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Energy Efficiency

California has led the nation in energy efficiency programs since the 1970s. Due to the state’s efficiency programs, per capita energy use has remained flat, while the rest of the US has increased by about 33 percent.

The CPUC regulates ratepayer-funded energy efficiency programs. The CPUC works with the investor-owned utilities, other program administrators, and vendors to develop programs and measures to transform technology markets within California using ratepayer funds.

CPUC's Primer on Energy Efficiency - May 2014

CPUC’s Energy Efficiency Statistics site (EEStats) for viewing up-to-date savings, budgets and expenditures, and cost effectiveness of California’s EE programs (Click on image below)

Energy Efficiency Regulatory and Legislative Activity

Energy Efficiency Proceeding Activity

CPUC, CEC, ISO letter to Senators Padilla and Fuller regarding energy efficiency - January 31, 2014

Decision Authorizing Energy Efficiency Programs for 2013-14

AB758 – Comprehensive Energy Efficiency Program for Existing Buildings

How to Become a Party to Energy Efficiency Proceedings

Energy Efficiency Publications

California Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan

Energy Efficiency Annual Progress Evaluation, August 2012 - A Commission staff report on statewide energy efficiency progress

Energy Efficiency Evaluations - Available on CalMac

IOU Annual Reports - Individual IOU reports on their EE programs; Available on the California Energy Efficiency Statistics website

Information for Consumers

Energy Upgrade California - Learn how you can save energy, money, and be more comfortable in your home

Flex Alerts - Help California save energy when it’s needed the most

New Vendor Inquiries - IOU processes for considering new energy efficiency technology and program ideas 

Recent News and Quick Links

Energy Efficiency News and Information

Rulemaking R.13-11-005 - Establishes a proceeding in which to fund the current energy efficiency portfolios through 2015, implement energy efficiency "rolling portfolios", and address various related policy; Proposed Decision - September 16, 2014

The following RFPs  have been posted on BidSync. You can find them by going to and searching for “energy efficiency” and California on the bottom of the page. Links to the RFPs on BidSync are also available on the CPUC website at Through these RFPs, the CPUC Energy Division, Energy Efficiency Branch is seeking expert consultants to provide advice and technical assistance to CPUC staff in activities relating to California Investor Owned Utility Energy Efficiency programs and evaluations.


Secondary RFP 13PS5029 Technical Consultant Energy Efficiency Quantitative Research and Data Analysis


Secondary RFP 13PS5030 Technical Consultant Energy Efficiency Program Design and Evaluation


Secondary RFP 13PS5031 Technical Consultant Energy Efficiency Market Studies


Secondary RFP 13PS5033- Technical Consultant-Energy Efficiency Impact Evaluation and Attribution


Secondary RFP 13PS5035 for Technical Consultant – Energy Efficiency Strategic Plan Development


Secondary RFP 13PS5036 for Technical Consultant – Energy Efficiency Data Management and Reposting


Secondary RFP 13PS5037 for Technical Consultant – Energy Efficiency Engineering and Technical Assessment


Laboratory HVAC Testing Research Plan (2013-14) - August 28, 2014


2010-12 HVAC Baseline Characterization Market Effects Study Res And Small Comm - August 28, 2014


LED Lighting Market Baseline Characterization: Phase I Market Effects Study of IOU Programs - July 20, 2014

Events, Meetings, and Workshops

Quick Links to Energy Efficiency Program Tools

CA Energy Efficiency Evaluation Protocols – Direction on how

programs are evaluated


California Energy Efficiency Statistics – Repository of utility-submitted reports to CPUC

CA Measurement Advisory Council (CALMAC)  - Library of program evaluation and research reports on EE and other clean energy programs

CPUC Energy Efficiency Policy Manual – Compendium of policy rules for implementation of energy efficiency programs

Database for Energy Efficiency Resources - CPUC adopted energy savings parameter values for common and established measures

Evaluation, Measurement and Verification (EM&V) – Information and Resources on CPUC EM&V

Cost Effectiveness Analysis  - Provides information on cost-effectiveness analysis for all demand-side resources

"E3" Cost Effectiveness Calculators – Computes cost-effectiveness of measures and programs

Standard Practice Manual (SPM) –Manual for determining cost effectiveness of demand-side management programs

Energy Efficiency Goals and Potential Studies - A comprehensive assessment of energy savings potential

Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council - provides a collaborative forum to exchange information on opportunities and results from Emerging Technologies activities

Links to utilities, government agencies, and other organizations working on EE

Contact Us:

Energy Efficiency Hotline: 415-703-2776

Visit the CalPhoneInfo website!