FAQ: Peak Energy Agriculture Rewards (PEAR)
PEAR is open to utility Ag customers who can reduce or temporarily shut off electric loads (50 kilowatts / 75-hp or higher) during Peak Demand Events, for example, growers irrigation pumps, cold storage operators, processors, feed mills, wineries, dairies and other agriculture operations. You must have Smart Meters or Interval Meters installed (or you must qualify for them)* and have access to the Internet with e-mail capability as well as telephone service to receive voice and/or text messages.
* Smart Meters and Interval Meters are capable of reading loads and transmitting through wireless networks to your utility. Customers can view data on the secure InterAct website. Customers without interval or Smart Meters will be enrolled after new meters are installed and 90 days of data are collected.
PEAR is currently being offered to Ag users in the Central Valley, with expansion to other areas to come. Email a PEAR specialist or phone 888-630-6327 to see if your specific location falls within the program scope.
PEAR customers receive annual cash incentive payments averaging $5,000 per service point, avoid Peak Demand surcharges and get up to $20,000 of remote control / monitoring equipment free. In addition, the get significant operational benefits that can enhance yields, boost productivity and reduce costs.