February 1 Program Update

Program: 
SCE/SoCalGas
SoCalGas
Category: 
Program Requirement
Project Processing
Date: 
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Description: 

 
 

 

February 1 Program Update

 

Thank you to all of the Participating Contractors who attended the 2018 Program Year Kick-Off on January 16! We hope you gained valuable knowledge about all of the incentives available for 2018. Please visit the Program Resources: Past Training Presentations of the Contractor Website to find copies of the presentation slides. 

 

 

 
 

 

 
 

 

Southern California Electric (SCE)/SoCalGas® Program Updates

Award Winners

Last year the Program witnessed many great accomplishments by contractors who made energy efficiency, customer satisfaction and quality the cornerstones of their business. We're pleased to announce the 2017 Contractor Appreciation Award winners!

The 2017 award winners in the 

Southern California Edison (SCE)/SoCalGas® Joint Program are:

Program Documentation Update

The following documents have been updated on the Contractor Website and are to be used in 2018:

  • Program Changes Quick Reference Guide
  • Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade and Advanced Home Upgrade Info Sheets
  • 2018 Incentive Applications

The Contractor Participation Agreements and Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® Addendum have been updated for 2018. These documents must be initialed and signed by a representative of your company in order to participate.

90-Day Cancellation Policy

In order to ensure that ineligible projects do not tie up reserved incentive funds, the Program is now instituting a 90-day project cancellation policy. If a project has not been completed within 90 days from the project reservation date, the project is subject to cancellation by the Program. Participating Contractors at risk of getting their projects canceled will be notified well ahead of time so that they are able to take action to prevent this. Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions or concerns about any at-risk projects.

Heat Pump Changes and Requirements

Contractors can no longer claim heat pumps in the Home Upgrade Pathway for 2018. However, heat pumps are available in the Advanced Home Upgrade Default and Custom paths. Heat pump pre-retrofit photos will now be required on all projects. Please contact your Account Manager if you have any questions about pre-retrofit photos for Advanced Home Upgrade projects.

New: Snugg Pro Guide

An updated Snugg Pro Modeling Guide is now available on the Contractor Website.

The revised version has been extended to 39 pages and contains an expanded section for Advanced Custom Path projects. The guide includes more screenshots for clarity and additional information on utility bill calibration. Please remember to use the following values in 2018:

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.                                  

OptiMiser

If you plan on using OptiMiser to model your Advanced Home Upgrade projects, please contact your Account Manager for further assistance.

Reminder: Accurate Account Holder Info

If the SCE or SoCalGas account holder is deceased, please have the current homeowner request to have the service account name changed prior to the post-retrofit submission of the project. If an account holder name is found to be fraudulent in any way, the Program will not pay the incentive. Please provide the following numbers to your customers if the account holder information needs to be changed: 

  • SCE Call Center number: 800-736-4777
  • SoCalGas Call Center number: 909-307-7070

SoCalGas Program Updates

Please note that the updates listed for the SCE/SoCalGas Program above also apply to the SoCalGas-only Program. If you have any questions, please contact your Account Manager.

Award Winners 

The 2017 award winners in the SoCalGas Program are:

Reminder: Project Eligibility-Energy Savings

For all Advanced Home Upgrade projects, both 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.

REEL Section

REEL: What Measures Can Be Financed?

You heard about the latest Residential Energy Efficiency Loan (REEL) program updates at the January Technical Meeting-but what measures can be financed? 

EEL can finance all Energy Upgrade California® Home Upgrade measures, as well as additional Eligible Energy Efficiency Measures (EEEMs). The full list includes air sealing, appliances, cool roofs, duct sealing, HVAC, insulation, lighting, pool pumps, water heating, windows and more. The updated searchable list and downloadable PDF include measure specifications. REEL pairs with Home Upgrade by giving homeowners the flexibility to add measures without adding up-front cost. 

To learn more about REEL, visit https://www.thecheef.com/contractors