Eligible retail suppliers, or DSGS providers, must submit applications and all other required information directly to the Energy Commission via the DSGS email. Upon approval, DSGS providers may begin to enroll their customers as participants in the program.

  1. Eligible DSGS Provider
    Eligible DSGS providers include:
    1. Retail suppliers as defined in Public Utilities Code (PUC) Section 398.2, except for investor-owned utilities, electric service providers, or community choice aggregators under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission.
    2. Federal power marketing administrations.
  2. Eligible Participants
    A customer or aggregator of customers located in California of a DSGS provider is eligible to receive incentives under the DSGS program if the participant’s account with the DSGS provider is not:
    1. Eligible to participate in supply-side demand response, or emergency load reduction programs offered by entities under the jurisdiction of the California Public Utilities Commission.
    2. Receiving payment or accounting for the same reduction in use of electricity through any other utility or state program
    3. Cogeneration facilities with a power purchase agreement.

    DSGS providers may include additional eligibility requirements for their participants as appropriate.  

Step 1: DSGS Provider Enrollment. DSGS providers will first enroll in the program by submitting an application with the information outlined in Chapter 2, Section B.2.b. of the Program Guidelines. Upon review and approval by CEC staff, the DSGS provider may begin enrolling participants in the program. 

Step 2: Participant Enrollment. Participants will enroll in the program by submitting an application with the information outlined in Chapter 2, Section B.3.b. of the Program Guidelines to the DSGS provider. 

Step 3: DSGS Provider Initial Report on Participant Enrollment. Within 10 days of CEC-approved DSGS program enrollment, or as soon as practicable, DSGS providers will submit to CEC staff an initial report on enrolled participants with the information outlined in Chapter 2, Section B.4.a. of the Program Guidelines. 

Option 1: Energy Payment Only Structure

  • $2,000 per MWh energy payment

Option 2: Standby and Energy Payment​ Structure

  • $250 per MWh standby payment
  • $2,000 per MWh energy payment

Option 3: Capacity Payment and Bid Structure

  • Noncombustion resources only
  • Monthly capacity payment (up to $19,500 per MW)
  • CAISO & Non-CAISO Approaches