Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas®)
Energy Efficiency Program Solicitations
This site contains information on SoCalGas’ third-party solicitation process, key filings and reports in support of SoCalGas’ Energy Efficiency (EE) Programs, and also links to other EE information and resources.
BackgroundSoCalGas must receive the approval of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) for its EE programs as funded by Public Goods Charge (as authorized by PU Code Section 890-900). A brief timeline of the recent CPUC decisions affecting the third-party solicitations process is described below:
- October 2015: The CPUC adopted Decision (D.) 15-10-028, which established a “Rolling Portfolio” process for regularly reviewing and revising EE Program Administrator (PA) portfolios.
- August 2016: the CPUC adopted D.16-08-019, which provided further policy guidance on rolling portfolio elements and the transition to statewide and third-party programs and their administrations.
- January 2017: SoCalGas filed a Business Plan application for EE program years 2018 through 2025.
- January 2018: The CPUC adopted D.18-01-004, which addressed the required process for third-party solicitations in the context of the rolling portfolio EE programs overseen by the Investor-Owned Utility (IOU) PAs. Pursuant to D.18-01-004, the IOUs are required to utilize Procurement Review Groups (PRGs) for the design and conduct of solicitations, contract with an Independent Evaluator (IE) for each solicitation, and the IOUs are directed to post an up-to-date schedule of planned third-party solicitations on their respective websites.
- May 2018: The CPUC issued D.18-05-041, which approved SoCalGas’ Business Plan, with modifications.
- October 2018: The CPUC issued D.18-10-008, which approved workforce standards and that are required to be applied to all EE programs.
CPUC Decisions can be found on the California Public Utilities Commission Decision Search webpage* hosted by the CPUC.
SoCalGas manages a large portfolio of customer-focused energy efficiency programs. Currently, SoCalGas utilizes third-party contractors to serve residential and non-residential customers within its service territory. By 2022, SoCalGas is aiming for at least 60% of its EE programs to be designed & implemented by third-parties. SoCalGas will be releasing solicitations in a three-phased solicitation approach. Each phase will utilize a two-stage bidding process - a Request for Abstract (RFA) stage followed by a Request for Proposal (RFP) stage. For more information about SoCalGas’ upcoming solicitations, please register and log into PEPMA, which is the official site to view information for upcoming solicitations.
- Residential, small non-residential, segment solutions, and Statewide emerging technology
- Round 1: November 26, 2018 (Closes on January 7, 2019)
- Round 2: January 31, 2019
- Round 3: TBD
- SoCalGas-led Statewide programs (except ET)
- Food Service (Point of Sale)
- Midstream Commercial Water Heating
Anticipated Launch Date:Q4 2019
- Commercial, Industrial, Agriculture, and Public sectors
Anticipated Launch Date:Q1 2021 For more information about upcoming SoCalGas solicitations, please register at PEPMA. SoCalGas' third-party solicitation schedule can be found here: SoCalGas' Solicitation Schedule
SoCalGas’ EE Program Reports can be found on the California Energy Data and Reporting System webpage* hosted by the CPUC. This site allows public access to CPUC Energy Efficiency Program documents and information including:
- Energy Efficiency Program Implementation Plans
- Monthly, Quarterly, and Annual Reports
- California Energy Efficiency Programs guidance, news, and announcements
The reports can be found by going to the toolbar, clicking on Monthly Reports, and then selecting the appropriate option.
SoCalGas' Energy Efficiency Business PlanSoCalGas Business Plan
California Energy Efficiency Coordinating Committee (CAEECC)
CAEECC is a collaborative informal stakeholder process authorized by CPUC in D.15-10-028. The Coordinating Committee is made up of representatives from the PAs, including PG&E, SDG&E, SCE, SoCalGas, SoCalREN, BayREN, and Marin Clean Energy, the California Energy Commission ("CEC"), 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 representatives
For more information about CAEEC, please visit the CAEECC Website
Energy Efficiency Annual Report
Bidder Training Materials
Workpaper Training Process
Procurement Review Groups and Independent Evaluators
EE Procurement Review Groups (“EE PRG”) will be utilized for EE third-party solicitations. PRGs are composed of non- financially interested parties, including CPUC Energy Division Staff, California Energy Commission Staff, and the California Public Advocates Office. Each IOU has been required to assemble its own EE PRG, in addition to a statewide EE PRG. The EE PRG shall advise the IOUs to ensure solicitations for new third-party programs proceed with adequate oversight and to verify the IOUs’ compliance with their solicitation protocols. Additionally, the CPUC requires each IOU to select and utilize a pool of Independent Evaluators (IEs) to serve as consultants to the PRG. The IEs are expected to observe and report on the IOU’s entire Solicitation process.
For more information about the EE PRG and IEs, please review the EE PRG IE Handbook and Attachment A of the EE PRG Handbook.
If you have any questions on the process or would like to be involved in the process, please contact Elizabeth Baires (EBaires@semprautilities.com).