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Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP)

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Our Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) is a summer season Demand Response program that can lower your annual energy costs.

ELRP is a seven-year Demand Response (DR) pilot program (2021-2027) available to Southern California Edison (SCE) business customers. The program aims to reduce strain on the electrical grid by providing incentives (bill credits) to our business customers for reducing their business’s energy consumption during periods of high energy demand.

Non-residential (commercial, industrial, and agricultural) individual SCE bundled-service customers, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Service customers, and Direct Access customers are eligible to enroll directly in ELRP. Participants must be able to reduce load by a minimum of one kilowatt during an ELRP event, have an SCE-approved interval meter or SmartConnect™ meter that can measure energy consumption, at least hourly, and if applicable, can measure exported energy.

Conserve energy during summer season events.

The pilot program is ideal for businesses with the operational flexibility to reduce their energy consumption when ELRP DR events are called. Events occur only during the summer season between May 1 and October 31, and their scheduling is limited to:

  • between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m.
  • any day of the week (Sun - Sat), including holidays
Receive courtesy alerts so you can plan ahead.

ELRP DR events are called on a day-ahead or day-of basis after an Energy Emergency Alert (EEA) is issued by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), such as an EEA Warning, EEA-1, EEA-2, or EEA-3.

Sign up for courtesy alerts to help you plan for an event. Notifications may be sent via email and/or text at the time of enrollment. For added convenience, you may also download our free DR Alerts mobile app to have notifications delivered straight to your smartphone.1

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Back-up generators (BUG) not utilizing Prohibited Resources can be used during an ELRP event. Prohibited Resources can only be used during ELRP events when permitted by a Governor’s Executive Order. ELRP customers located in a DAC cannot use Prohibited Resources under the current program rules, unless specifically overridden by a Governor’s Executive Order. Under emergency situations, it is unclear what regulations, if any, may be lifted by a Governor’s Order to meet grid reliability needs. SCE will follow applicable CPUC and/or Governor orders.

How to get started.

To enroll in ELRP, simply visit elrp.sce.com. During enrollment you’ll be asked for the service account number you want to enroll, along with your energy reduction bid. Customers are encouraged to review their historical usage to determine an achievable bid amount.

Your business can benefit financially from participating.

To participate, your business will submit an energy reduction pledge, or bid. When an event is called, your business will earn $2 per kilowatt per hour (kWh) or $2,000 per megawatt per hour (MWh) of actual load reduction during an event, even if it’s less or more than your bid. And remember, there is no penalty if you are unable to participate in an event.

Load reduction is based on the difference between your energy baseline usage and your actual energy usage during an ELRP event. Visit our Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) FAQs to learn more about how bill credits are calculated.

It’s a win-win program. 

When your business consumes less energy, your energy costs are also reduced. When you successfully participate in an ELRP DR event, you can also earn ELRP incentives which, when applied to your account, further reduces your annual energy costs. It’s a win-win.

Maximize your incentives with dual participation.

In addition to ELRP, we offer several DR incentives programs in which you can also participate. Through dual participation, you have the opportunity to maximize your potential for incentives and give your bottom line a boost.3 For more information on dual participation, contact your SCE Account Manager directly or SCE’s third-party program administrator’s (Olivine) Help Desk at 1-833-227-2580.

Third-party aggregators—another option for DR participation.

Third parties provide additional DR services that can help you manage and lower your business energy use. By partnering directly with these aggregators, you will be in a group of customers that participate in a qualified DR program. You can be compensated by the Aggregator based upon the terms of your agreement with them. For a list of DR Aggregators, visit sce.com/drp.

For more information, please view our Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) FAQs. You may also contact your SCE Account Manager or SCE’s third- party program administrator’s (Olivine) Help Desk at 1-833-227-2580.

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1 SCE does not guarantee customer receipt of the event notification. SCE is not liable for service provider costs associated with event notifications to customer communication devices.

2 Directed by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in Decision (D.) 16-09-056. Prohibited resources include distributed generation technologies using diesel, natural gas, gasoline, propane, or liquefied petroleum gas, in topping cycle Combined Heat and Power (CHP) or non-CHP configuration.

3 When DR program event hours overlap, incentives are awarded for successful participation in one program at a time.

This fact sheet is meant to be an aid to understanding SCE’s programs. It does not replace the CPUC-approved ELRP Terms & Conditions.

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