Peak Day Pricing is coming in November 2014, and Event Days may affect the cost of energy for your business. But PG&E is here to help. Simply scroll through this site and complete the activities along the way to get acquainted with Peak Day Pricing Event Days. That way you'll be prepared during times of higher energy demand.
Peak Day Pricing is being introduced to encourage energy conservation when demand is higher, as required by the California Public Utilities Commission. By reducing your energy use on Peak Day Pricing Event Days, when the power grid is under the most strain, you help keep California's energy supply reliable for everyone and you may even save money.
Customers who participate in Peak Day Pricing will experience between 9 and 15 Peak Day Pricing Event Days annually in addition to time-of-use pricing. On Event Days, a surcharge is added to your regular time-of-use rate during the peak period from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. In return, rates are discounted from May 1st through October 31st*. We'll notify you the day before an Event Day so you can prepare to Beat the Peak by conserving energy. Please be sure to update your notification preferences in My Energy so you don't miss any Event Day notices.
1) Select the day on the calendar that is most likely to be an Event Day
2) How many days before an Event Day will PG&E notify you of the event?
PG&E offers Bill Protection, which guarantees you won't pay more during your first year on Peak Day Pricing than you would have on your current time-of-use rate plan. You can also decide to opt out of Peak Day Pricing at any time.
After 12 months on the Peak Day Pricing rate plan, PG&E will automatically compare what you paid on Peak Day Pricing to what you would have paid on your current plan. If you paid more on Peak Day Pricing, you will receive a credit for the difference on your PG&E bill.
1) I can enroll in Peak Day Pricing risk free.
2) If I don't enroll in Peak Day Pricing when will businesses be automatically enrolled?
By participating in Peak Day Pricing, you'll receive discounted energy rates from May 1st through October 31st*. And when you conserve electricity during Peak Day Pricing Event Hours, you can save money on your overall electric bill.
1) How can your business prepare for Peak Day Pricing? Check all that apply.
Beginning in November 2014, Small and Medium Business customers will start to automatically transition to Peak Day Pricing. You can opt in early or opt out at any time if you decide it's not right for your business, by logging in to My Energy.
To help you decide if Peak Day Pricing is right for your business, you can access your custom rate comparison online at any time by visiting My Energy.
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We've made it easy to get started when you're ready to help keep California's energy supply running reliably and your energy bill as low as possible. Visit My Energy to enroll in Peak Day Pricing today. Enroll now.
You can start preparing your business for Peak Day Pricing by learning and implementing these energy-saving tips.
Create an action plan. Visit My Energy to view your current energy usage. Understanding when you use energy and how much you use can help you create a plan that is right for your business.
Turn off equipment when not in use.
Improve efficiency of your A/C unit by performing regular cleaning and maintenance. Even newer units can benefit from cleaning, since they operate at higher pressure and need unimpeded airflow to achieve maximum efficiency.
Keep windows and doors closed during hot afternoons. As an added bonus, turn off any air curtains between 2 p.m. and 6 p.m. on Event Days. With your doors closed, you won't miss them for a few hours.
Change your air filters regularly to keep your air cleaner, your electricity bills lower, and your HVAC equipment running longer. Change them monthly during the summer season and every three months during the rest of the year.
Adjust your thermostat up by a couple of degrees on Event Day afternoons. Many indoor spaces can comfortably be kept at 78°F for a few hours at a time.
If you have unoccupied spaces that are under separate temperature controls, try letting their temperatures climb all the way to 85° F. Your electricity bill will thank you.
Close the blinds and shade windows to block direct sunlight during peak hours and give your A/C a break.
Install shade plants and window films to reduce solar heating while also promoting a pleasant work environment.
Turn off unnecessary lights, such as unoccupied meeting rooms, storage rooms and supply closets.
Don't keep your refrigerator or freezer too cold. Recommended temperatures are 37-40°F for the fresh food compartment and 5° F for the freezer section.
Let your coworkers know when Event Days are scheduled and make a plan to conserve energy together.
Pre-charge electric vehicles and battery-operated equipment overnight, when electricity rates are lowest.
Replace incandescent light bulbs with ENERGY STAR® qualified LEDs whenever appropriate.
Install reduced-wattage linear fluorescent lamps to save on your energy costs while maintaining the same level of ambient lighting that you're used to.
Use free daylight to your advantage. Natural light costs nothing and may allow you to turn off or dim your lights during the day.
*Effective summer rates are lower after Peak Day Pricing credits have been applied, but effective rates are higher during Peak Day Pricing Event Hours.