Demand response provides an opportunity for consumers to play a significant role in the operation of the electric grid by reducing or shifting their electricity usage during peak periods in response to time-based rates or other forms of financial incentives. Many electric utilities have various Demand Response programs that offer incentives for customers who respond the stress signal sent by utilities. Here we’ll have a brief introduction to the Demand Response program: OhmHours from OhmConnect.
OhmHours is only available to California residents with a PG&E, SCE or SDG&E account. If you reduce energy use during OhmHours, Ohmconnect shall pay you for your reduced energy, while OhmConnect is paid by California’s electricity market- California ISO. OhmHours occur randomly, once or twice a week, when there is a risk of turning on the worst polluting power plants. This program aims at encouraging energy savings and reducing the number of power plants in operation.
To participate in the program, you simply receive a text message once per week about 15 minutes before these dirty power plants turn on. Generally, all you need to do is to hold off on doing any high energy activities, like laundry or the dishes, and reduce energy if possible.
Users who have solar can participate in OhmHours as well.If you normally generate 3kWh of electricity and use 2kWh of electricity, your "normal" baseline is -1kWh. However, if you reduce your usage from 2kWh to 1kWh during an OhmHour, OhmConnect can still pay you for your reduction of 1kWh. The way it works is that you actually consume -2kWh when you used to consume -1kWh and Ohmconnect can pay you for that 1kWh saved.
Just as what it says in its website:
“If you live in California, you are entitled to receive up to $300 per year for saving energy.
Earn $20 instantly for signing up for the free service. $40 if you are a Southern California Edison Customer.”
It is really attracting for demand response participants that OhmConnect pays out more than other utility programs. You can compare them here:
OhmConnect vs PG&E:
OhmConnect vs SCE
OhmConnect vs SDG&E