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We’ve made some changes due to COVID-19, including suspending service disconnections for residential and small business customers for nonpayment, and only continuing critical work needed to protect public safety and reduce the risk of wildfires. Learn more here. If you have recently lost your job, even if you are receiving unemployment benefits, you may qualify for a reduced energy rate through our CARE or FERA programs. Learn more.

Critical Peak Pricing

Critical Peak Pricing Event
A Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) event has been called for businesses on Friday, July 10, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Monday, July 13, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. If you're enrolled in CPP, reduce your energy use to avoid high event day charges. View the Commercial Demand Response Events Status

Get to Know Critical Peak Pricing (CPP)

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CPP is the default option for small, medium, and large business customers (Rate Schedules TOU-GS-1, TOU-GS-2, TOU-GS-3, and TOU-8) as well as large Agricultural and Pumping (Rate Schedules TOU-PA-3) customers. CPP offers a discount on summer electricity rates in exchange for higher prices during 12 CPP event days per year called between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m., usually occurring on the hottest summer days. If your business reduces its electricity use when we notify you of CPP events, you can lower your overall costs during the summer season—when your bills are typically the highest.

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Save More with the Technology Incentive Program 

If you are enrolled in Critical Peak Pricing, you could get $75 back when you register your qualifying smart thermostat in the Technology Incentive Program

During a CPP event, we will notify your smart thermostat provider to temporarily adjust the temperature setting on your thermostat to limit A/C usage at your business. You will always have the ability to adjust the temperature during these events, but this could affect your CPP event charges.
 

Need to purchase a smart thermostat?

Visit the SCE Marketplace for valuable information about smart products, programs, and tools.

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Who is affected?

Businesses with service accounts on a TOU rate plan for at least 24 months and on any of the following eligible TOU rate plans will be annually defaulted to CPP:

  • Small, medium, and large businesses (Rate schedules TOU-GS-1, TOU-GS-2, TOU-GS-3, and TOU-8)
  • Agricultural and Pumping customers with service accounts over 200 kW (Rate Schedule TOU-PA-3)
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You can choose a rate without CPP at any time.

You can compare all your rate options below, but before you do, check out how CPP works. The program could actually lower your energy bill.

You’re safe with Bill Protection.

For the first 12 months, we’ll guarantee you won’t pay more than if you had never enrolled.

Learn More About Bill Protection >

 

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Here’s how CPP works:

1. If you’ve signed up for notifications, you’ll get a notification that we have announced a CPP event for the following day. You can receive your notification by your choice of phone call, text, or email. CPP events can occur year-round only on non-holiday weekdays.

2. The next day, during the CPP event, you should lower your usage between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. because you will be charged at a significantly higher rate than normal for all usage during these hours.

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Helpful Resources

Compare Rate Options

See how the new TOU peak periods will affect you. Our Rate Plan Comparison Tool will help you compare rates based on your actual usage.

Try the Rate Plan Comparison Tool >

Business Energy Advisor

Take a 5-minute survey about your facility and get customized recommendations for cost-effective, energy-efficient upgrades and strategies.

Get Started with Energy Advisor >

Get the Facts About CPP

Our helpful fact sheet summarizes the upcoming changes to CPP. Find answers to frequently asked questions and energy-efficiency tips.

Download the CPP Fact Sheet

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Tips to Reduce Energy Use During a CPP Event

Your business will not have to shut down operations to participate in CPP events. Instead, these tips can help reduce your energy usage during a CPP event.

  • Turn off all nonessential indoor/outdoor lighting, signage, window displays, fountains, and  office equipment not in use.
  • Raise cooling thermostat settings to 78°F with a programmable smart thermostat.
  • Install sensory controllers on vending machines to shut them down for short periods of time.
  • Reduce production during CPP events or reschedule during Off-Peak or Super Off-Peak hours (when CPP events will not occur).
  • Unplug battery chargers and use only precharged equipment during On-Peak hours; charge battery-operated equipment prior to CPP events.

See Energy Saving Solutions by Industry

A CPP Success Story

“We lowered our electric bill by enrolling in the Critical Peak Pricing program and reducing our energy usage during CPP event hours. We received $11,300 in incentives in 2014 and nearly $15,000 in 2015.”

Paola Bravo, President and Co-owner, S. Bravo Systems

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