Capacity Bidding Program (CBP)

Capacity Bidding Program (CBP) is an aggregator managed program that operates with Day-Ahead and Day-Of options and runs May 1st thru October 31st, but is promoted year-round. There are numerous aggregators participating in CBP. The CBP program is open for new aggregators.

Each aggregator is responsible for designing their own demand response program as well as customer acquisition, marketing sales, retention, support and event notification tactics.

Program Overview

Program Option(s)

CBP offers the following two (2) options:

Day-Ahead Curtailment

  • Maximum of one event per day.
  • Not to exceed 30 hours per month.
  • Notified by 3:00 p.m. on the day before the operation day.      

Day-Of Curtailment

  • Maximum of one event per day.
  • Not to exceed 30 hours per month.
  • Notification on a day-of basis, with up to approximately three (3) hours’ notice prior to the start of the event.

Curtailment Level

Each aggregator has the option of submitting a monthly capacity nomination amount. This capacity nomination amount is fixed for their associated operating months.

The curtailment commitment level comes from their portfolio of customers.

Incentive Payment

The Capacity payment is a CPUC approved price that is listed in the CBP tariff.

The Capacity payment is what PG&E pays the aggregators monthly for their commitment.

Energy payment is what PG&E pays the aggregators for an event curtailment.

If no CBP Events were called during the operation month, then the monthly Energy payment is zero.

Aggregators then pay incentives to their customers based on their own agreement between aggregator and customer.

Non-Compliance Penalties

The aggregators are penalized if they fail to deliver their committed load reductions. The penalties vary based on the shortfall, with larger penalties for larger shortfalls. Aggregators determine compensation and/or penalties for their participating customers.

Event Information

Event Trigger

PG&E may trigger a Day-Ahead or Day-Of CBP Event for one or more Load Zones when:

  • PG&E procurement stack is expected to require the dispatch of electric generation facilities with heat rates of 15,000 BTU/kWh or greater.
  • PG&E receives a market award of dispatch instruction from the CAISO for Proxy Demand Response bid.
  • PG&E in its sole opinion, forecasts that generation resources or electric system capacity may not be adequate.
  • For forecasted temperature for a Load Zone exceeds the temperature threshold for the Load Zone.

Event Notification Time

Each aggregator offers different products depending on their contract. Products offered:

Day-Ahead and Day-Of Options

ProductMinimum Duration per EventMaximum Duration per EventMaximum Events Per Day Hours Per Operating MonthMaximum Events Per Day
1-4 Hour1 Hour4 Hours301
2-6 Hour2 Hours6 Hours301
4-8 Hour4 Hours8 Hours301

Event Frequency Limit

Maximum of 30 event hours per Operating month per product listed above. The program also allows for up to two test events per calendar year.

Curtailment Window

Weekday’s excluding holiday’s (11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.)


Program Eligibility

To participate in CBP, customers must meet the following criteria:

  • Have an Interval Meter (MV90 or SmartMeter™).
  • Be on a commercial, industrial, or agricultural rate schedule.
  • Be a Bundled, Direct Access (DA), Community Choice Aggregation (CCA), partial standby, Net metered, or Auto DR customer.

Program Non-Eligibility

Customers not eligible to participate in the CBP program:

  • Customers receiving electric power from WAPA or other 3rd parties that are not DA or CCA.
  • Customers that are full standby.
  • Customers on residential rate schedules.
  • Customers on NEMCCSF rate schedule.

Dual Participation Eligibility

  • CBP customers on the Day-Ahead product may also participate in PG&E’s E-OBMC program.
  • CBP customers on the Day-Of product may also participate in PG&E’s Peak Day Pricing (PDP), E-DBP or E-SLRP programs.

Load Criteria for CBP

No minimum demand load requirement.

Meter Requirements

Interval data recording meter (MV90 or SmartMeter™) is required for participation. For Bundled Service and CCA Service SA’s with a maximum demand of >200 kW or greater for three consecutive months in the past 12 billing months, PG&E will provide and install the metering and communication equipment at no cost to the customer. For customers whose maximum billed demand has not exceeded the requirements, the customer of aggregator may request to pay for the interval MV90 data recording meter.

Third-Party Aggregators

You may also enroll with a third-party aggregator directly. An aggregator is an entity appointed by a customer, to act on behalf of the customer with respect to all aspects of CBP, including receipt of notification of an event, receipt of incentive payments and payment of penalties.

Here is a list of PG&E-qualified aggregators:

CompanyAddressPhone NumberFax Number
Alternative Energy Resources, Inc. c/o Comverge, Inc.100 Pine St.
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
(510) 270-5959
(510) 360-9690
Constellation Energy350 South Grand Avenue
Suite 2370
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(714) 878-7102(714) 200-0878
EnergyConnect901 Campisi Way
Suite 260
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 370-33111-866-585-0478
Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.601 Van Ness Ave, Suite E132
San Francisco, CA 94102
Energy Logic, Inc.239 Route 28,
P.O. Box 204
Dennisport, MA 02639
(508) 398-0533(508) 394-7001
EnerNOC, Inc.275 Sacramento Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94111
(415) 343-9500(415) 227-1645
Negawatt Business Solutions410 Main St., 5th Floor, Buffalo, NY 142021-888-225-5011(716) 854-2672
NetPeak Energy, LLC2701 Larsen Road
Green Bay, WI 54303
(513) 265-2937
Resource Energy Management39138 Road 56
Dinuba, CA 93618
(559) 994-0162(559) 591-8896
Siemens Industry, Inc.9225 Bee Caves Road
Bldg. B, Suite 100
Austin, TX 78733
(512) 421-6259(512) 628-3081
THG Energy Solutions, LLC2448 E. 81st St., Ste. 950
Tulsa, OK 74137
Viridity Energy, Inc.16870 West Bernardo Drive
Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92127
(920) 574-8303

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