Demand Response: Are You Eligible?

Demand Response Eligibility 


Are you eligible for the Demand Response program? Find eligibility requirements below.

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In order to participate in Demand Response programs, you must be a non-residential customer within SCE’s service territory with an Edison SmartConnect® or other qualifying interval data meter to monitor your energy use. Be sure to choose the plan or plans that are right for your business. The list below includes general eligibility requirements. For detailed eligibility requirements please refer to the program fact sheets or Tariff Sheets Or contact your SCE Account Representative or our Demand Response Help desk at 1-866-334-7827.

If your business is billed under an Agricultural and Pumping rate schedule and uses a measured demand of at least 37 kilowatts or a connected load of at least 50 horsepower, you may be eligible for this program. Businesses with service under Option A of the TOU-PA tariff or receiving off-peak credits through Schedule PA-1 are not eligible. (Other exclusions apply. See the program Tariff Sheet for details).

Auto-DR participation is open to all business customers in SCE’s service territory. To participate in Auto-DR, you must:

  • Meet the minimum kW requirements of the eligible DR program(s) in which you are enrolled or will enroll in
  • Receive bundled or direct access electric service from SCE
  • Be billed on an SCE commercial, industrial, or agricultural rate schedule
  • Have an installed interval (IDR) or Edison SmartConnect® meter
  • Remain enrolled in a qualifying DR program for 36 or 60 consecutive months (depending on the program and payment option selected) if you have been paid a technology incentive

Auto-DR Express

Auto-DR Customized

For more information, view our Program Handbook.

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To be eligible to participate, your business must have a registered demand reaching or exceeding 200 kilowatts. You’ll need to choose a Firm Service Level (FSL) that reflects the amount of electricity you need to operate during a demand response event, and a participation option, which is the amount of time (15 or 30 minutes) you need to respond to each event. You’ll also need to commit to reducing your demand by at least 15% (and no less than 100 kilowatts) during each event. (See the program Tariff Sheet for details).

If you are a business of any size in SCE’s service territory, you are eligible for this program. You must have a working central air conditioning unit, receive adequate signal reception, take service under one of SCE’s qualifying Commercial & Industrial rates, and not be enrolled in the Capacity Bidding Program (CBP) or the Time of Use Base Interruptible Program (TOU-BIP).  If you are a tenant, you are responsible for determining whether approval of your property owner/manager is required for the installation and operation of the cycling device before submitting your application. A minimum one-year commitment is required.

Learn more about SDP for Residential.

Learn more about SDP for Businesses.

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If you are a customer who can actively reduce usage on hot summer days during the highest-priced hours, RTP may be beneficial for your business. With RTP, you have the flexibility to manage your load. Generally, the less electricity you use during hours when energy prices are highest, the less you can expect to pay, and the lower your energy costs. 

RTP pricing schedules are based on the season and the prior day’s temperature. There are seven different pricing schedules for RTP: three different pricing schedules during the summer season, two during the winter season, and two that apply on all weekends throughout the year.

RTP is open to all business sizes and industries.

You’ll need an interval meter—a meter that measures your electricity use in 15-minute increments—installed to participate.

If you’re a pumping or agricultural business customer on a bundled service, you’re eligible for the Pumping and Agricultural Real-Time Pricing (PA-RTP) rate. At least 70% of your electricity consumption must be for general agricultural purposes or general water/sewage pumping. (None of the remaining electrical usage can be for purposes that a domestic rate schedule would apply to.) In most cases, your maximum demand should not exceed 500 kilowatts per month (or has not done so for any three months during the previous year) to be eligible for this rate.

Learn more about rates for Pumping and Agriculture RTP.

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To qualify for Scheduled Load Reduction incentives, your business must have bundled service and an average monthly energy demand of 100 kilowatts per month. You also must commit to a load reduction of at least 15% based on your maximum demand over the previous 12 months, which also cannot have been less than 100 kilowatts. If you have service through an alternate provider (Direct Access) or are enrolled in a California Independent System Operator’s (CAISO) program, you are not eligible. Participation is limited and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

  • CPP is an optional rate that provides four months of summer season bill credits in exchange for paying higher electricity prices during 12 to 15 annual CPP events. 
  • When called, CPP events are from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. on any day of the week, usually occurring on the hottest summer days. By reducing electricity use during CPP events, you can minimize these higher prices. Plus, your business will earn credits on your electricity bills during the summer season when your bills are typically the highest.

For more information about CPP, go to sce.com/CPP

For the first 12 months, your business is enrolled at this rate, we provide bill protection—you won’t pay more than you would have paid on your previous rate Contact our Demand Response Help desk at 1-800-990-7788.

To learn more, visit www.sce.com/cpp or view the CPP fact sheet. 

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If your business is enrolled in Bundled Service, Direct Access, or Community Choice Aggregation, or is an aggregator of these customers, you are eligible to take advantage of the Capacity Bidding Program. You also must have Internet access and an SCE-approved communication interval metering system that records your usage in 15-minute intervals.

Learn more about the Capacity Bidding Program.

To be eligible to participate, non-residential (commercial, industrial, and agricultural) individual bundled-service customers 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. Dual participation in BIP, AP-I, SDP-C, CPP, and RTP is allowed. Customers are encouraged to review their historical summer energy demands to determine an achievable bid amount.

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If you can reduce load on your entire circuit by up to 15% (in increments of 5% during a rotating outage) you may be eligible for this rotating outage exemption program.