Southern California Edison (SCE) has 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.

“We hope to add the 10 For 10 Program to the many other programs we have available to reduce demand, and to provide additional system reliability in the warmest months of the year when electricity use is highest,” said Larry Oliva, director of tariff programs and services. “Our goal is to prepare for the summer months with these types of opt-in programs to ensure safe and reliable service to all our customers.”

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 significant 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.