Get paid to automate your Demand Response (DR) program
Find out about Automated Demand Response (ADR)
Get answers to ADR frequently asked questions (FAQ), including eligibility, enrollment and the set-up process.
What is ADR?
ADR pays you a financial reward for installing energy management technology that allows you to perform demand response at your facility. After you install the electric controls, you receive automated event signals from PG&E. These signals initiate pre-programmed DR strategies on your site.
You can combine your financial reward with approved energy-efficiency rebates.
How does payment work?
Payment works in the following ways:
- Choose your technology category and receive the corresponding reward:
|Technology category||Rate ($ per kW)|
Automated Demand Response
Advanced technology HVAC/R
Advanced technology lighting
- Earn between $200 - $400 per kilowatt (kW) of DR load reduction using the technology you selected and installed.
- Receive 60% of the total savings after we verify your equipment installation and test your committed DR strategies.
- Receive the remaining 40% savings after you’ve been a DR participant for a full DR season. A full season may be up to 12 months after the first payment.
PLEASE NOTE: Financial rewards may not exceed 100% of your total project cost. This enabling technology incentive is administered by a third party.
Who qualifies for ADR?
To qualify for ADR, you must be a business customer who:
- Receives electric services from PG&E.
- Has a PG&E interval meter installed on-site.
- Has an existing utility service account with a least 12 months billing and usage history.
- Is enrolled in an eligible PG&E DR program, for example:
What are the benefits of ADR?
ADR pays you rewards, and provides technical assistance and energy-saving guidance. For example, ADR enables you to:
- Offset your project cost with installation and equipment programming at little or no cost to you.
- Get an approved estimate of your reward amount before you begin project installation.
- Receive technical help during equipment installation.
- Receive direct payment, or request that your payment be sent to a vendor or contractor.
- Shorten your payback time.
- Gain greater control over your current electric energy systems.
- Get help identifying load curtailment strategies.
What is the process?
Follow these steps:
- Contact the ADR Staff or PG&E Sales and Service representative to set up an assessment of your facility.
- Submit a Customer Information Authorization Form and Enrollment Form.
- Arrange a facility audit by ADR staff.
- Select ADR measures for installation.
- Apply for any applicable energy efficiency program rewards.
- Select and enroll in a DR Program.
- Get approval of your project.
- Purchase and install equipment.
- Notify the ADR Team of your installation so that they can verify completion.
- Receive your first installment payment.
- Participate in ongoing performance monitoring during the DR season.
- Receive your final project evaluation.
- Receive your second installment payment.