The CPUC approved $2 billion for the current 2013 - 2014 transition year programs in November 2012. The administrators of these programs are the four largest investor-owned utilities - PG&E, Edison, SDG&E and SoCalGas - and for the first time, two regional government networks and a community choice aggregator (Marin Clean Energy). Energy Efficiency is first in California's energy procurement loading order, based on the state's Energy Action Plan, as a key strategy in mitigating greenhouse gas emissions as articulated in the Scoping Plan for AB 32 - The California Global Warming Solutions Act of 2006.
In July 2012, the large investor owned utilities (PG&E, Edison, SDG&E and SoCalGas) filed applications requesting the CPUC to approve over $2 billion in funding to implement energy efficiency programs for a two-year transition cycle in 2013 - 2014.
ORA’s priorities for preparing for development and implementation of Energy Efficiency programs for 2015 and beyond include improvements and expansions for market transformation, program financing, cost-effectiveness protocols, and coordination with long-term procurement planning.
The CPUC’s Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan identified the critical role of financing in achieving California’s energy efficiency goals.
Marketing, Education & Outreach (ME&O) is an important component of California’s Energy Efficiency strategy to build awareness and educate consumers on programs available to help them save energy.
The CPUC is evaluating whether energy efficiency pilot programs administered by local governments were sufficiently successful to be scaled up in future program cycles, or whether they should be discontinued.
The CPUC had adopted a shareholder bonus program to incent utilities to meet their Energy Efficiency program goals. Energy Efficiency programs are funded by ratepayers.
ESPI is the follow-up incentive mechanism that the CPUC uses to award utility shareholder bonuses for meeting Energy Efficiency goals. ESPI commenced with the utilities' 2013-2014 Energy Efficiency program cycle.
The CPUC reopened the proceeding to revisit whether 2006-2008 utility bonuses appropriately followed CPUC rules.
Water and energy are inextricably linked. Water-related energy use accounts for nearly 20% of the state’s total energy requirements. Similarly, conservation and efficient use of water are essential to meeting the future demand for water in California and the state’s water savings goals.