Base Interruptible Program (BIP)

The Base Interruptible Program (BIP) pays you an incentive to reduce your facility's load to or below a level that is pre-selected by you. This pre-selected level is called the Firm Service Level (FSL).

How It Works

BIP gives you 30 minutes advance notice, and pays you between $8.00/kW to $9.00/kW per month incentive. You will receive a monthly incentive payment even if no events are called. However, failure to reduce load down to or below your FSL during an event will result in a charge of $6.00/kWh for any energy use above the Firm Service Level. There is a maximum of one event per day and four hours per event. The Program will not exceed 10 events per month, or 180 hours per year. BIP may be called when CAISO has determined that a Stage 1 emergency is imminent, during a Stage 1, Stage 2 or Stage 3 emergency, during a transmission system contingency, or when needed based on forecasted system conditions.

The CAISO may request PG&E to operate all or part of the Program:

  1. When it has publicly issued a warning notice, and has determined that a Stage 1 emergency is imminent consistent with its operating procedure E-508B;
  2. During a CAISO Stage 1, Stage 2, or Stage 3 emergency;
  3. Based on its forecasted system conditions and operating procedures; or
  4. Based on PG&E's own system and local needs, not just CAISO needs.

Enroll Online

Enroll by submitting an application using PG&E's online enrollment system. You can also use this system to manage and track your application. Login/Enroll

Qualifying for BIP

To qualify for BIP you must meet all of the following requirements:

  • Currently be a bundled or direct access commercial, industrial, or agricultural customer.
  • Billed on an electric demand time-of-use rate schedule. Schedules AG-R and AG-V are not eligible.
  • Have an average monthly demand of at least 100 kW.
  • Be able to curtail at least 15 percent of your average monthly load or a minimum of 100 kW, whichever is greater.
  • Must have access to the Internet and an e-mail address.
  • Not currently participating in PG&E's Aggregator Managed Portfolio or Capacity Bidding Program.

Equipment Requirements

  • Your facility must have an electric interval meter that can be read remotely by PG&E.
  • If you are a bundled customer but do not have an electric interval meter that can be read remotely by PG&E, we will install one at no cost to you provided you meet the minimum program requirements and agree to remain in the program for at least one full year.
  • If you are a direct access customer but do not have an electric interval meter that can be read remotely by PG&E, please contact your electric service provider. For additional details, see BIP tariff (PDF, 156 KB).

Incentives

  • The monthly bill credit is based on your Potential Load Reduction (PLR). During summer months, the PLR is the difference between that month's average on-peak demand (on-peak kWh divided by the number of on-peak hours) and your pre-selected firm service level (FSL). During winter months, the PLR is the difference between that month's average partial-peak demand (partial-peak kWh divided by the number of partial-peak hours) and your pre-selected FSL. Your regular electric service bills will continue to be calculated each month based on your actual recorded monthly demands and energy usage.

Monthly incentives are determined as follows:

Potential Load ReductionMonthly Incentive
500 kW and below$8 per kW
501 kW to 1,000 kW$8.50 per kW
1,001 kW and above$9 per kW

You will be charged $6/kWh when you fail to reduce your load to, or below, your FSL during the entire duration of a curtailment request. Once enrolled, you may adjust your FSL or discontinue participation once each year during the month of November.

Directly enrolled customers may also elect to participate in PG&E's Under Frequency Relay (UFR) program. Customers participating in the UFR program will receive an additional monthly incentive of $0.67/kW. See the program tariff for additional details.

Third-Party Aggregators

A customer may enroll directly with Pacific Gas and Electric Company using the Online Enrollment System or with a third-party Aggregator: An Aggregator is an entity appointed by a customer to act on behalf of the customer with respect to all aspects of the program, including receipt of notices, receipt of incentive payments, and payment of penalties.

The current BIP Aggregators as shown below

CompanyAddressPhone NumberFax Number
Alternative Energy Resources, Inc.
c/o Comverge, Inc.
100 Pine St.
Suite 1250
San Francisco, CA 94111
(510) 270-5959(510) 360-9690
Blue Point Energy, LLC1190 Suncast Lane,
Suite 2
El Dorado Hills, CA 95762
(916) 939-8700(916) 939-8705
Constellation Energy350 South Grand Avenue
Suite 2370
Los Angeles, CA 90071
(714) 878-7102(714) 200-0878
EnergyConnect901 Campisi Way
Suite 260
Campbell, CA 95008
(408) 370-33111-866-858-0478
Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc.601 Van Ness Ave, Suite E132
San Francisco, CA 94102
1-877-327-00321-877-711-0506
EnerNOC, Inc.275 Sacramento Street
Suite 300
San Francisco, CA 94105
(415) 343-9500(415) 227-1645
Limeamps1 Blackfield Drive #166
Tiburon, CA 94920
(415) 789-1702(509) 278-1498
Mica-Tech, Inc.1000 Avenida Acaso
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 987-2310(805) 987-7050
North America Power Partners308 Harper Drive, Suite 320
Moorestown, NJ 08051
(856) 439-0800
1-888-476-7764
(856) 439-0801
Viridity Energy, Inc.16870 West Bernardo Drive
Suite 400, San Diego, CA 92127
(920) 574-8303

Dual Participation

Customers who participate in BIP may also be eligible for participation in additional PG&E Demand Response programs. For details review the Dual Participation fact sheet (PDF, 501 KB).

Additional Information

For more information about how your business can benefit from our demand response programs, contact your PG&E Account Representative or call PG&E at 1-800-468-4743.

Tariff Information

Please review the tariff (PDF, 156 KB). for this program carefully, as it contains additional details not provided here.

Contact Us

Contact your PG&E Customer Relationship Manager or PG&E’s Business Customer Service Center at
1-800-468-4743

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