December 1 Program Update

Program: 
SCE/SoCalGas
SoCalGas
Category: 
Program Requirement
Project Processing
Date: 
Friday, December 1, 2017
Description: 

December 1 Program Update

Greetings to all Participating Contractors in the Southern California Edison (SCE) and SoCalGas® Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade Program. Thank you to all contractors who have been actively inquiring about the Program and staying up to date with their account management teams. Below are important updates regarding 2018 Program incentives. As always, reach out to your account management team with any questions.

SCE/SoCalGas Program Updates

Important Joint 2018 Program Announcement

The Home Upgrade/Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® joint program between SCE and SoCalGas will begin accepting reservations again on January 1, 2018, on a first-come, first-served basis for a short period of time (due to limited budget). Incentives will be offered on approved projects where measures are purchased and completely installed after January 1, 2018.

SCE will monitor incentive reservations closely and will communicate with Participating Contractors on an ongoing basis. Once the funds have been reserved, it is anticipated that the Program will stop accepting new applications through the end of 2018.

Updated Duct Leakage Measure for Home Upgrade Pathway

A code change has impacted the minimum specification requirements for the duct leakage measure. In order to claim duct leakage as a measure in the Home Upgrade Pathway in 2018, contractors must seal to ≤ 10% (duct leakage to outside) OR seal to ≤ 5% (duct leakage to outside). A CF3R, CFM25 result or a date stamped photo of a CFM25 result may be submitted to meet the duct leakage requirement. If a CF3R is submitted, quality control duct testing will be streamlined if the project is chosen for inspection. Please note that this update listed for the SCE/SoCalGas Program above also applies to the SoCalGas-only Program.

Heat Pumps

Contractors can no longer claim heat pumps in the Home Upgrade Pathway for 2018. Choose the Advanced Home Upgrade Pathway if you would like to claim the heat pump measure.

More Slots Added

Additional document upload slots have been added in all of the statuses for contractors!

Please note that this update listed for the SCE/SoCalGas Program above also applies to the SoCalGas-only Program.

SnuggPro Changes

Beginning in 2018, you must use the following new values:

Clothes Washer

All Advanced Default path projects that do not submit utility bill data shall use a default energy factor of 1.29. All Advanced Custom projects that submit utility bill data shall submit the actual energy factor supplied by the clothes washer manufacturer. If the energy factor is not available, the default value of 1.29 shall be used. This energy factor is based on the Database for Energy Efficiency Resource (DEER) values.

Refrigerators

All Advanced Default path projects that do not submit utility bill data shall use 691 kWh/year. All Advanced Custom projects that submit utility bill data shall use the actual energy in kWh/year supplied by the refrigerator manufacturer. If the kWh/year is not available, the default value of 691 kWh/year shall be used. This energy factor is based on DEER values.

Dishwashers

All Advanced Default path projects that do not submit utility bill data shall use a default energy factor of 0.62. All Advanced Custom projects that submit utility bill data shall submit the actual energy factor supplied by the dishwasher manufacturer. If the energy factor is not available, the default value of 0.62 shall be used. This energy factor is based on DEER values.

Please note that this update listed for the SCE/SoCalGas Program above also applies to the SoCalGas-only Program.

Energy Modeling Best Practice

Contractors should refresh all models at post-retrofit submission to ensure the energy savings are accurate and to avoid potential appeal issues. Please note that this update listed for the SCE/SoCalGas Program above also applies to the SoCalGas-only Program. 

SoCalGas Program Updates

SoCalGas would like to confirm that the Home Upgrade/Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program will continue to be offered in 2018. The Program will begin accepting reservations again on January 1, 2018, and will offer incentives on approved projects where measures are purchased and completely installed between January 1 and December 31, 2018.

The Program will remain open through December 31, 2018 or until incentive dollars are exhausted-whichever comes first. SoCalGas will monitor incentives closely throughout 2018 and will communicate with Participating Contractors on an ongoing basis. Information will be distributed via email and posted to the Program website, in addition to updates sent directly from the Program Account Manager.

Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade projects can be offered to your customers who receive gas service from SoCalGas and electric service from one of the municipal electric providers listed below. Please note that projects in the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) service territory will continue to receive 100% of the calculated incentive as long as there are both gas and electric savings associated with the project. Projects served by a municipal utility other than LADWP will receive 30% of the calculated incentive for gas savings.

  • Anaheim Public Utilities
  • Anza Electric Cooperative
  • Azusa Light and Water
  • The Electric Department (Banning)
  • Burbank Water and Power
  • Colton Electric Utility
  • Glendale Water and Power
  • Imperial Irrigation District
  • Lompoc Public Utility
  • Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
  • Moreno Valley Electric Utility
  • Pasadena Water and Power
  • Riverside Public Utilities

Please contact your Account Manager for more information.

Heat Pumps

Contractors can no longer claim heat pumps in the Home Upgrade Pathway for 2018. Choose the Advanced Home Upgrade Pathway if you would like to claim the heat pump measure. If a Split or Packaged Central Heat Pump is replaced as a part of an Advanced Home Upgrade Default or Custom Project, an image of the existing dataplate and a photo of the new dataplate is required. 

Project Eligibility-Energy Savings

For all Advanced Home Upgrade projects, therm savings and electric savings must be achieved in order for the project to be eligible for 100% of the final incentive. In SoCalGas/LADWP territories, customers are eligible for 65% of the final incentive for Advanced Home Upgrade projects that only produce electric savings and 35% of the final incentive for projects that only produce gas savings. In SoCalGas/municipal electric provider territories, customers are not eligible for incentives for Advanced Home Upgrade projects that only produce electric savings.

Historic Building Energy Efficiency Program Update

Thank you for your participation in the Historic Building Energy Efficiency Program (HBEEP) throughout 2017! HBEEP projects will no longer receive 100% of incentive in SoCalGas/municipal electric territories. For questions about energy efficiency in historic homes, please contact your Account Manager. HBEEP marketing materials will still be available to assist you in selling to historic homeowners.

2018 Program Year Kick-off Event

Save the date of January 16,2018 for our upcoming mandatory kick-off event at the Energy Resource Center! Please be sure to attend the kick-off event to learn what the future of the Energy Upgrade California Home Upgrade Program holds.

More details to come soon.