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


Energy Star logoThe 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.

Learn more about ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager®

 

 

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:

  1. Create your Portfolio Manager account and building profile. Visit Use Portfolio Manager.
  2. Connect your account with PG&E.
  3. Share your property with PG&E.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

 

For customers

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.

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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:

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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 benchmarking@pge.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 benchmark@sfenvironment.org.