SCE requests new demand response program for summer

Rosemead, Calif., April 30, 2012 — Southern California Edison filed a request to the California Public Utilities Commission for a new demand response program for this summer.

The filing outlines SCE's Schedule 10/10, an SCE rebate program, to help mitigate summer demand for electricity in the Orange County portion of SCE's service territory.

The proposed 10 For 10 Program will be available only in 2012, and only between July 1 and Sept. 30. Program participants who reduce consumption during the summer by 10 percent can earn a 10 percent rebate, in the form of a bill credit, on energy charges for the period when consumption was reduced.

The program would be applicable to non-residential customers in the general service and agricultural and pumping rate groups, with exceptions and exclusions as specified in the tariff.

Both units of the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, or SONGS, are safely shut down for inspections, analysis and tests. Unit 2 was taken out of service for a planned outage on Jan. 9. Unit 3 was safely taken off line Jan. 31, after station operators detected a leak in one of the unit's steam generator tubes.

The prospect of a summer without Units 2 or 3 is a challenge that has required additional planning steps. SCE is using demand response programs as part of this planning in the event SONGS remains off line during the summer.

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