Energy Saving Incentive Programs Frequently Asked Questions

Continuous Energy Improvement

  

What is Continuous Energy Improvement?

Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) guides your organization through a six-step process that yields a roadmap for an energy management plan that evolves according to your needs and achievements.

Who is qualified for the Continuous Energy Improvement Program?

The program is best suited to mid-sized and large customers who have prior experience implementing management systems such as Lean Six Sigma. It may offer benefits to any customer organization that needs help in strategic planning to reduce energy costs and green house gas emissions.
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How do I apply for the Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) program?

There’s no application for the Continuous Energy Improvement program. Your assigned account manager will determine if your organization is a good match for the program, and then help you enroll.

Is there an incentive for this Continuous Energy Improvement (CEI) program?

This is no incentive or rebate program. CEI is a statewide program funded by the public goods charge.



Customized Retrofit – Demand Response Program

What kinds of projects can qualify for the Customized Retrofit – Demand Response program?

  • The project must exceed baseline energy performance.
  • It must meet the peak demand definition provided in the CPUC-mandated database for energy efficiency resources (DEER)
  • The new equipment or system must operate for at least five years.
  • The measure cannot overlap other incentive programs.
  • Baseline equipment must be decommissioned and removed.
  • LED fixtures must be integral LED lighting with T8 and T5 fluorescent lamps and ballasts.
  • Existing equipment used to provide the baseline must be in operation and available for inspection.
  • The utility administrator must inspect the facility and approve the project before any new equipment or system is installed.
  • Energy not supplied by PG&E, such as cogenerated electricity or energy supplied by another utility, does not count in calculations of energy usage, savings, or incentives.

How are incentives calculated in the Customized Retrofit program?

Incentives are paid based on the calculated energy savings and estimated permanent peak demand reduction above and beyond baseline energy performance. The utility administrator may rely on state-mandated codes, industry-accepted performance standards, or other baseline energy performance standards. Learn more >> 

  



Retrocommissioning Program

How does a business qualify for the RCx program?

The RCx Program is intended for commercial customers who:

  • Receive gas or electric service from PG&E
  • Pay a California Public Purpose Programs (PPP) surcharge on their utility bills
  • Own or operate a facility that has at least 100,000 square feet of conditioned space or that consumes 2,000,000 kWh or 50,000 therms per year
  • Have access to funding to implement the agreed-upon RCx measures within 12 months

What kinds of projects can qualify for the RCx program?

RCx measures may include:

  • Repairing existing controls
  • Enhancing the control and operation of existing equipment
  • Making limited upgrades to existing equipment to enable more efficient operation

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When you enroll in the RCx program, your organization gets a thorough building assessment by qualified engineering professionals and technical assistance throughout the process.

How does a business qualify for the Customized New Construction (CNC) program?

The CNC Program is intended for commercial customers who:

  • Receive gas or electric service from PG&E
  • Pay a California Pubic Goods Charge (PGC) for electric service or the Gas Surcharge for gas service on their utility bills.
  • Own or operate a facility that has at least 100,000 square feet of conditioned space or that consumes 2,000,000 kWh or 50,000 therms per year.
  • Have access to funding to implement the agreed-upon RCx measures within 12 months.

What kinds of projects can qualify for the CNC program?

  • CNC incentives are intended for new construction or expansion projects or major renovations that involve a change of occupancy.
  • Projects in refineries, waste water treatment plants, data centers, agricultural facilities, greenhouses, vineyards, light industrial facilities, food processing plants, manufacturing plants, high tech and biotech labs may qualify.
  • Your project must exceed process baselines developed by PG&E or generally accepted industry practices.

You should submit your application to the CNC program during the conceptual or schematic phase, when design changes are feasible. If you begin work on the project before getting approval, the commission may disallow the incentive payment.

How do I know what my incentive will be for the new construction commercial building(s) that I am building?

Refer to Energy Pro Util-1 form generated by your Title 24 Consultant, this form should be submitted with your utility incentive application.

Can I qualify for the Savings by Design (SBD) program if I receive gas and electricity from both PG&E and another utility company?

The utility industry refers to your address as a single-commodity service territory. Your utility companies have a sharing agreement where each will pay the incentive for the service they provide. In the PG&E service territory, the incentive will be paid only for the commodities that PG&E provides you. Contact your other utility company to see if they have incentives you can apply for.
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What kinds of project can qualify for the SBD or CNC program?

SBD supports construction where energy efficiency is built into the design. Therefore, only major construction and renovation projects can be completed under the program. For example, your project may qualify if you are undertaking:

  • New building project where no structure or site footprint presently exists
  • Addition or expansion of an existing building or site footprint
  • Addition of new load
  • Construction involved complete removal, redesign and replacement of at least one of the energy consuming systems of a building or process
  • Projects that require design and selection of new systems based upon the needs of new or modified space functions
  • Major tenant improvements that add new loads
  • Buildings meeting compliance with Title 24
  • Your project must exceed baseline minimum efficiency requirements by at least 10%.

You should submit your application to the CNC program during the conceptual or schematic phase, when design changes are feasible. If you begin work on the project before getting approval, the commission may disallow the incentive payment.

Required Documents for Your SBD Application

In order to efficiently process your project application, we must receive the following documentation for each building.

  • Project Information (title sheet)
  • Architectural (Envelope)
  • Title 24 ENVELOPE (ENV) documentation
  • Roof Plan (if skylights or other daylighting)
  • Exterior Elevations if Solar Heat Gain Coefficient (SHGC) of glazing is .30 or better)

Electrical (Lighting):

  • Title 24 LIGHTING (LTG) documentation
  • Lighting Plan (ceiling plan showing location of the lighting fixtures, etc.)
  • Lighting Fixture Schedule (specifications of the fixtures used)

Mechanical Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC)

  • Title 24 Mechanical (MECH) documentation
  • Mechanical Equipment Schedules

What Green Building Certification Programs are qualified for the Kicker bonus of 10% within Savings By Design Program (SBD)?

USGBC LEED for New Construction and CHPS typically qualify. Contact PG&E to get consideration for other projects.

Submit your application for any of these programs to your assigned PG&E representative if you have one. Otherwise, you may fax it to (415) 972-5155 or mail it to:

PG&E Integrated Processing Center
P.O. Box 7265
San Francisco, CA 94120-7265

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