Energy Performance Benchmarking

Use ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to Benchmark Your Building

Are you looking for ways to save energy and reduce operating costs? Energy Performance Benchmarking enables property owners and operators to monitor energy performance over time, identify and prioritize energy efficiency opportunities, and verify energy and cost savings.

  • ENERGY STAR
    Portfolio Manager, EPA’s ENERGY STAR measurement and tracking tool, allows building owners and operators to track and assess energy and water consumption of your buildings. It generates weather-normalized energy use intensity and greenhouse gas emissions metrics for all buildings, as well as a 1-100 ENERGY STAR energy performance score for many eligible building types. Custom reports also allow users to see time trending information and compare buildings within their portfolio.

Getting Started

Information for Property Owners:
  • Register for a hands-on benchmarking workshop through the Pacific Energy Center.
  • Create your account in Portfolio Manager using the step-by-step instructions in PG&E’s How to Benchmark Your Building Guide.
  • After your Property has been shared with PG&E, ask your tenants (the customer of record for each meter shared with PG&E in Portfolio Manager) to authorize release of their meter data to the Property Owner using the Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization Form.
  • After each meter has been authorized for release to the building owner, PG&E will upload meter data to the Property Owner’s Portfolio Manager account, usually within 24 hours after the data authorization is recorded in the customer’s account.


Information for Customers:
Property Owners are subject to several California benchmarking and disclosure policies requiring them to benchmark and disclose the energy use of their building. To comply with these policies, Property Owners need building tenants to release their energy data to the Property Manager for use in the benchmarking analysis.

To release data to your Property Owner, please complete the Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization form. This can be done in one of two ways:

  • Online Form: This is the easiest way to release your data to your Property Owner. You just need your PG&E Account Number, the phone number or meter number associated with your Account Number, and the address of your Property. Grab a copy of your monthly PG&E Energy Statement and reference the How To Release Your Data for Benchmarking guide to complete the online authorization form.
  • PDF Form: Complete the form entering the Property Owner name, property address, your meter numbers, and your Service Agreement ID’s. Your Meter Numbers and Service Agreement ID’s are located on your monthly PG&E bill. For information on how to locate your Meter Numbers and Service Agreement ID’s, see Section 4 of PG&E’s How to Benchmark Your Building Guide. When complete, sign the form then email to benchmarking@pge.com.

Training and Support

For assistance with benchmarking using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager, see the training and resources provided on the ENERGY STAR website.

PG&E offers several resources to assist with activating PG&E Portfolio Manager Web Services:

For questions on PG&E's Web Services, refer to PG&E’s How to Benchmark Your Building Guide, or contact us.

California Benchmarking and Disclosure Policies

Depending on the size and location of a building, building owners may be required to benchmark a building using ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager and disclose the building’s energy use. Learn more about the California benchmarking policies for non-residential buildings:

  • AB1103 requires non-residential building owners to benchmark their building and disclose results at the point of a whole building real estate transaction, including sale, lease, or refinancing.
  • Schedule for disclosure:
    • January 1, 2014: Buildings with gross floor area measuring ≥ 10,000 ft2
    • July 1, 2014: Buildings with gross floor area measuring ≥ 5,000 ft2
  • For more information, visit the CEC AB1103 website.
  • San Francisco's Ordinance requires non-residential building owners in San Francisco to benchmark and disclose results annually.
  • Schedule for benchmarking disclosure:
    • October 1, 2011: Buildings with gross floor area measuring ≥ 50,000 ft2
    • April 1, 2012: Buildings with gross floor area measuring ≥ 25,000 ft2
    • April 1, 2013: Buildings with gross floor area measuring ≥ 10,000 ft2
  • For more information, visit the SF Environment website, or contact benchmark@sfenvironment.org.
 

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  • According to EPA’s DataTrends Series, buildings that consistently benchmark energy performance realize average energy savings of 2.4% annually.
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