Self-Generation Incentive Program 

The CPUC's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides incentives to support existing, new, and emerging distributed energy resources. SGIP provides rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer's side of the utility meter.  Qualifying technologies include wind turbines, waste heat to power technologies, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion engines, microturbines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and advanced energy storage systems. 

The planned reopening of SGIP to energy storage applicants is due to occur on May 1, 2017. The portal will be opened to prepare draft applications on April 10, 2017. Once reopened, SGIP will reserve 75% of its incentives for energy storage projects and 25% of its incentives for generation projects. 15% of the energy storage reservation will be reserved for residential energy storage projects less than or equal to 10kW in size, and 40% of the generation reservation will be reserved for renewable generation projects.

On the day the program reopens, the incentive level for energy storage systems larger than 10kW that do not take the investment tax credit (ITC) and all residential systems 10kW and smaller will be set at 50 cents/watt-hour. Projects that are larger than 10kW and take the ITC will have a lower initial incentive rate of 36 cents/watt-hour. We expect that demand will exceed the amount of funding for incentives at that level very quickly, and we therefore expect incentive levels to decrease by 10 cents/watt-hour shortly after SGIP reopens. If the decreased level of incentive also proves very popular and exceeds budgeted funding within 10 days, then the incentive level will decrease by another 10 cents/watt-hour.

Please note that the incentives for generation projects are distinct. Wind projects will see incentives begin at 90 cents/watt and will experience 10 cent declines between each step. Waste-heat-to-power, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion CHP, microturbine CHP, gas turbine CHP, fuel cell CHP and fuel cell electric only projects will see incentives begin at 60 cents/watt and will experience 10 cent declines between each step.

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY STORAGE CUSTOMERS: Please click here for a FAQ specific to your proposed incentives.

If you have any questions concerning SGIP incentives and how they may apply to an energy storage system that you are considering, you are encouraged to contact Patrick Doherty, CPUC Regulatory Analyst, at PD1@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-5032.  

Recent News and Quick Links 

  • March 10, 2017: Quarterly SGIP Workshop to discuss implementation of new SGIP rules and portal (Slides are available here).
  • February 23, 2017: SGIP administrators submit redlined 2017 draft SGIP Handbook to the CPUC for approval.
  • December 12, 2016:  Staff Workshop to discuss data collection for measurement and evaluation, and draft measurement and evaluation plan for 2016-2020 (Slides are available here).
  • November 7, 2016:  Final SGIP Impact Evaluation Report for 2014-2015 released
  • June 23, 2016: Decision D.16-06-055: CPUC adopts SGIP program reforms
  • March 21, 2016:  Staff Workshop to discuss February 23rd SGIP Launch (Slides are available here)
  • D.15-11-027 establishes new GHG compliance rules.
  • November 23, 2015: 2015 SGIP Cost-Effectiveness Report Released
  • April, 2015: 2013 SGIP Impact Report Released
  • SGIP proceeding R.12-11-005 docket card includes links to all other Rulings, Comments and Decisions

Applying for SGIP Incentives 

For information on how to apply for incentives in your area, please contact the Program Administrator for your utility:
  

SGIP Measurement and Evaluation

SGIP conducts regular reports to monitor and evaluate the impact of the program and the administrative processes of the Program Administrators. The full list of reports can be found on this page.

SGIP Weekly Projects & Budget Reports

  • The SGIP Weekly Projects report is available here.      
  • The SGIP budget report is updated regularly and is available here.  

SGIP Regulatory Proceeding Documents 

SGIP Handbook 

To view the latest edition of the Self Generation Incentive Program Handbook, click here.

Program Modification 

Applicants who would like to propose new technologies or specific program modifications for consideration by the SGIP Program Administrators and the CPUC must complete the Request Form contained in the Program Modification Guideline, here. 

Contact Us

Please contact the Program Administrator for your utility, as identified above, for information on applying for SGIP incentives.  For general inquiries concerning SGIP and the CPUC's role in managing the program, please contact Patrick Doherty, Regulatory Analyst at pd1@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-5032.