Save the Day Programs for Business

We offer various programs that can help your business save energy and money.   Check out our programs below.

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:  Up to 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 certain days, you can negotiate lower energy costs.  With BIP, you choose the level of electricity your business can reduce when asked.  It could lead to annual savings of up to $7,500. 

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

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With our Capacity Bidding Program, your business decides how much energy it can shed during special reduce energy days.  When we call for energy reduction, your  business responds and you receive incentive payments during the season.

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:  Maximum of 6 events per month, no more than 24 hours per month, No more than 3 consecutive days 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 is called. 

Get $50  for each Nest or ecobee thermostat signed up on  the program (limit 4).  

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

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Provides your business with incentives to purchase and install fully automated energy management systems at your facilities.  This can help you save money 365 days a year. 


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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 Critical Peak Pricing or Reduce Your Use day and save.   

To see what pricing plans your business qualifies for, visit

For more information on these pricing plan options , visit our pricing plan options for business page.


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


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. 

Provider Type:  Commercial

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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 energy


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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When a call for energy conservation is issued, it means that a Save the Day Event  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 (please refer to information on each program above to better understand the requirements).

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. 

When we call a  Save the Day Event there is a need for energy conservation just within our territory. Customers  who have volunteered to reduce or shift electricity use on certain days can receive financial incentives for meeting "program specific" Save the Day Event criteria.  If the criteria is not met, there are penalties.  

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's 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.