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A demand response program administered by ECS for commercial and industrial electric users of PG&E, SCE and SDG&E.

Demand Response California

Notable Members

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About PowerPay! Program

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Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)

How Much Can you Make?

To get an estimate of your potential revenue from PowerPay!, enter your estimated reduction level below:

Enter kW Reduction

ECS’ PowerPay! Demand Response Program is unique in that it provides several types of payments to the participating business – with NO COST. The money only flows one way – from ECS to you, not vice versa. The types of payments are:

  • Base capacity payment – This is the largest payment and is paid for your standing by if and when a reduction event is called. You are essentially just like a power plant sitting by waiting to help the electric grid if and when it is needed
  • Energy Payment – You are paid for the energy (electric) you reduce during reduction events in the same manner as a power plant supplying electricity to the grid
  • Signing Bonus – You will receive a signing bonus payment directly from ECS once enrolled in the program. This is subject to deadlines, so please check with a PowerPay! representative for those deadlines
  • Performance Bonus – If you reduce your electricity and meet your commitment level, ECS will pay you a significant performance bonus
  • Displaced Energy Savings – You receive 100% of all savings achieved by not using your reduced electricity during the event hours, with ECS taking 0%

Payments are made by check or wire directly from ECS to your business. You can use the money as you wish – it is not merely a credit to your electric bill

What is Demand Response?

On rare occasions the electric grid experiences a high degree of stress (usually in extremely hot weather). In order to reduce the strain on the grid, demand response programs have been developed by utilities and grid operators.

Businesses enrolled in the demand response program PowerPay! for PG&E can earn tens of thousands of dollars annually while simultaneously benefiting their community and the electric grid. PowerPay! for PG&E is administered by Energy Curtailment Specialists, Inc. (ECS), who has had a direct contract with Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) since 2007.

Program Details


PowerPay! PG&E - Program Details

Maximum # of Hours You Can be Called to Reduce Per Year

Up to 80 hours can be called per season

Months / Times You May Be Called

May 1 – October 31
11:00AM to 7:00PM (PT)

Length of Reduction Event

4 hours minimum, 6 hours maximum per activation

Advance Notice of Event

ECS gives you a day-ahead notice, no later than 3:00PM (PT)

Other Particulars

This is a NO PENALTY program – if you don’t perform when called you are not penalized out-of-pocket
There are NO COSTS to participate in the program – the $$$ only flows one way (from ECS to you)
You may qualify for FREE advanced interval metering where you can view your electricity usage in real time

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Southern California Edison (SCE)

How Much Can you Make?

To get an estimate of your potential revenue from PowerPay!, enter your estimated reduction level below:

Enter kW Reduction

ECS’ PowerPay! Demand Response Program is unique in that it provides several types of payments to the participating business – with NO COST. The money only flows one way – from ECS to you, not vice versa. The types of payments are:

  • Base capacity payment – This is the largest payment and is paid for your standing by if and when a reduction event is called. You are essentially just like a power plant sitting by waiting to help the electric grid if and when it is needed
  • Energy Payment – You are paid for the energy (electric) you reduce during reduction events in the same manner as a power plant supplying electricity to the grid

  • Signing Bonus – You will receive a signing bonus payment directly from ECS once enrolled in the program. This is subject to deadlines, so please check with a PowerPay! representative for those deadlines

  • Performance Bonus – If you reduce your electricity and meet your commitment level, ECS will pay you a significant performance bonus

  • Displaced Energy Savings – You receive 100% of all savings achieved by not using your reduced electricity during the event hours, with ECS taking 0%

Payments are made by check or wire directly from ECS to your business. You can use the money as you wish – it is not merely a credit to your electric bill

What is Demand Response?

On rare occasions the electric grid experiences a high degree of stress (usually in extremely hot weather). In order to reduce the strain on the grid, demand response programs have been developed by utilities and grid operators.

Program Details


PowerPay! SCE - Program Details

Maximum # of Hours You Can be Called to Reduce Per Month/Year

Up to 100 hours can be called per year, with a maximum of 24 hours per month

Months / Times You May Be Called

January 1 – December 31
12:00PM to 5:00PM (PT)

Length of Reduction Event

A block of 4 consecutive hours

Advance Notice of Event

ECS gives you a day-ahead notice, no later than 3:00PM (PT)

Other Particulars

This is a NO PENALTY program – if you don’t perform when called you are not penalized out-of-pocket
There are NO COSTS to participate in the program – the $$$ only flows one way (from ECS to you)
You may qualify for FREE advanced interval metering where you can view your electricity usage in real time

San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)

