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Demand Response Programs

When your eligible business participates in a Demand Response Program, you don’t just save money, you make a difference. Whether you’re a commercial, agricultural, or industrial or even a residential customer, there are a variety of Demand Response (DR) programs available that can help you save energy and money. By reducing your energy consumption during hours of peak demand, you relieve stress on the grid, the environment, and your bottom line. For additional opportunities to reduce energy costs, you may enroll in more than one demand response program at a time. For details, see the Demand Response Dual Enrollment Options (PDF) chart.

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Summer of Savings

Energy demand hits its peak during the warmest months. Through the Critical Peak Pricing (CPP), get rewarded for voluntarily reducing electricity consumption or for shifting usage to off-peak hours during event days. Or, save with our Commercial Summer Discount Plan which automatically cycles your air conditioner on and off during periods of peak demand.

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Bid on Savings

Want more control over when and how much you reduce your demand? Sign up for our Capacity Bidding Program. You’ll have the flexibility to place or change bids regularly for how much energy you can reduce when a demand response event is called so you can plan ahead and save.

Agricultural and Pumping Interruptible Program

Willing to let us temporarily suspend electricity to your pumping equipment during periods of critical demand? We’ll reward you for helping ease stress on the grid with bill credits to benefit your bottom line.

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How It Works

If you participate in this program, a control device will be installed either near your meter or your pumping equipment to control the total load served. When the grid is experiencing critical demand, the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) notifies us that energy use needs to be reduced. We’ll then transmit a signal to the device that will automatically turn off electricity until critical demand—or the occasional test—has ended. You may need to manually reset your circuit breaker or pump controller to restart.

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Click here to apply If you need assistance contact your SCE Account Representative or call the Agricultural and Pumping Interruptible Help desk at (866) 334-7827.

For the complete terms and conditions for the Agricultural and Pumping Interruptible Program, see our Tariff sheet

Automated Demand Response

Your business can enjoy savings and flexibility through the Automated Demand Response (Auto-DR) program. By installing technologies that automatically reduce energy usage during demand response events, you will not only qualify for technology incentives, you may also start seeing bill savings.  

To learn more and find out how you can apply to participate in the Auto-DR program, please visit our Automated Demand Response page.

Time-of-Use Base Interruptible Program

If your business has some operational flexibility, enrolling in the Time-of-Use Base Interruptible Program (Schedule TOU-BIP) could earn you valuable bill credits for reducing your energy use during a system reliability event.

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How It Works

You choose how much energy you need to stay up and running, and we’ll provide advance notice according to your preference. You will need to supply and monitor a dedicated telephone line to enable us to notify you when an event occurs and a service interruption is coming.

Events are limited to 1 per day, 10 per calendar month, up to 6 hours each for a maximum of 180 hours a calendar year. Depending on your level of energy reduction, we’ll reward you with bill credits. However, once you commit to this program you are also subject to excess energy charges for failing to reduce energy during events.

Download the BIP Reference Sheet to boost your participation in BIP events.

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Click here to apply  If you need assistance contact your SCE Account Representative, or call the Demand Response Help desk at (866) 334-7827.


For more information on TOU-BIP program, view our Tariff Sheet and Program Guidelines.

Capacity Bidding Program

Through this internet-based program, your business can earn payments for agreeing to reduce your energy use during Capacity Bidding Program (CBP) events, which helps ease stress on the electrical grid when resources become constrained.

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How It Works

Your business can participate by making monthly nominations (also known as “bids”), to reduce your energy load and be compensated with payments based on your actual energy reduction when a Capacity Bidding Program event is called. This program is designed to offer you the flexibility to adjust your bid and your participation preferences every month.  You may select to be notified the day before an event or on the day of the event.  You’ll never be required to reduce your load more than 30 hours in any month.

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Select a CBP Aggregator or learn how to become an aggregator for your own service accounts. For more information, contact your SCE Account Manager or call the Demand Response Help Desk at 1-866-334-7827. For complete terms and conditions for the Capacity Bidding Program, see our Tariff.

