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 of life.

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 greater efficiencies.
  • 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 ESAP workforce.
  • Immediate CPUC guidance for improving program goals and design for timely submission of 2015-2017 ESA program proposals.

ORA supports 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 Conference Statement

See ORA’s June 20, 2011 Protest to utilities' applications.   

Proceeding Status

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.