Support grid reliability and take advantage of financial incentives

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As California continues to navigate the increasing impacts of climate change—including extreme weather and increased demands on the electrical grid—PG&E's demand response programs can help businesses earn financial rewards, lower peak energy use, and maintain grid reliability for their communities.

How demand response benefits you:

  1. Earn financial benefits by enrolling in a demand response program. There are several demand response programs to choose from, which offer different incentive amounts.
  2. It's simple and straightforward to save once enrolled in a program. Reduce energy use during times of very high energy demand—for instance, on the hottest days of summer. These are known as "peak energy events"typically last 1 to 5 hours. Advance notice of events ranges from 30 minutes to one day ahead, depending on the program. Energy reduction can be achieved in many ways, like shutting down a machine, adjusting a thermostat setting, or turning down or turning off lighting.
  3. Smart technology makes participation easy and convenient. The latest technologies make it easy to control your equipment and systems. For example, smart thermostats, programmable lighting, and HVAC controls can automate how and where your energy is used. You can earn incentives for automating energy controls with the Automated Demand Response.

Five-part overview of demand response programs: 1. Customers sign up for a Demand Response Program that best aligns with their energy usage needs.­ 2. Peak energy events cause a surge in demand for electricity.­ 3. Demand response customers reduce energy consumption and earn financial benefits.­ 4. Overall energy consumption is reduced, putting less stress on the grid.­ 5. This leads to fewer power outages and has a positive environmental impact.

Choose the right plan for you

Factors such as the length of an event, seasonal availability, advance notification timeframe, and required rate plans should be considered, in addition to other factors specific to your business:

  • Your operational needs and requirements
  • The square footage of your building
  • Your energy usage patterns

To learn more about the demand response programs currently available and to find the program that is best for you, review our Demand Response Guide.