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Emergency Load Reduction Program

Join us to help prevent power outages this summer.

The Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) is a five-year pilot program administered by PG&E that offers participants financial incentives to reduce energy usage during times of high grid stress and emergencies, with the goal of avoiding rotating outages while minimizing costs to customers. The Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP) was ordered by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) in rulemaking 20-11-003.

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 program:

  • Able to reduce load by at least 1 kW during an event
  • Not currently enrolled in any other demand response (DR) program with the exception of PG&E’s Base Interruptible Program (BIP)
  • May be on Peak Day Pricing rate plan, but only if the site can export a minimum of 25 kW

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 demand response provider (DRP) is eligible to enroll in the program. Please contact your aggregator or demand response provider (DRP) for information on the program. Note that if you are enrolled in Base Interruptible Program (BIP) through an aggregator, your aggregator has the first option to enroll you in the program. If they choose not to enroll in the program, you may independently enroll.

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 Emergency Load Reduction Program (ELRP).

To directly enroll in the program, click the Enroll Now button below and complete your enrollment application. Once your enrollment has been verified, you may be called upon to reduce your energy usage in response to a program event.

Events are triggered by the California Independent System Operator (CAISO), per the “Alert, Warning, Emergency (AWE)” process. Day-Ahead ELRP events are triggered by CAISO Alerts.  Day-Of ELRP events are triggered by CAISO Warnings and Emergencies. Only directly enrolled customers, Base Interruptible Program (BIP) aggregators, and Virtual Power Plants are eligible to participate in Day-Of events. For Day-Ahead events, participants will be notified by 5 p.m. the day before the event occurs. For Day-Of events, directly enrolled customers, Base Interruptible Program aggregators, and Virtual Power Plants will be notified shortly after a Warning or Emergency is declared by the CAISO. Note that Base Interruptible Program (BIP) participants are only eligible for compensation for events that overlap with Base Interruptible Program (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 event. Compensation at this rate is bounded between 50% to 200% of your predefined load reduction nomination (kW). Pending California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approval, nominations will not impact payments for customers enrolled in the Base Interruptible Program (BIP). For more information on nominations, refer to the Enrollment Questions section of the Customer FAQ.

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

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