System Relief Program

The Cheapest Power is the Power You Don't Use

Using less power pays off in multiple ways; lower bills for you and more stable costs for everyone since it reduces the need to build new power plants. Read below to learn how to earn additional rewards for using less power.

Reducing Peak Demand
You can receive an annual payment simply for committing to temporarily reduce your electric demand by a certain level of kilowatts (kW), no more than a few times per year. Residential and commercial customers work with third-parties, known as “aggregators,” that bring multiple businesses or residential customers together and commit to a certain kW reduction. You’d be asked in advance to reduce electric demand for a certain period of time, typically less than four hours. During such an event, you’d receive payment for your participation. Of course, reducing your electric use will also reduce your electric bill.

How Does it Work?
Like rush hour that strains our roads, overall energy use can reach a peak level that strains the electric system. It can become necessary to build additional capacity into the system or even new power plants – like adding lanes to a highway. As you can imagine, that’s very costly. It’s far more cost-effective to reduce the use of power than to produce more of it. On the roads, one way to reduce the strain is with carpooling. Our program pools together customers who agree to reduce their electric use – and reward them for doing so. While this offers a direct benefit to you, everyone wins because the end result is a more efficient electric system running as smoothly as a finely tuned car on the open road. 

How to Enroll
You can apply through an aggregator who will directly enroll and oversee multiple customers, or an individual customer who can pledge ≥ 50 kW of Load Relief. See a list of participating Load Aggregators.

Please review our Frequently Asked Questions for more information.