December 15, 2016

CEC Highlights Benefits of Utility Marketplaces

Key market transformation effort in statewide Action Plan

Written by
Anne Arquit Niederberger

The newly adopted 2016 Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan Update has been posted by the CEC. The update was prepared pursuant to Senate Bill 350 (California’s Clean Energy and Pollution Reduction Act of 2015).

The utility-branded efficient product marketplaces that Enervee operates for the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power, Pacific Gas & Electric and San Diego Gas & Electric were featured as a key market transformation effort to drive plug-load energy efficiency.

According to the California Energy Commission:

Partnering with Enervee, a software‐as‐a‐service energy efficiency information provider, these utilities are providing company‐branded marketplaces with multiple potential benefits.

These include eliminating barriers to energy‐smart shopping, simplifying shopping experiences and allowing utilities to establish ongoing customer relationships.

The Action Plan also highlights utility programs that will launch on January 1, 2017 to comply with Assembly Bill 793, and both PG&E and SDG&E intent to leverage their marketplaces for this purpose.

This is the first update to the 2015 Existing Buildings Energy Efficiency Action Plan adopted by the Energy Commission in September 2015, to satisfy requirements in Assembly Bill 758 for a comprehensive energy savings program for California’s existing buildings. The update summarizes the implementation of the existing buildings’ program over the last 15 months, provides an overview of future activities, and updates strategies and timelines.

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