harper Drive, Suite 320|
Moorestown, NJ 08051
|Viridity Energy, Inc.||16870 West Bernardo Drive|
Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92127
Customers who participate in BIP may also be eligible for participation in additional PG&E Demand Response programs. For details review the Dual Participation fact sheet (PDF, 501 KB).
For more information about how your business can benefit from our demand response programs, contact your PG&E Account Representative or call PG&E at 1-800-468-4743.
Please review the tariff (PDF, 156 KB). for this program carefully, as it contains additional details not provided here.
Contact your PG&E Customer Relationship Manager or PG&E’s Business Customer Service Center at