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A pilot plan with time-of-use hours and a demand charge for customers with qualifying technologies like solar or electric vehicles.

Your energy rate is based on the time of day; use less energy during on-peak hours, between 3pm-8pm weekdays, and manage energy demand during on- and off-peak hours on weekdays, to save. This plan has two monthly demand charges: one for the highest hour of usage during on-peak hours, 3pm-8pm weekdays, and one for your highest hour of usage during off-peak hours weekdays.

Why is this plan right for me:
Customers who select this plan have qualifying technologies in the home and can manage and save energy by shifting energy use to lower-cost off-peak hours and staggering usage during both on- and off-peak hours weekdays. This plan could be a good fit if:

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    You have two or more qualifying technologies like solar or an electric car
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    You have one primary technology and two or more secondary technologies (see below)
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    You are willing to adjust when you use energy and manage energy demand during on-peak and off-peak hours weekdays

Ways you could save money on this plan:
You can save money on this plan by shifting more of your energy use to lower-cost off-peak hours, and staggering the use of major appliances like the washer & dryer, dishwasher and oven, on weekdays.

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    Charge your EV or run other major appliances at night during off-peak hours.
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    Pre-cool or pre-heat your home during lower-cost off-peak hours before 3pm, weekdays.
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    Run your dishwasher after you are done using your oven, or do laundry after dinner or on weekends.

Here’s how this plan works:
On this plan, your monthly energy charge is based on the time of day and/or day of week it’s used, plus two monthly demand charges: On-peak demand charge for your highest hour of usage during on-peak hours, 3pm–8pm weekdays; and off-peak demand charge for your highest hour of usage (after first 5kW) during off-peak hours weekdays. Note: On weekends and off-peak holidays, lower-cost off-peak energy rates apply and demand charges do not apply.

  • This plan has different on-peak rates for summer months (May–Oct bills) and winter months (Nov–Apr bills).
  • This plan also has lower off-peak energy rates, and no demand charge, on weekends and holidays: New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Presidents Day, Cesar Chavez Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. If these holidays fall on a Saturday, the preceding Friday will be off-peak. If they fall on a Sunday, the following Monday will be off-peak. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve are off-peak holidays as well but only when they fall on a weekday. (Weekends are always off-peak.)

What technologies are eligible for this plan?
For the Technology Time-of-Use with Demand Charge plan, the technology requirements are as follows:

  1. Two or more qualifying primary on-site technologies purchased within 90 days of the customer enrolling in the rate; or
  2. One qualifying primary on-site technology purchased within 90 days of the customer enrolling in the rate and two or more qualifying secondary on-site technologies.

Primary technologies: two or more qualifying primaries

  1. A rooftop solar photovoltaic system. The size of the system cannot be smaller than 2 kW-dc. For systems over 10 kW-dc, the facility’s nameplate capacity cannot be larger than 150% of the customer’s maximum one-hour peak demand measured in AC over the prior twelve (12) months. (For example, if the customer’s peak is 8 kW-ac, the maximum system size that could be installed would be 12 kW-dc).
  2. A chemical storage system. The size of the system cannot be smaller than 4 kWh. There is no maximum limitation for this technology.
  3. An electric vehicle. There are no limitations for this technology.

Secondary technologies: one qualifying primary and two or more qualifying secondaries 

  1. A device with a variable speed motor (such as a variable speed pool pump or a variable speed Heating, Ventilating, and Air Conditioning (HVAC) system).
  2. A grid-interactive water heating system.
  3. A smart thermostat.
  4. An automated load controller.

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