Using your home battery system during Peak Time Events makes it easy to save on your bill while participating in Peak Time Rebates.
A battery system is a great way to participate in Peak Time Rebates. Simply program your battery to provide some or all of the energy your home needs during a Peak Time Event. After the event, allow your battery to recharge from solar or program your battery to refill from the grid.
When energy demand and prices are high, we’ll notify you of a “Peak Time Event.” These events are usually 3 to 4 hours long and there are about 5-7 events in the summer and 3-5 events in the winter. When you choose to use your battery to provide some of your home’s energy use during a Peak Time Event, you can earn a rebate on your next electric bill. Plus, you’ll be supporting the use of more sustainable energy resources while helping keep energy reliable.
The summer season for Peak Time Events runs June 1st through September 30, 2023.
Once you're enrolled, we'll send you a text or email the day before and the day of a Peak Time Event. We'll let you know when the event will start and stop and provide savings tips you can use to lower your use. If you have a battery, that will likely be your biggest opportunity for savings.
During an event, you can use your battery to power some or all of your home. You may also take other actions like waiting to wash dishes or do laundry and adjusting your temperature setting a few degrees.
If you reduce your energy use below your typical* usage during the Peak Time Event, you can earn a rebate of $1 per kWh on your next PGE bill.
During Peak Time Events, your health and safety should always come first. On extremely hot summer days, please be sure to keep the temperature in your home safe by exercising discretion during Peak Time Events. Consider health impacts when reducing energy use.
What types of battery systems are eligible to participate?
How do I use my battery to participate?
When you use your smart battery to participate in a Peak Time Event, you are always in charge; PGE has no direct connection to your device. Prior to a Peak Time Event, we’ll notify you via text message and/or email to inform you of the date and time of the event. During the event, you can choose to use your battery to provide stored power to your home, reducing your overall usage during the event.
If your battery will not cover all your power needs during the event, you may also choose to further reduce energy usage in other ways, such as not running the dishwasher or laundry, adjusting your temperature settings a few degrees if you have air conditioning, and delaying the use of hot water if you have an electric water heater.
How can I use my battery to earn even more rewards?
Qualified battery systems are eligible to join PGE’s Smart Battery Pilot and can earn $1.70 per kWh during each Peak Time Event by allowing PGE to dispatch from your system during an event. You may not participate in both the Smart Battery Pilot and Batteries in PTR.
When are Peak Time Events called?
Peak Time Events can be called in the morning between 7 and 11 a.m. and in the late afternoon between 3 and 8 p.m. During the summer season, Peak Time Events will most commonly occur in the late afternoon. In the winter, you might notice more morning events. The events can be two to five hours in length, but most often last for three hours. You'll receive a notification the day before the event with the specific times it will occur.
Do I need to provide PGE with an email or mobile number to participate in Peak Time Rebates?
Yes. To be enrolled in Peak Time Rebates, you need to provide PGE with either an email address and/or a mobile phone number to receive Peak Time Event notifications. You can choose to receive notifications by email, text or both — it’s up to you. If you provide a phone number and reply STOP to text notifications, you'll be unenrolled from Peak Time Rebates. To update your notification preferences for Peak Time Rebates, visit portlandgeneral.com/ptrenroll or call PGE Customer Service at 800-542-8818.
How are Peak Time Rebates calculated?
Your energy use “baseline” is calculated from your average use over the past 10 days for the same hours of the day as the Peak Time Event. This excludes weekends, holidays and any other past Peak Time Event days. You can earn $1 for every kilowatt hour (kWh) you reduce below that baseline during the Peak Time Event.
How will I know if I earned a rebate after a Peak Time Event?
When you enroll in the program, you have the choice to be notified by email and/or text. After each Peak Time Event, you will receive a message one to three days later to let you know if you earned a rebate and for how much. If you earned a rebate, this amount will appear as a credit on your next bill.
What if I don’t participate in a Peak Time Event?
Your participation is completely voluntary. Once you’re enrolled, you’re eligible for a bill credit during any event where you successfully reduce your energy use. If you aren’t able to save energy during an event, you’ll still be enrolled and have other opportunities to participate in the future. Your health and safety should always come first, so please consider any health impacts when reducing your energy use.
I did my best to shift my energy use but didn’t receive a rebate. Why?
If you’re a customer who doesn’t use much electricity on a daily basis, it may be more difficult to reduce your use during Peak Time Events. Turning off lights or waiting to charge your phone won’t make much of an impact during a Peak Time Event. You can make the biggest impact by reducing the use of major appliances, using less hot water and turning your thermostat down a few degrees if you have electric heat or air conditioning.
Where will Peak Time Rebates credits appear on my bill and how often?
Peak Time Rebates will appear in the “Additional Charges/Credits” area of your bill as “peak time credits.” Rebates should appear on the next bill you receive after the Peak Time Event.
What are the best ways to save during a Peak Time Event?
Your biggest opportunity to save will be with your battery. It will vary based on your home, routine and appliances you have. Check out these energy shifting tips and ways people are participating in Peak Time Events to help save a little on your PGE bill.
Can I be enrolled in Peak Time Rebates, Smart Battery Pilot and the PGE Smart Thermostat program?
Unfortunately, no — you can't be in these programs at once. However, if you have a smart thermostat, you may want to consider joining the PGE Smart Thermostat program, where you can earn $25 per season for participating. For more information, go to portlandgeneral.com/thermostat. If you have a qualified battery system, consider joining our Smart Battery Pilot instead of Peak Time Rebates to make shifting your energy use even easier. You can earn $1.70 per kWh during each Peak Time Event you participate in when you allow PGE access to your battery. For more information, go to portlandgeneral.com/batterystorage.
If you have a qualified battery system, consider joining our Smart Battery Pilot instead of Peak Time Rebates to make shifting your energy use even easier. You can earn $1.70 per kWh during each Peak Time Event you participate in when you allow PGE access to your battery.
You are always in control and can opt out of the event, participate at a lower level, or contribute more for a higher bill credit.
Remember, because both Peak Time Rebates and the Smart Battery Pilot reward you for shifting energy during a Peak Time Event, you’ll need to choose which program option is right for you.