PG&E has several important updates to share with you regarding our Customized Incentive and Deemed Catalogue programs. Please share this email with the appropriate parties within your organization.

On December 11, 2013, the California Energy Commission voted to delay implementation of the Title 24 code update until July 1, 2014. This decision will have some significant impacts on our programs. These impacts include:

  • Certain deemed rebate measures – including all lighting control measures – planned for sunset on January 1, 2014 will now stay active until July 1, 2014.
    • Any rebate measure on the Discontinued Products list that references "Title 24" as a reason for discontinuation will now be sunset on July 1, 2014. These projects may be installed through June 30, 2014 and applied for through July 31, 2014. Information on program product discontinuations, changes and additions to 2014 are located here: PG&E 2014 Title 24 Extension Products (PDF).
    • Measures on this list that reference any other reason for discontinuation will still be sunset on January 1, 2014. These measures must be installed no later than December 31, 2013 and applied for no later than January 31, 2014.
  • PG&E is still evaluating how the "apply by" and "install by" date for Customized Retrofit projects using current Title 24 baselines may change as a result of the code delay and will provide an update soon. The new "apply by" date will be no earlier than April 1, 2014 and the new "install by" date will be no earlier than June 30, 2014.
    • Upon implementation of the code update on July 1, 2014, there will be changes to the measures qualifying for the Customized Retrofit program. These changes will be announced at a future date prior to the changes taking effect.
    • Due to uncertainties around interpretation of the code, please reach out to your Field Engineer or your Trade Professional Manager for questions about how your project may be impacted by Title 24. Your Trade Professional Manager can put you in touch with your customer's PG&E ES&S Account manager for further clarification and details.

In addition, PG&E will implement a new rule on February 1, 2014 stating that deemed-eligible measures included within Customized Retrofit applications must be awarded the deemed savings and incentive values. Until further notice, this rule will only apply to Core (Commercial, Industrial and Agricultural) programs; PG&E is still evaluating how this rule may apply to Third Party and Government Partnership programs.

The purpose of this rule change is to encourage use of the Deemed channel whenever possible. PG&E's Deemed Rebate Program offers a streamlined customer experience through the use of pre-approved unit energy savings and rebates. The deemed process is easier for customers, less resource intensive for PG&E, and typically results in project incentives comparable to those offered in customized program.

The Trade Professional Team will host a webinar soon to discuss these updates in greater depth. Please look for an email in early January announcing the event times and locations. Thank you and please let your PG&E Trade Professional Manager (TPM) know if you have any questions. Your TPM support team and the coverage areas assigned are indicated below.