PG&E offers FastTrack and Customized technology incentives to nonresidential customers to cover up to 75% of the purchase and installation costs of Auto-DR equipment.

In addition, PG&E’s ADR Technical Team provides assistance for customers throughout the installation and enrollment process.

TECHNOLOGY INCENTIVE PROGRAMS

FASTTRACK

PG&E’s FastTrack Technology Incentive Program offers a streamlined application process for small and medium businesses. FastTrack customers receive 100 percent of the Auto-DR incentive after successful on-site verification of equipment installation and testing.

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Offices

Offices (under 100,000 sq. ft.) that use a maximum 100‒499

Retail stores

(approximately 15,000‒150,000 sq. ft.) that use a maximum up to 499 kW

 
 

PREAPPROVED DR STRATEGIES

Space Cooling

Increase thermostat temperature
Cycle off compressors
Cycle off fans along with compressors

Dim lighting

Dimmers reduce energy consumption of dimmable LEDs

 

CUSTOMIZED TECHNOLOGY INCENTIVES

The Customized Technology Incentive Program offers technology incentives to large commercial, agricultural and industrial customers. A program verification engineer will assess your facility’s total load reduction capability using interval meter data and compare this result with an established baseline. 

Incentive Payment: Participants receive 60 percent of the total program incentive after successful on-site verification of equipment installation and testing.

Performance Payment: After 12 months, participating facilities are eligible to receive up to 40 percent of their remaining program incentive based on performance during DR events in the first year.

DEMAND RESPONSE PROGRAMS

To qualify for FastTrack or Customized technology incentives, Auto-DR customers agree to enroll in an eligible PG&E Demand Response (DR) Program and to participate in DR events called by PG&E for at least 36 consecutive months.

PG&E offers five DR programs that are eligible to receive technology incentives in combination with Auto-DR. Most customers choose to enroll in the Peak Day Pricing Plan or enroll with a third-party aggregator to join the Capacity Bidding Program. PG&E also offers the option of dual participation, giving customers the opportunity to enroll in two demand response programs, receiving the benefits of both programs.

 

PEAK DAY PRICING (PDP)

CAPACITY BIDDING PROGRAM (CBP)

BENEFIT

Participants receive a discount on regular summer electricity rates (May 1–October 31) in exchange for higher prices during peak pricing event days

Participants receive a monthly incentive based on a predetermined load reduction amount made 5 days prior to the beginning of each month  

NOTIFICATION

Day ahead

Day ahead (notified by 3:00 p.m. the day before) or day of (approximately 3-hour notice prior to event start)

# OF EVENTS

9-15 event days per year (usually called on especially hot days)

Maximum of 1 event per day; not to exceed 30 hours per month

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS

Nonresidential customers

Customers must enroll with an aggregator (third party separate from the utility) to join the CBP