SDG&E Programs that Reward Your Business for Reducing Energy Use

We offer various programs that can help your business save energy and money. Reduce your energy use during peak grid days and enjoy lower pricing options and incentives. You’ll also be helping the power grid. It’s a win/win.

We install an AC Saver device on your HVAC unit and when conservation is needed, we activate the device to cycle your air.  You get an annual credit on your bill based on the amount cycled. 

Season: April - October
Lead Time: Notification through the cycling of the AC unit 
Activations:  80 hours per year, 24 hours per month, 3 consecutive days max, No less than 2 hours but no more than 4 consecutive hours per day
 

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If you can help the power grid on peak days, you can negotiate lower energy costs.  With our Base Interruptible program, you choose the level of electricity your business can reduce on peak grid days.  It could lead to annual savings of up to $7,500.  

Season: Year-round
Lead Time: 20 minutes before event starts
Activations:  120 hours max per year, 10 max per month, 4 hours per day

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With our Capacity Bidding Program, your business locks-in lower electric rates depending on how quickly you can respond to peak grid days.  Choose from four savings plans. 

Season: May - October
Lead Time for Day-Ahead Program: By 3:00 pm day prior to event
Lead Time for Day-Of Program:  2 hours prior to event
Activations:  No annual max per year, 24 hours per month, No limit per week, 1 event per day

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Your business gives us permission to adjust your thermostat remotely when a Critical Peak Pricing, Reduce Your Use or AC Saver (Day Ahead) day is called.

Season: Depends on your rate. Click “Learn More” for more information.
Lead Time: Afternoon before the event
Activations: 18 times per year (if on a CPP-D or TOU Plus rate). 80 hours per year (on the AC Saver Day Ahead Program).

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Business Pricing Options

Another way to reduce your costs is through our business pricing plans.  Lower your energy use during certain times of the day or when we activate a Reduce Your Use day and save.   For more information visit:

Large BusinessesCritical Peak Pricing (CPP-D)

Small/Medium Businesses:  Time of Use Pricing Plus (TOU Plus)

Electric Rule 32

Electric Rule 32 gives you the option to participate in demand response programs offered by third-party Demand Response Providers.   Learn more.

Third Party Demand Response Providers Under Rule 32

Ohmconnect

OhmConnect

Save energy. Get paid. Join OhmConnect’s free service to earn weekly payments for saving energy. Receive text or email notifications when it’s time to save, and connect smart devices to fully automate your OhmConnect experience.

Provider Type: Commercial/Residential

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Engie Storage

Engie Storage

Engie Storage (formerly Green Charge) operates intelligent battery energy storage systems to provide electricity bill reduction and demand response services for commercial, industrial, and public sector customers.

Provider Type: Commercial

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AutoGrid

AutoGrid

As a non-residential or residential customer, easily participate in demand response using your building system, smart thermostats, smart plugs, lighting, EVs, batteries, or any of your devices. Save energy and receive payments throughout the year with AutoGrid patented technology.

Provider Type: Commercial/Residential

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Stem energy

Stem

Stem’s unique artificial intelligence for energy storage, Athena™, delivers the benefits of DR without disruption by automatically responding to events and shifting energy use away from the most expensive times. As a member of Stem’s network—the world’s largest—achieve real-time energy optimization with guaranteed cost savings, rewards for grid support, and no capital outlay.

Provider Type: Commercial

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nrg

NRG Curtailment Solutions

The ultimate win-win energy solution, demand response programs benefit all energy users. NRG Curtailment Solutions will work your organization to recommend specific reduction strategies as well as provide real-time training and support so your facilities can maximize each program’s market benefits.

Provider Type: Commercial

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Demand Response FAQ

When a call for energy conservation is issued, it means that a Demand Response Event Day has been activated.  Depending on how much energy conservation is needed to stabilize the grid any, or all, of the programs may each call their own program Event day (please refer to the chart above to better understand the requirements for each program).

Flex Alerts are a statewide call for energy conservation and are issued by the California Independent System Operator (ISO). The ISO is a nonprofit, public benefit corporation that manages the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines that make up 80 percent of California’s and a small part of Nevada’s power grid. Flex Alerts can be triggered by heat waves, when power use outstrips electricity supply, unplanned power plant outages, or during fires that cause transmission line overloads, losses or limitations. Flex Alerts are posted on the ISO website, social media, sent by email and text to consumers who sign up for notifications, and the media is notified. 

A Demand Response Event Day is called by SDG&E and is a call for energy conservation by our customers who have volunteered to reduce or shift electricity use during peak periods in response to time-based rates. Customers can receive a financial incentive for meeting the “program specific” Event Day criteria. However, customers that don’t meet their “program specific” set criteria are penalized.

Make sure the right person at your business is signed up to receive notifications and alerts from SDG&E when event days occur. You can sign up for event notifications by logging into My Account and clicking on Alerts and Subscriptions. SDG&E’s home page also contains notifications indicating which Program Event Days have been activated.

Auto Demand Response is technology enabled equipment and controls that can help streamline energy management and allow businesses to participate in a Demand Response program automatically. If you’re looking for a program that specializes in Auto Demand Response check out our Technology Incentives Program.

Demand Response is a call for conservation by SDG&E and can provide financial incentives to those customers who volunteer) to reduce or shift electricity use during peak periods in response to time-based rates and can provide a financial incentive for doing so.