Lower Your Business Energy Costs
Demand Response (DR) programs for business reward organizations for reducing or shifting their electricity use when demand for electricity is high, typically during the summer. Participation in one or more DR programs not only promotes business savings but also helps reduce strain on the electrical supply, while maintaining safe and reliable power for your business and the communities you serve.
Our Demand Response Programs for Business
We offer a variety of DR programs to fit the savings and operational needs of your business. Enroll your accounts in the program of your choice, then simply participate in DR events to start saving.
Agricultural and Pumping Interruptible (AP-I) Program
Receive monthly bill credits year-round for allowing us to temporarily interrupt electric service to your pumping equipment during AP-I events.
How It Works
A control device is installed near your meter or pumping equipment to control the total load served. When the grid is experiencing high demand, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) notifies us that energy use must be reduced. We then transmit a signal to the device that automatically turns off electricity until critical demand—or the occasional test—has ended.
Base Interruptible Program (BIP)
Recommended for businesses with operational flexibility, BIP rewards you with monthly bill credits year-round for reducing energy use during a BIP event, even when no interruptions occur.
How It Works
You choose how much energy you need to stay up and running and we’ll provide advance notice of an impending power interruption, according to your preference. When a BIP event is initiated, we notify your designated contacts via email, phone, and/or text (SMS) that a period of interruption has begun. Events are limited to 1 per day, 10 per calendar month, and up to 6 hours each for a maximum of 180 hours per calendar year. Depending on your level of energy reduction, you’ll receive bill credits as compensation.
Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP)
Earn bill credits for reducing energy use during ELRP events. The program is completely voluntary and there are no penalties if you do not participate.
How It Works
Your business submits a one-time kW-reduction bid at the time of enrollment. When the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) issues an alert, warning, or emergency, we notify participants of an impending ELRP event and the need for a power reduction. Notice of an ELRP event may be delivered the day before an event, or in the in case of emergency the same day a reduction is needed. Event hours are between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., any day of the week, including holidays, between May 1 and October 31 and last a minimum of one hour to a maximum of five hours. Participants earn $2 per kWh or $2,000 per MWh reduced during an event.
Why Participate in Demand Response?
The cleanest, most sustainable energy is the energy we never use. By reducing energy use during critical times you’re doing much more than saving money for your business. You’re helping to ensure that power stays on for everyone, particularly during emergencies, making a real difference for your employees and customers.
Additional Demand Response Programs for Businesses
How We Notify You
Our free Demand Response Alerts app ensures you’ll receive courtesy notifications about upcoming DR events straight to your smartphone. Visit our app-information page to sign up for alerts and never miss a savings opportunity.
Or download the free app directly.
You can also easily search past and current DR events with our online tool.
Demand Response Aggregators
The SCE Reference Guide for Demand Response Aggregators provides contact information and website links commonly used by aggregators participating in the following programs:
ACES (Aliso Canyon Energy Storage)
CBP (Capacity Bidding Program)
LCR (Local Capacity Requirements)
PRP (Preferred Resource Pilot)
Other Programs to Help You Save
The following third-parties also supply DR services to help you manage and lower business energy use.*
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Use of Circuit Breakers During DR Events
Since safety is SCE’s number one priority, SCE will never advise its customers to participate in Demand Response events by turning on and off electricity at their circuit breakers. Most residential circuit breakers are not designed to work as on/off switches during DR events, and improper and frequent use may lead to hazardous conditions or damage to your electronic equipment and appliances. SCE does not recommend this practice for Demand Response. If you do flip your circuit breaker on or off for any reason, SCE recommends you exercise the appropriate precautions, which include but are not limited to:
- Wearing and using protective gear to protect against arc flashing;
- Turning equipment off before turning the circuits back on to avoid damage or excessive wear;
- Checking with the panel manufacturer to confirm whether the panel is designed for this type of use; and
- Ensuring circuits do not support medical devices, smoke detectors, fire alarms, and other critical or safety-related equipment and devices.