Demand Response for Your Business

Demand Response programs provide financial incentives to businesses that can conserve or shift energy use during times of high demand.

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Demand Response Programs 

When temperatures rise, there can be an increased demand for energy on the grid. Demand Response programs were therefore designed to help business customers manage electric demand in their communities.

When your business participates in a Demand Response program, you reduce stress on the energy grid — which can avoid power outages and maintain a reliable grid. You also benefit the environment by helping to defer or reduce the need to construct new power plants and transmission infrastructure. And the best part is that your business can receive financial incentives too.

Find a program that fits the needs of your business and sign up for a Demand Response program today. 


Demand Response Programs from SDG&E

Capacity Bidding Program
Capacity Bidding Program (CBP)

Receive a financial incentive if your business meets its goal to reduce energy use on days when conservation is needed.


Emergency Load Reduction
Emergency Load Reduction
Program (ELRP)

Earn a bill credit if your business can reduce energy use during a statewide grid emergency.


Sign up for a Demand Response program with SDG&E, or choose to participate with a third-party provider.


Demand Response Programs from Third-Party Providers

Under Electric Rule 32, you have the option to participate in Demand Response programs offered by third-party Demand Response providers.


CPower is a demand-side energy management service provider who creates value through financial rewards for the customer and reliability for the grid. They provide custom solutions that helps customers save on energy costs, earn revenue through energy curtailment, support grid reliability and achieve sustainability goals.  CPower has experience in serving customers across numerous industries including commercial, industrial, government, healthcare and education. 

Learn more about CPower


Leap offers partners with flexible load or batteries to provide their customers with incentives to automatically participate in events during the year.

Provider Type:  Commercial

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Save energy. Get paid. Join OhmConnect’s free service to earn weekly payments for saving energy. Receive text or email notifications when it’s time to save, and connect smart devices to fully automate your OhmConnect experience.

Provider Type: Commercial/Residential

Learn more about OhmConnect


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Stem’s unique artificial intelligence for energy storage, Athena™, delivers the benefits of DR without disruption by automatically responding to events and shifting energy use away from the most expensive times. As a member of Stem’s network — the world’s largest — achieve real-time energy optimization with guaranteed cost savings, rewards for grid support, and no capital outlay.

Provider Type: Commercial

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Tips to Save Energy This Season 

If your business participates in a Demand Response program, your business may be asked to reduce or shift your energy use on days of high energy demand. While exact details depend on the Demand Response program you choose, you can take steps now to prepare for event days when you need to conserve energy.

   ◦ As temperatures heat up, look for ways to keep cool while you also conserve energy. Find out how your business can prepare for high temperatures.

   ◦ Create a plan to reduce your use during an event day – and every day! Learn how to prepare your business for a Demand Response activation.

Know the Details of Your Pricing Plan

Your pricing plan impacts your bottom line. As summer temperatures rise, review your business' pricing plan to learn when to conserve energy. If your plan includes Critical Peak Pricing or Reduce Your Use event days, prepare for on-peak and event-day hours (4-9 p.m.) to reduce your energy use when an activation is called.

Review Your Plan

Make My Account Work for You

Sign into My Account to access easy-to-use tools that can help your business conserve energy and save money. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Reduce Your Use (RYU) or Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) Event Days may be called when there is a need for customers to reduce their energy use to help ease strain on the grid.

When an RYU or CPP event day is called, customers enrolled in one of these plans will be asked to conserve energy between 4 p.m. and 9 p.m. Customers who can meet “program-specific” criteria can receive financial incentives; however, if the criteria are not met, customers will be subject to significantly higher rates on these days.

Reduce Your Use Event Days affect business and residential customers enrolled in a Time-of-Use pricing plan with Reduce Your Use Event Days.

Critical Peak Pricing Event Days affect business customers enrolled in a Critical Peak pricing plan with Critical Peak Pricing Event Days.

Flex Alerts are statewide calls by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO) for voluntary energy conservation. A Flex Alert notifies SDG&E of preventable outages. Flex Alerts can be triggered during heat waves, when more energy is used to stay cool. Sign up to receive Flex Alert Notifications.

Review your contact information each season to confirm that the correct person at your business is signed up to receive notifications and alerts from SDG&E when event days occur. First sign into Click on your profile name at the top right-hand corner, and then select “Notification Settings.”

Under “Billing and Accounts” updates, select your communications preferences and which notifications that you would like your organization to receive. SDG&E’s home page also contains notifications indicating which program's event days have been activated.

Auto Demand Response uses technology-enabled equipment and controls that help streamline energy management and allow businesses to automatically participate in a Demand Response program. If you’re looking for a program that specializes in Auto Demand Response, check out the Technology Incentives Program.

Demand Response is a call for conservation, issued by SDG&E, that can provide financial incentives to customers who volunteer to reduce or shift energy use during high-demand periods in response to time-based rates.