Distributed Load Relief Program

Demand Response program enrollment for the summer of 2019 is now open.

Please note: We have pending draft tariff changes to eliminate the DLRP option for the 2019 summer curtailment season. 

When you participate in our Distribution Load Relief Program (DLRP), you are paid to save energy, and you play a significant role in the operation of the electricity grid by reducing or shifting your electricity use during peak periods. The Distribution Load Relief Program, and other similar demand response programs, can lower the cost of electricity in wholesale markets and, in turn, lead to lower retail rates.

Our Distribution Load Relief Program (DLRP) provides two hours or less notification to enrolled customers to reduce their electricity use to help maintain system reliability in their communities.

Eligibility and Requirements

  • Participants must be in an RG&E-designated service area. See if you are in a designated area.
  • You must have an interval meter with telecommunications capability. If you do not have an interval meter installed for monthly billing, we will install an interval meter at your expense ($700). A dedicated phone line also has to be installed to the meter and maintained at your expense.
  • We may issue load reduction notifications from May 1 through September 30.
  • You must be able to respond to demand response events from 6 a.m. to midnight any day of the week. 
  • You must maintain electricity reduction for at least four hours during an event.
  • Customers enrolled in the Reservation Payment Option (see below) are required to participate in a one-hour test every year.
  • Performance payment is based on electricity reduction during the test and all events. It is measured using our customer baseline load procedures.
  • Aggregators must have systems and processes in place to:
    • Respond to DLRP tests and events pursuant to notification through our prescribed notification system.
    • Ensure that the aggregator’s enrolled customers respond to DLRP tests and events.
    • Electronically submit enrollments to us using the enrollment system established and modified by us.

Payment Options

There are two payment options for the DLRP under which a direct participant or an aggregator may contract to provide load relief during load relief periods designated by us. The options are the Voluntary Participation Option and the Reservation Payment Option.

Voluntary Participation Option

Under the Voluntary Participation Option, we will make a payment to a direct participant or aggregator who provides load relief during a designated load relief period. The performance amount paid per event is equal to the performance payment rate per kilowatt-hour (kWh) multiplied by the average kW (kilowatt) of load relief provided during the event multiplied by the number of event hours.

  • The current performance payment rate is $0.50 per kWh.

We will make all performance payments to a direct participant or aggregator after the program year. 

Reservation Payment Option

To participate in the Reservation Payment Option, the direct participant or the aggregator must commit to load relief for no less than four consecutive hours upon our request. Under this option, the monthly payment is calculated by multiplying the reservation payment rate per kW by the kW of contracted load relief multiplied by the performance factor for the month. For a load reduction requested by us, the direct participant or the aggregator will receive a performance payment per kWh for the first four hours of load relief provided during the load relief period. There is also a performance payment rate for requested load relief period hours over four hours.

  • The current reservation payment rate for four or less planned events is $4.25 per kW per month. 
  • The current reservation payment rate for five or more planned events is $4.50 per kW per month.
  • The current performance payment rate for the first four hours of the load relief period is $0.50 per kWh.
  • The current performance payment rate for the load relief period hours over four hours is $0.60 per kWh.

Apply Now

Distribution Load Relief Program participation details are contained in the tariff. The enrollment deadline for the Reservation Payment Option is April 1, 2019, for a May 1 start. The Voluntary Participation Option enrollment deadline is September 30, 2019.

We encourage you to apply through an aggregator. These aggregators have expressed interest in participating. If you are able to reduce your electricity use by 50 kW or more, you can be a direct participant by applying directly with us.

To participate directly with us, complete and submit the demand response program application and demand response enrollment form.  

Submit applications and any questions you may have, or call 866.410.7545 for more information.


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