Demand Response for Your Business

High summer temperatures increase the demand for energy. To reduce strain on the electric grid, SDG&E offers a range of Demand Response programs that provide financial incentives to businesses that can conserve or shift energy use during times of high demand. By participating in a Demand Response program, you'll be supporting the grid and saving money too.

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Demand Response Programs

When your business participates in a Demand Response Program, you are helping to avoid power outages and maintaining a reliable power grid for all Californians. You’ll also benefit the environment by helping to defer or reduce the need to construct new power plants and transmission infrastructure. And the best part of it is that your business can be rewarded.

Find a program that fits the needs of your business, and sign up for a Demand Response Program today.


  • Demand Response Programs from SDG&E

SDG&E installs an AC Saver device on your air conditioning unit. When we call for the need to conserve energy, the device is activated to cycle your air. Then you get an annual bill credit based on the total amount of air cycled during the year.

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You earn a monthly bill credit if your business can reduce energy use on certain days that SDG&E calls for conservation. When your business participates in BIP, you could save up to $7,500 each year!

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Your business decides how much energy it can reduce on certain days when energy conservation is needed. If your business can successfully meet your energy conservation commitment, you’ll receive an incentive payment.

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SDG&E will reward you $50 when you purchase an approved smart thermostat and sign up for the Smart Thermostat program. This program discount can be applied to up to four thermostats per business. 

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Your business can receive a financial incentive to purchase and install a fully automated energy management system at your facility. With TIP, your business can save money on equipment and energy costs.

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Your business can earn a credit on your monthly energy bill when you reduce your energy use in the event of a grid emergency.

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Sign up for a Demand Response Program with SDG&E, or choose to participate with a third-party provider.

  • Demand Response Programs from Third-Party Providers

Under Electric Rule 32, you have the option to participate in Demand Response programs offered by third-party Demand Response Providers.


CPower is a demand-side energy management service provider who creates value through financial rewards for the customer and reliability for the grid. They provide custom solutions that helps customers save on energy costs, earn revenue through energy curtailment, support grid reliability and achieve sustainability goals.  CPower has experience in serving customers across numerous industries including commercial, industrial, government, healthcare and education. 

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Leap offers partners with flexible load or batteries to provide their customers with incentives to automatically participate in events during the year.

Provider Type:  Commercial

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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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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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Help Your Business Save Energy This Season 

On days of high energy demand, SDG&E may call for your business to reduce and shift your energy use. While exact details depend on the Demand Response program you choose, you can take steps now to prepare for event days when you need to conserve energy.

   ◦ As summer heats up, look for ways to keep cool while you also conserve energy. Find out how your business can prepare for summer.

   ◦ Create a plan to reduce your use during an event day – and every day! Learn how to prepare your business for a Demand Response activation.

Know the Details of Your Pricing Plan

Your pricing plan impacts your bottom line. As summer temperatures rise, review your business' pricing plan to learn when to conserve energy. If your plan includes event days, prepare for on-peak and event-day hours (4 - 9 p.m.) to reduce your energy use when an activation is called.

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Make MyAccount Work for You

Sign into My Account to access easy-to-use tools that can help your business conserve energy and save money. Click on your profile name at the top right-hand corner, and then select “Notification Settings.” You can opt in to receive notifications about bill alerts, power outages, gas leaks, or spending alerts. Review your contact information and choose how you prefer to receive notifications — by email, text or both email and text.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reduce Your Use (RYU) or Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) Event Days may be called when there is a need for customers to reduce their energy use to help ease strain on the grid.

When an RYU or CPP event day is called, customers enrolled in one of these plans will be asked to conserve energy between 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Customers who can meet “program-specific” criteria can receive financial incentives; however, if the criteria are not met, customers will be subject to significantly higher rates on these days.

Reduce Your Use Event Days affect business and residential customers enrolled in a Time-of-Use pricing plan with Reduce Your Use Event Days.

Critical Peak Pricing Event Days affect business customers enrolled in a Critical Peak pricing plan with Critical Peak Pricing Event Days.

Flex Alerts are statewide calls by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) for voluntary energy conservation. A Flex Alert notifies SDG&E of preventable outages. Flex Alerts can be triggered during heat waves, when more energy is used to stay cool. Sign up to receive Flex Alert Notifications.

Review your contact information each season to confirm that the correct person at your business is signed up to receive notifications and alerts from SDG&E when event days occur. First sign into Click on your profile name at the top right-hand corner, and then select “Notification Settings.”

Under “Billing and Accounts” updates, select your communications preferences and which notifications that you would like your organization to receive. SDG&E’s home page also contains notifications indicating which program's event days have been activated.

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

Demand Response is a call for conservation, issued by SDG&E, that can provide financial incentives to customers who volunteer to reduce or shift energy use during high-demand periods in response to time-based rates.