Technology Incentives

The Technology Incentives Program offers incentives for the purchase and installation of qualified automated demand response measures that provide verified, dispatchable, on-peak load reduction at customer-owned facilities.  Eligible customers can receive up to $200 per kilowatts (kW) of verified, dispatchable, fully automated on-peak load reduction.  The total incentive is limited to 75% of the total project cost.  Only Auto-DR measures that meet open Auto DR Standards will be considered eligible for incentives under this program.

Businesses most likely to benefit are able to implement automated demand reduction measures using equipment or controls in order to reduce their energy use when an Demand Response event is called.  One example is the Timken Museum in Balboa Park.  The Timken Museum received financial incentives to install automated demand-response controls and equipment.  The installed Energy Management Systems (EMS) system not only enabled the Museum to manage its’ energy use during  demand response event days but allows for year-round on site energy management.

Getting Started

  • Review the Technology Incentive Fact Sheet for more information on:
    • Customer requirements for incentive eligibility
    • What to expect during the application process
    • More information on incentive payments

How to Apply

  1. Download and complete the Technology Incentives Application.
  2. Submit your completed application and the following supporting documentation to Please allow 2 weeks for processing. All submissions must be in an open excel format.
    1. A complete list of automated demand response (ADR) control points
    2. A list of hardware
    3. All spec sheets installed with the project
    4. The estimated kilowatt reduction per automated demand response measure 
    5. Your certification of ADR 2.0a compliance (pdf) as of the current year
  3. You'll receive application, and supporting documentation, approval from SDG&E or we'll contact you with questions or a need to clarify some information. 
  4. SDG&E will work with you to schedule, and conduct, a pre-inspection of your facility
  5. SDG&E will then issue an agreement (pdf) authorizing work to begin
  6. Once installation is complete, you'll need to notify SDG&E with an installation report (xls) and an invoice template (xls) - see Invoice Guidelines (pdf)
  7. SDG&E will work with you to schedule, and conduct, a load shed test of the installed equipment
  8. Based on load shed test performance, SDG&E will issue the incentive check in compliance with the incentive payment terms and conditions found on the Technology Incentives Project Agreement section 7.0.

Any questions or additional information?

Please call our Demand Response Programs group at 1-866-377-4735 or email

The Technology Incentive Program’s incentives are paid on a first-come, first served basis until program funds are no longer available or until the Technology Incentive Program is terminated, whichever comes first. The Program is administered by SDG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission and may be modified or terminated at any time.