The main goal of the Commercial Load Management Program is to reduce summer peak demand in the CenterPoint Energy electric service territory in a cost-effective manner and to reach the demand savings goals established by the legislature and Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT) regulations. The program is available to non-residential distribution, government, education and non-profit customers. Commercial customers curtail load when notified. Curtailments may occur during the summer peak demand period of each year, defined for this Program as weekdays, June 1 through Sept. 30, of each program year, between the hours of 1 and 7 p.m.
Participants are required to have a normal aggregate peak demand of 750 kW or greater, with each participating site having at least 250 kW normal peak demand and capable of curtailing at least 100 kW. Participant must be equipped with an interval Data Recorder meter and participants must be non-residential customers taking service at the distribution level and/or be a non-profit customer or government entity, including educational installations.
Participating customers agree to a one-year commitment, but there are no penalties if customers opt out of the program at an earlier time. By its participation, the commercial/institutional customer commits to a maximum of five (5) curtailments each year as follows:
One (1) scheduled curtailment of one to three hours duration during each year of participation, plus a maximum of four (4) unscheduled curtailments of up to four hours each during each year of participation. The availability period is limited to June through September, 1-7 p.m. weekdays, excluding federal holidays, each year of the program.
CenterPoint Energy Houston Electric will pay a participating customer (or the project sponsor, if different) up to $35 per kW of verified curtailed load each year of participation. For example, a project sponsor, which contracts for 1,000 kW and consistently curtails 1,000 kW or more when asked would earn up to $35,000 each year.
For more information, please email our program contact at loadmanagement@CenterPointEnergy.com.