How Much Can you Make? (Day Ahead Notification)

To get an estimate of your potential revenue from PowerPay!, enter your estimated reduction level below:

Enter kW Reduction

ECS’ PowerPay! Demand Response Program is unique in that it provides several types of payments to the participating business – with NO COST. The money only flows one way – from ECS to you, not vice versa. The types of payments are:

  • Base capacity payment – This is the largest payment and is paid for your standing by if and when a reduction event is called. You are essentially just like a power plant sitting by waiting to help the electric grid if and when it is needed
  • Energy Payment – You are paid for the energy (electric) you reduce during reduction events in the same manner as a power plant supplying electricity to the grid
  • Signing Bonus – You will receive a signing bonus payment directly from ECS once enrolled in the program. This is subject to deadlines, so please check with a PowerPay! representative for those deadlines
  • Performance Bonus – If you reduce your electricity and meet your commitment level, ECS will pay you a significant performance bonus
  • Displaced Energy Savings – You receive 100% of all savings achieved by not using your reduced electricity during the event hours, with ECS taking 0%

Payments are made by check or wire directly from ECS to your business. You can use the money as you wish – it is not merely a credit to your electric bill

What is Demand Response?

On rare occasions the electric grid experiences a high degree of stress (usually in extremely hot weather). In order to reduce the strain on the grid, demand response programs have been developed by utilities and grid operators.

Program Details (Day Ahead Notification)


PowerPay! SDG&E - Program Details (Day Ahead Notification)

Maximum # of Hours You Can be Called to Reduce Per Month/Year

Up to 144 hours can be called per year, with a maximum of 24 hours per month

Months / Times You May Be Called

May 1st - October 31st
11:00AM to 7:00PM (PT)

Length of Reduction Event

A block of 1 - 6 consecutive hours

Advance Notice of Event

ECS gives you a day-ahead notice, no later than 3:00PM (PT)

Other Particulars

This is a NO PENALTY program – if you don’t perform when called you are not penalized out-of-pocket
There are NO COSTS to participate in the program – the $$$ only flows one way (from ECS to you)
You may qualify for FREE advanced interval metering where you can view your electricity usage in real time

How Much Can you Make? (Day Of Notification)

To get an estimate of your potential revenue from PowerPay!, enter your estimated reduction level below:

Enter kW Reduction

ECS’ PowerPay! Demand Response Program is unique in that it provides several types of payments to the participating business – with NO COST. The money only flows one way – from ECS to you, not vice versa. The types of payments are:

  • Base capacity payment – This is the largest payment and is paid for your standing by if and when a reduction event is called. You are essentially just like a power plant sitting by waiting to help the electric grid if and when it is needed
  • Energy Payment – You are paid for the energy (electric) you reduce during reduction events in the same manner as a power plant supplying electricity to the grid
  • Signing Bonus – You will receive a signing bonus payment directly from ECS once enrolled in the program. This is subject to deadlines, so please check with a PowerPay! representative for those deadlines
  • Performance Bonus – If you reduce your electricity and meet your commitment level, ECS will pay you a significant performance bonus
  • Displaced Energy Savings – You receive 100% of all savings achieved by not using your reduced electricity during the event hours, with ECS taking 0%

Payments are made by check or wire directly from ECS to your business. You can use the money as you wish – it is not merely a credit to your electric bill

Program Details (Day Of Notification)


PowerPay! SDG&E - Program Details (Day Of Notification)

Maximum # of Hours You Can be Called to Reduce Per Month/Year

Up to 144 hours can be called per year, with a maximum of 24 hours per month

Months / Times You May Be Called

May 1st - October 31st
11:00AM to 7:00PM (PT)

Length of Reduction Event

A block of 1 - 4 consecutive hours

Advance Notice of Event

ECS gives you a 2-hour notice

Other Particulars

This is a NO PENALTY program – if you don’t perform when called you are not penalized out-of-pocket
There are NO COSTS to participate in the program – the $$$ only flows one way (from ECS to you)
You may qualify for FREE advanced interval metering where you can view your electricity usage in real time

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Initially, I was very concerned regarding ECS demand response program and how that would impact our productivity goals for the month. I was worried that stated power outtage would not happen as plan and last longer than expected. I am very pleased to report that the power outtages were precisely planned, timed perfectly and actually allowed my site to focus on much needed value added activities during downtime. We are pleased to work with such a reliable, professional company.

Lakeysha D. Garrett
Sherwin-Williams

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Contact ECS

Get answers about PowerPay, Demand Response and see what you can make enrolled in the program. Talk to a knowledgeable representative.

1.877.711.5453