Learn about energy performance benchmarking
Explore benchmarking tools
Learn about the tools that can help you benchmark the energy performance of your buildings:
- ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®
- PG&E Portfolio Manager Web Services
This page also provides information on California benchmarking and disclosure policies.
Use the ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to benchmark your building
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager is a measurement and tracking tool that helps building owners and operators track and assess the energy and water consumption of their buildings. The tool offers these capabilities:
- Generates weather-normalized energy use intensity and greenhouse gas emissions metrics for all buildings.
Gives an ENERGY STAR® energy performance score between 1 and 100 for many eligible building types. Get more information about eligibility. Visit Building and Plants.
- Provides custom reports that enable users to view time-trending information and compare buildings within their portfolio.
Get started with PG&E Portfolio Manager Web Service
Simplify your benchmarking efforts with PG&E Portfolio Manager Web Services. We can help speed and simplify data entry by automatically feeding required historical and future monthly data to ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager.
For property owners
We provide step-by-step instructions on how to complete your building benchmark and activate PG&E Web Services. Get our guide. Download How to Benchmark Your Building Guide (PDF, 6.3 MB).
Following are high-level instructions for setting up your Portfolio Manager account and using our Web Services:
- Create your Portfolio Manager account and building profile. Visit Use Portfolio Manager.
- Connect your account with PG&E.
- Share your property with PG&E.
- Ask each tenant (the customer of record for each meter shared with PG&E in Portfolio Manager) to authorize the release of meter data to the property owner. In addition, authorize house meters. Complete the online authorization form. Visit Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization Form.
- After each meter has been authorized for release to the building owner, unshare/reshare the property meters to upload meter data to the property owner’s Portfolio Manager account, usually within 24 hours.
Property owners are subject to several California benchmarking and disclosure policies that require them to benchmark and disclose the energy use of their buildings. To comply with these policies, property owners must have authorization from their building tenants to release energy data to the property manager for use in benchmarking analyses.
To release your data to your property owner, you must complete the Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization form.
You can complete this task in one of two ways: online or through a PDF download.
Completing the authorization form online is the easiest way to release your data to your property owner.
You must have the following information available to complete the online form:
- Your PG&E account number
- The phone number or meter number associated with your account number
- The property ID in Portfolio Manager, which your property owner can provide
Refer to a copy of your monthly energy statement, and use our guide to help you complete the online authorization form:
- Access the form. Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization Form.
- Get our guide. Download How to Release Your Data for Benchmarking (PDF, 0.98 MB).
You can also download and complete the authorization form in PDF format.
You must have the following information available to complete the form:
- The property owner’s name
- The property address
- Your meter numbers
- Your service agreement IDs
PLEASE NOTE: Your meter numbers and service agreement IDs are located on your monthly energy statement.
Get a copy of the authorization form. Download Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization (PDF, 504 KB).
After you have completed the form, sign the document and email it to email@example.com. We also provide our mailing address on the form.
Learn about California benchmarking and disclosure policies
Depending on the size and location of their buildings, building owners may be required to benchmark a building using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager and to disclose the energy use results of the building.
The San Francisco Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance requires non-residential building owners in San Francisco to benchmark and disclose results annually. Get details about this ordinance. Visit Existing Commercial Buildings Energy Performance Ordinance.
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get benchmarking training
The following training can help you with benchmarking:
- Register for a free in-person workshop. Visit PG&E Energy Education Classes.
- Register for free online training. Visit THE ULTIMATE (ONLINE) GUIDE TO BENCHMARKING WITH ENERGY STAR® PORTFOLIO MANAGER.
Access benchmarking resources
Download the following resources for help with benchmarking:
- How to Benchmark Your Building (PDF, 6.33 MB)
- How to Release Your Data for Benchmarking (PDF, 0.98 MB)
NOTE: This guide provides step-by-step instructions for releasing meter data to building owners using our online authorization form. Access the form. Visit Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization Form.
- Benchmarking Fact Sheet – Multiple Properties and Meters (PDF, 387 KB)
- How to Reshare a Meter in Portfolio Manager (PDF, 305 KB)
You can also contact us at email@example.com.
Get data from other utilities
When your building receives energy from multiple utilities, you must contact each energy provider for more information on accessing your energy use data for benchmarking. Use the following information as a quick reference:
- Alameda Municipal Power: Contact Meredith Owens at 510-748-3947 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Palo Alto: Contact Bruce Lesch at 650-329-2244.
- San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E): Visit SDG&E Benchmarking.
- San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (PUC): Email email@example.com.
- Silicon Valley Power (SVP): Visit Energy Benchmarking and Assembly Bill 1103.
- Southern California Edison (SCE): Visit Benchmark Your Building’s Energy Use.
- Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas): Visit Energy-Efficiency Benchmarking.
Learn how benchmarking can help increase your energy savings
According to the EPA DataTrends Series, building owners who consistently benchmark building energy performance realize average energy savings of 2.4 percent annually. Get the details. Download Benchmarking and Energy Savings (PDF, 456 KB).