Understanding Electric Rule 32

Under Electric Rule 32, customers receiving electricity from SDG&E can enroll in demand response programs offered by third-party Demand Response Providers (DRPs). Demand response programs provide you with incentives to reduce your electricity use during times of peak demand.

Rule 32

Rule 32 allows third-party DRPs to solicit SDG&E customers to participate in their demand response programs and to  "bid" the electricity reduction into the wholesale electricity market administered by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO). The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved Electric Rule 32 with the goal of promoting demand response participation in CAISO markets.

Where to direct your questions

Third-party DRP entities are responsible for managing their demand response programs, not SDG&E.  Questions about demand response programs or services offered by third-party DRPs should be directed to them. If you aren't sure which DRP to contact, please use the Demand Response Provider list on the CPUC’s website to locate your DRP.   

Authorizing a DRP to access your electricity data

To participate in third-party DRP programs, you'll need  to allow them access to your personal electricity data.  SDG&E cannot provide this information to them without your approval.  To release your data to the third-party DRP, contact them  and they can help you through this process. 

To allow us to release your electric usage data, the DRP may have you fill out a  CISR-DRP  Form This can be submitted electronically to [email protected].

What if I change my mind and want to stop sharing data?

If you wish to revoke your authorization for data sharing with a DRP, you can do so by visiting the DRP's website or filling out the CISR-DRP Form and selecting "revoke".  Then submitting it to  [email protected].

SDG&E's role

SDG&E’s role in implementing Rule 32 includes the following activities:

  • Processing and validating authorization requests to release customer data usage via the online process or the CISR-DRP Form.  Once approved, we'll then  release your electric usage  data to your designated DRP.
  • Checking whether a customer is already participating in an SDG&E demand response program. Under Rule 32, customers are not allowed to participate in an SDG&E demand response program and a third-party DRP program at the same time.
  • Reprogramming your meter, if necessary, to reflect a shorter interval length so that the third-party DRP can include your service account in its wholesale electric market product.

Third-party entities that wish to become a DRP must register with SDG&E in compliance with Rule 32.  Third-party DRPs are required to pass connectivity testing to make sure customer data is secure when transferring from SDG&E to the DRP. 

To begin the process, please contact us at [email protected].

After you have registered with SDG&E, you must also register with the CPUC and CAISO in compliance with regulatory requirements. Click here to learn more.

Once you’ve registered with SDG&E, the CPUC and CAISO you’re required to provide the unique CPUC and/or CAISO IDs to SDG&E at [email protected]. Failure to do so could result in delays in the registration process.