Learn about building benchmarking
Why you should benchmark your building
Benchmarking enables you to determine how to lower your building's environmental footprint as well as your monthly energy costs. For many building owners, it's voluntary. However, some building owners will be required to report their energy usage data to the California Energy Commission, per Assembly Bill 802 (AB 802). Additionally, some cities (such as San Francisco and Berkeley) require building owners to annually benchmark their building's performance.
Benchmarking your building is easy. Best of all, it won't cost you a thing. PG&E’s Building Benchmarking Portal is a free tool for all building owners in our service territories.
Learn how to benchmark your building (Building Owners & Operators)
Building owners and authorized agents of building owners can request benchmarking data from PG&E.
As defined by AB 802, the legislation allows building owners, or their authorized agents, to obtain the energy usage data (across all tenants) for their building. In some cases, data may be obtained without authorization. However, in the following cases, authorizations will be needed before the data can be released:
- If building has less than 3 active utility accounts, none of which are residential
- If building has less than 5 active utility accounts, where at least one account is residential
How to request energy usage data from the Building Benchmarking Portal
To obtain aggregated whole-building data, create an account and register a building on our Building Benchmarking Portal.
For instructions on how to use the Building Benchmarking portal, please review Building Benchmarking Portal - Guidance & Instructions (PDF, 2.2 MB).
If additional assistance is required, please contact the benchmarking team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to authorize release of meter data
In some cases, meters must be authorized for release by PG&E customers.
If a meter requires authorization in the Building Benchmarking Portal, the account holder of the meter must authorize the release. PG&E will only provide data for meters requiring authorization after the account holder submits a data release.
To authorize the release of a meter, fill out the online Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization Form.
The following information is needed to complete the authorization form:
- PG&E account number
- The phone number or meter number associated with your account number
- The 10-digit building ID from the Building Benchmarking Portal
- For step-by-step guidance, please see the Authorization Instructions (PDF, 358 KB).
If you need a tenant to release their meter, send them
- A link to the online form: Portfolio Manager Web Services Data Authorization Form
- Your 10-digit building ID
- A link to the instructions: Authorization Instructions (PDF, 358 KB).
Learn about California benchmarking and disclosure policies
For building owners required to benchmark their building using ENERGY STAR® Portfolio Manager to disclose the energy usage:
For the State of California’s Benchmarking and Disclosure Program (AB 802), visit the California Energy Commission's benchmarking website.
For more information, email Benchmarking@energy.ca.gov
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 email@example.com.
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If you have any questions about the benchmarking program at PG&E, please contact us.
Benchmarking Program Office
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
245 Market Street
Mail Code N8A
San Francisco, CA 94105
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 Harpreet Singh 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).
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