Public Sector Sub-Committee 3/16 Meeting Basics: What It Is, Why It’s Happening and Why It’s a Significant Opportunity for Local Government Feedback on Utility/PA Offerings

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The 5-second answer to the above: The March 16th meeting is a unique opportunity to hear and give feedback on the public sector market/needs analysis conducted by energy efficiency Program Administrators, which will be used to develop their business plans for their energy efficiency programming for the next five years. The meeting is a new opportunity for review by (and deep feedback from) stakeholders in a process put in place by the new rolling portfolio cycle. If your jurisdiction is interested in energy efficiency funding, technical assistance, or other programming, this process is your opportunity to hear analysis, and share your needs and interests for coverage in the business plans. 

The Background: A recent CPUC Decision addresses the request of stakeholders to change the energy program funding cycle from its current 3-year cycle to a “rolling portfolio” cycle. Through this cycle, energy efficiency (EE) program Program Administrators – the four investor-owned utilities, the Regional Energy Networks and, to date, one CCA – are responsible for the creation of 5-year “business plans” that describe their strategy for supporting the state’s EE goals in each sector and seek funding approval. With this new cycle, the Decision established a “coordinating committee” to make the Program Administrator business plan development process accessible to all stakeholders.

So: If you haven’t heard of the Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (EE CC), it may be because it’s brand new: the Committee’s first meetings were held in mid-January 2016, and a second set of meetings – which kicked off the first Sub-Committee meetings – followed in mid-February. The EE CC communicates by sharing documents, agendas, meeting announcements, and other information via the EE CC listserv, and is in the process of launching a website with information for stakeholders (likely to be live within the month). The Committee is made up of representatives from the Program Administrators (PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, SoCal Gas, SoCal REN, BayREN, and Marin Clean Energy), the California Energy Commission, Workers’ Unions, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), the Office of Ratepayer Advocates (ORA), the Local Government Sustainable Energy Coalition (LGSEC), the Efficiency Council, consultants, trade groups, and local government, and is co-chaired by PG&E and NRDC. Subcommittees are organized by sector.

The Schedule: The EE CC is charged with coordinating the stakeholder review process of Program Administrator business plans, which, per the CPUC Decision are to be filed by PAs September 1, 2016. Which makes efficient and early stakeholder comments all the more important.

The schedule for this process is evolving but follows the general structure of the below:

Business Plan Development Stage Time Frame Public Sector Details to Date
Stage 1: Market Assessment & Gaps Analysis Feb./Mar. March 16th Meeting – potential public comment section to follow
Stage 2: Intervention Strategies and Metrics Mar./Apr. Meeting week of Apr. 18th for 1st draft review
Stage 3: Initial Business Plan Chapter Development Apr./Jun. Meeting week of May 9th for 2nd draft review
Stage 4: Full Business Plan Review and Completion Jun./Aug.
Business Plan Submission to CPUC Sept. 1

The Opportunity: As is shared in the CPUC Decision, approximately $1 billion per year is budgeted for energy efficiency programs oversight, planning, implementation and support. The Program Administrator 5-year plan for the administration of these expenditures is underway. If you are a local government leader in energy efficiency, Program Administrators want to hear from you and incorporate your comments. If you have ever sought funding, technical assistance, or other support for activities that further the state’s energy efficiency goals (from code and compliance improvements to municipal facility retrofits, to community programs and recognition, to staff training and stakeholder engagement) this is the time to get involved and offer any feedback – or, simply observe the business planning process to understand and plan for upcoming offerings.

Need more information? Courtney Kalashian, Executive Director of the San Joaquin Valley Clean Energy Organization (SJVCEO), is a Co-Chair of the Public Sector Sub-Committee, and is happy to answer questions: 877-748-0841, ckalashian@pesc.com. A presentation overview of the EE CC is also available here.

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