When Do Demand Response Programs Start and End?
Ag Industry Has Seasonal Calendar
For Ag operations in California, Demand Response programs are typically active May through October. Polaris Energy Services recommends you enroll as early as possible, but by January at the latest.
IMPORTANT: It can take up to 120 days to complete the enrollment and equipment installation process. Make sure to plan ahead so that you are ready by the time the Demand Response season begins in May.
Process for Enrollment, Installation, Execution and Payment
- Third-Party Authorization Form. You sign a Third-Party Authorization ( TPA) form that Polaris Energy Services provides to you. This form lets your utility know that you authorize us to review your electricity usage.
- Proposal. If your past activity demonstrates sufficient electricity usage during expected peak demand periods, we’ll submit a proposal that projects potential incentive payments and equipment subsidies.
- Enrollment Form. Upon approval of our proposal, we submit a form to the utility announcing your enrollment in a Demand Response program with Polaris Energy Services.
- Agreement. Codifies the requirements for Polaris Energy Services, the utility, and you under the Demand Response program, including compensation levels and equipment subsidies (if any).
- Equipment Installation. Polaris Energy Services engages certified electrician(s) to install the necessary control equipment. These installations meet all national, state and local codes/standards.
- Event Notifications. During peak demand events, you will receive alerts to reduce your energy usage (based on the plan outlined in your Demand Response agreement). You always have the ability to opt-out, so you can take into account the current conditions at your facility. These notifications can be sent by e-mail, voice message, text message, or any combination you choose. If necessary, they can be sent to multiple parties in any order that you specify.
- Incentive Payments. Checks are issued by Polaris Energy Services in December, with the final amount based on your performance during the Demand Response season and the terms of your Agreement.
Schedule for Demand Response Activity
Your Demand Response program outlines how and when you will reduce electricity usage during peak demand events (which almost always occur on hot summer afternoons).
- Load Nomination: the date by which you have to identify which load(s) you will curtail in the coming month.
- Maximum Events per Day: limits the number of times you can be asked to reduce electricity usage in any given day.
- Maximum Event Hours Per Month: limits the number of total hours you can be asked to reduce electricity usage during any given month.
- Maximum Event Hours Per Year: limits the number of total hours you can be asked to reduce electricity usage during any given year.
- Maximum Test Events Per Year: limits the number of test events you can be asked to conduct in any given year.
- Events Called in Prior Year: historical data for planning purposes.
- Historical Average of Events Called: historical data for planning purposes.
- Agreement Term: defines how long you agree to participate in the Demand Response program.
- Notification Deadline: defines how much notice a utility must give you of an upcoming peak demand event.
- Event Duration: limits how many hours you can be asked to reduce electricity usage.
- Event Window: limits the hours during the day when you can be asked to reduce electricity usage.
Request a Custom Analysis of your Ag operations from a Demand Response specialist at Polaris Energy Services who will help you:
- Design a Demand Response program that is optimized for your operations
- Quantify the amount of incentives and equipment for which you are eligible
- Identify the areas of impact on your operations
- Define parameters for opting out of specific Demand Response events