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Emergency Load Reduction Program

Join us to help prevent power outages this summer.

The Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) offers financial incentives for participants to reduce their energy use during times of high grid stress and emergencies, with the goal of avoiding rotating outages while minimizing costs to customers. Participation in events is voluntary and there is no penalty for not participating. The ELRP is a five-year pilot program ordered by the CPUC in rulemaking 20-11-003 and administered by PG&E.

Are you eligible?

Non-residential (commercial, industrial, agricultural, and small and medium business) individual PG&E bundled-service customers, Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) Service customers, and Direct Access (DA) customers who meet the following criteria are eligible to enroll directly in the ELRP:

  • Able to reduce load by at least 1 kW during an ELRP event
  • Not currently enrolled in the Peak Day Pricing rate plan
  • Not currently enrolled in any other demand response (DR) program with the exception of PG&E’s Base Interruptible Program (BIP)

If you have enrolled with an aggregator in BIP or the Capacity Bidding Program (CBP); or, have enrolled with a third-party demand response provider (DRP), your aggregator or DRP is eligible to enroll in the ELRP. Please contact your aggregator or DRP for information on the ELRP. Note that if you are enrolled in BIP through an aggregator, your aggregator has the first option to enroll you in the ELRP. If they choose not to enroll in the ELRP, you may independently enroll.

Rule 21 Exporting DERs and Virtual Power Plants will be eligible to participate in the future.

How it works

If you are a business and can reduce load in time of emergency you can help prevent power outages this summer by participating in the ELRP.

To directly enroll in the ELRP, click the Enroll Now button below, or in the header of this page, and complete your enrollment application. Once your enrollment has been verified, you may be called upon to reduce your energy usage in response to an ELRP event.

ELRP events will be initially triggered by Day Ahead (DA) Alerts issued by the CAISO, per the “Alert, Warning, Emergency (AWE)” process. For day-ahead events, directly enrolled customers will be notified by 5 p.m. the day before the event occurs. There may also be day-of ELRP events in the future. Note that Base Interruptible Program (BIP) participants are only eligible for ELRP compensation for ELRP events that overlap with BIP events.

This program will run between May and October each year and events can occur any day of the week between 4-9 p.m. Events can last anywhere from 1 to 5 hours and may be called on consecutive days, dependent on grid conditions. You will not be asked to participate for more than 60 hours per year. Your participation in this program is entirely voluntary. There will be no financial penalties if you do not meet or if you exceed your load reduction nomination.

You will earn $1/kWh for load reduction during an ELRP event. Compensation at this rate is bounded between 50% to 200% of your predefined load reduction nomination (kW). Pending CPUC approval, nominations will not impact ELRP payments for small and medium businesses and customers enrolled in BIP. For more information on nominations, refer to the Enrollment Questions section of the Customer FAQ.

Customers directly enrolled in the ELRP will receive compensation in the form of a check. If you are participating in the ELRP through an aggregator (CBP & BIP) or a third-party DRP, please contact them for information on financial incentives for participating in the ELRP.

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