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