2012 – 2014 Energy Savings Assistance Programs
In May 2011, California’s investor owned
utilities (PG&E, Edison, SDG&E, and SoCalGas) filed consolidated Applications
requesting CPUC approval of more than $1 billion for their statewide 2012-2014
ESA programs, which would implement energy efficiency programs for low-income
customers. On August 23, 2012, the CPUC issued a Final
Decision approving ESA programs and budgets, reaffirming that energy
efficiency is a priority for California in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and
at the same time reducing low-income customers’ bills while improving quality
As part of implementing the August 2012 Decision,
the CPUC has created working groups on Cost-effectiveness, Mid-Cycle
issues, and Workforce Education and Training.
ORA Policy Position
ORA supported stronger program design
improvements to the 2012-2014 ESA program than articulated in the CPUC’s
August 2012 decision, specifically to target program strategies that deliver
greater bill savings to program participants. Instead the decision expanded
status quo programs, which have diminishing energy savings benefits at a greater
cost. ORA does, however, support improvements that were made regarding
multi-family building strategies. In Phase 2 of the
proceeding, ORA will continue to advocate for improvements to the ESA program:
- Bifurcation of the ESA program from the CARE program proceeding, for
- Examination of ESA program cost-effectiveness.
- Consideration of the appropriate approach for multi-family retrofits.
- Promotion and tracking of the Workforce, Education and Training for the
- Immediate CPUC guidance for improving program goals and design for timely
submission of 2015-2017 ESA program proposals.
low cost, high impact energy measures to all qualifying households.
See more Policy
Position for details on ORA program design and policy recommendations.
ORA filed its Opening
Brief on February 2, 2012.
On August 1, 2011, ORA filed a Prehearing
See ORA’s June 20, 2011 Protest to utilities'
The Workforce, Education, and Training working
group will produce a progress report in April 2012 and issue its final report by
July 15, 2013.
The Cost-effectiveness and Mid-Cycle working
groups will issue progress reports in February 2013 and issue its final report
by July 15, 2013.
See the Proceeding
docket, which is consolidated with the 2012-2014 CARE program proceeding.