Critical Peak Pricing

You will earn bill credits on your electricity bills from June through September that can significantly lower your annual costs. You will benefit on this rate if you able to reduce your energy use during CPP events. Your energy usage during CPP Event Days will be charged at a higher rate for the duration of the events, as outlined in the tariff. SCE may, at its discretion, call a CPP Event any non-holiday weekday, and there will be 12 CPP Events per calendar year. CPP Events will be called based on any one of the following criteria:

  • California Independent System Operator (CAISO) Alert or Warning Notice
  • Forecasts of SCE system emergencies – may be declared at the generation, transmission, or distribution circuit level
  • Forecasts of extreme or unusual temperature conditions impacting system demand
  • Day-ahead load and/or price forecasts

View our CPP fact sheets to learn more: customers with a monthly demand of 200kW or less or customers with a monthly demand of 200kW or more.

 

Success Stories

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For more information, contact your SCE Account Representative or call the Demand Response Help desk at (866) 334-7827.
For the complete terms and conditions for Summer Advantage Incentive, see our Tariff sheet.

Optional Binding Mandatory Curtailment

If your business can commit to reducing energy use by 15% on your entire circuit during every rotating outage, you may be eligible for rotating outage exemption through the Optional Binding Mandatory Curtailment Program.

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To participate and file a plan, contact your SCE Account Representative or call the Demand Response Help desk at (866) 334-7827.

For the complete terms and conditions for the Optional Binding Mandatory Curtailment Program, see our Tariff sheet.

Real-Time Pricing

If your business has flexibility around its operations schedule, you may want to consider the Real-Time Pricing rate schedule. This rate is beneficial if you can reduce energy usage during hours with higher temperature-driven prices, and/or shift usage to lower priced hours.  

How It Works

With the exception of holidays, prices under this rate are set according to season, temperature and time of day. Temperature-based rates are determined by the previous day’s high temperatures in downtown Los Angeles as recorded by the National Weather Service. You can sign up for RTP courtesy alert notifications so your business can plan its energy use and shift it accordingly to maximize savings.

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To get started, contact your SCE Account Representative or call the Demand Response Help desk at (866) 334-7827.

View our Real-Time Pricing FAQ for more information, or for the complete terms and conditions, see our Tariff sheets:

Scheduled Load Reduction Program

If you are a large business or industrial customer with the flexibility to reduce load for a few hours between 8:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. (Monday through Friday, excluding holidays) in the summer months, this program could benefit your bottom line.

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How It Works

When you participate in the Scheduled Load Reduction Program, you choose the timing of your load reduction from 3 options: 8 a.m. – 12:00 noon, 12:00 noon – 4 p.m., or 4 – 8 p.m. during summer weekdays, excluding holidays. You’ll receive credits on your bill for reducing your usage compared to the previous year, based on your program commitment.

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To get started, contact your SCE Account Representative or call the Demand Response Help desk at (866) 334-7827. 

For the complete terms and conditions for the Scheduled Load Reduction Program, see our Tariff sheet.

Pumping and Agricultural Real-Time Pricing

This program is designed to benefit your business if you have flexibility to shift or reduce energy usage to times when temperatures are lower. Real-Time Pricing sets rates according to season, time of day and temperature, so you’ll be able to significantly reduce your costs by irrigating and pumping during off-peak hours. Temperature monitoring is the key to achieving the benefits of this program.
 

How It Works

We set rates for this program according to time of year, time of day, and temperature data recorded the previous day in Downtown Los Angeles, as recorded by the National Weather Service.  Hourly prices tend to be highest during the hottest part of the day during the summer season (June 1 until October 1), while hourly prices tend to be lower during the winter season (October 1 until June 1).

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To get started, contact your SCE Account Representative or call the Demand Response Help desk at (800) 334-7827. 

For the complete terms and conditions for Pumping and Agricultural Real-Time Pricing, see our Tariff sheet.

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