Energy Management

Peak Day Pricing (PDP) is a pricing plan that encourages customers to conserve energy when temperatures, market prices, capacity or grid reliability conditions exist, typically on hot summer afternoons. On this plan, participants will see additional charges during peak hours (weekdays from 2 – 6 p.m.) on a limited number of “Event Days” throughout the year. In exchange, they will receive credits (varies by tariff) for usage throughout the summer. Customers who can reduce their load during these high cost periods, or shift load from higher cost to lower cost periods, may benefit on this plan. Tariffs differ and not all customers receive credit for all usage.

To learn more about how PDP may impact your account, please roll over and click the icon, above, that represents your business type.

Why does PG&E offer Peak Day Pricing?

This pricing plan is part of a statewide initiative led by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to reduce peak energy demand, which:

– Helps to stabilize the energy grid, thus avoiding power interruptions

– Reduces power plant load capacity

– Reduces greenhouse gases as a result of energy use

By making this plan available to our customers, we aim to encourage and help customers to reduce their energy consumption during peak periods, and help them save on electricity costs.

Transitioning to Peak Day Pricing

For eligible accounts, PG&E will transition customers from their current pricing plan to PDP. Affected customers will be provided multiple notices in advance of their transition date, and all customers will be able to opt-out of PDP to another time-varying pricing plan or alternative demand response program.

Customers will automatically transition to PDP depending on business type and certain eligibility criteria. For your specific account to be eligible for transition, you must have 12 months with an interval meter (e.g. a SmartMeter™ device). Customers who participate in Direct Access or other Demand Response programs will not automatically transition to PDP. Net metered customers are not eligible for PDP. Additional exceptions apply.


energyMonitersNeed to really see where your electric power is going?

A measurement unit is installed at the breaker panel of your building. The monitor supplies data to the local internet router for access by other web-connected devices. Sensors are installed in branch circuit wiring to capture electrical measurements of power that is consumed or generated. This is an actual snapshot of one day’s power consumption (in red), and the power generated by a PV Solar System (in green).

Energy monitors are included with all standard solar installations.

circleOfEnergyManage energy use by appliances

Installation of our load management unit enable intelligent control of the energy consumption. Based on a variety of inputs, you can switch on/off to manage your power consumption. Units can be controlled manually, by software timers, or based on total load of the building.

Automated Notification Alerts

As conditions vary, automatic alerts can be sent by email or text message. Alerts report the device by name and power condition that triggered the notification.

Monitor and report temperature measurements

Energy use by appliances with our load management unit enables intelligent control of the energy consumption. A temperature measurement monitor is Wi-Fi based, with a built-in web server. The monitor supplies data to the local internet router for access by other web-connected devices. Sensors are installed to capture temperature measurements of refrigerators, freezers and ambient room temperatures.


Transition Schedule

High Demand customers

Monthly Demand ?200kW
Transition to PDP starts May 2010
E-19, E-20, A-10, E-37 rate schedules

Large Agricultural customers

Monthly Demand ?200kW
Transition to PDP starts February 2011

Small/Medium Agricultural customers

Monthly Demand up to 200kW
Transition to TOU starts March 2013

Small/Medium Business customers

Monthly Demand up to 200kW
Transition to PDP starts November 2012