Automated Demand Response Program

The Automated Demand Response Program (Auto-DR) utilizes communications technology to send businesses demand response signals and implement load reductions automatically through facility control systems.

How does it work?

Auto-DR conducts a thorough analysis of your site’s unique and ongoing energy needs. SDG&E and the facility energy manager identify demand reduction strategies, such as managing lighting and HVAC systems, in order to reduce or even eliminate electrical usage during times of high demand.

Customers are provided with funds to pre-program energy management and control systems. During times of high electricity demands or emergencies, SDG&E sends an automated signal to these systems which initiates a series of pre-programmed and pre-authorized demand reduction strategies via internet.

Demand Response events can occur during hot, peak-energy use days. The system monitors load reduction and generates a next-day report showing financial results as well as energy usage details.

Who Can Participate?

Auto-DR is open to all SDG&E business customers in the service territory with registered demands of 20 kW or more.

This registered demand of 20 kW is on one service account.

Each participating service account must have an interval meter.

How to Participate

  • Getting Started with Auto-DR

    SDG&E business customers may contact their SDG&E account representative or the Energy Information Center at 1-800-644-6133 to request technical assistance.

    This process involves:

    • Discussing your business' demand response potential
    • Scheduling a free preliminary assessment
    • Receiving a detailed Technical Audit
    • Completing registration forms that will help SDG&E staff schedule technical    assistance and reserve funds for technology incentives
    • Testing and verification that the DR equipment accomplishes the load reduction

    The preliminary assessment will be performed by an engineer who will determine whether a more in-depth technical audit of projected load reduction potential in your facility is recommended.

  • Reserve Incentive Funds for Your Business

    With TATI, you are able to reserve technology incentives prior to proceeding with the installation of qualifying technologies. To reserve incentive funds:

    • Request and complete a Technology Incentive Reservation Request
    • Send SDG&E your completed Application for Technology Incentive
    • Once your request is confirmed by SDG&E, the reservation will be in effect for 180 calendar days

    Once one or more qualifying demand-response technologies have been purchased and installed in your facility, you can apply to receive technology incentives.

    Upon availability of funding and Measurement and Verification (M&V) of your facility's dispatchable load reduction potential due to the installed qualifying technology, you will be reimbursed up to $300 per kilowatt of measured and verified load reduction.

    This amount will not exceed the actual reasonable cost of the purchase and installation of the qualifying technology.

    Technology incentives are available on a first-come, first-served basis until funding is depleted or the Program is terminated, whichever comes first.