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.

Earn bill credits by agreeing to reduce your use by a predefined amount

Season: Year-round
Lead Time: 20 minutes before event starts
Events Called:  120 hours max/year, 10 events max/month, 4 hours/day
Risk:  Penalized for excess energy use

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Incentives provided if you reduce energy use when requested the day ahead

Season: May - October
Lead Time: By 3:00 pm day prior to the event
Events Called:  No annual max/year, 24 hours/month, No limit/week, 1 event/day
Risk: Penalized for excess energy use

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Even greater incentives if you respond to a request issued the same day

Season: May - October
Lead Time: Two hours prior to the event
Events Called:  No annual max/year, 24 hours/month, No limit/week, 1 event/day
Risk: Penalized for excess energy use

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A Time-Of-Use rate with increased costs during reduce your use event periods

Season: Year-round
Lead Time: Afternoon before the event
Events Called:  18 max/year, No limit/month, 4 hours/day (2pm – 6pm)
Risk: A higher price for electricity during the event hours

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A Time-Of-Use rate with increased costs during critical event periods

Season: Year-round
Lead Time: Afternoon before the event
Events Called:  18 max/year, No limit/month, No limit/week, 4 hours/day (2pm – 6pm)
Risk: Excess energy billed at significantly higher prices

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Save money with HVAC presets set by SDG&E

Season: April - October
Lead Time: Notification through the cycling of the AC unit or through your smart thermostat 
Events Called:  80 hours/year, 24 hours/month, 3 consecutive days max, No less than 2 hours but no more than 4 consecutive hours/day
Risk: Compliance is automatic day of program

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Third Party Demand Response Providers

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.