SoCalREN Metered Savings Program
California has an ambitious goal of doubling energy efficiency by 2030. At the same time, public agencies need resources to improve their aging buildings and infrastructure and contribute to statewide efficiency goals. Existing energy efficiency programs require bringing facilities above Title 24 standards, which can deter public agencies from acting due to financial constraints and leave below-code facilities with the largest energy efficiency opportunities “stranded.”
The Metered Savings Program offers a new way to unlock “stranded” savings and access SoCalREN’s energy efficiency project delivery services at no cost. It uses normalized metered energy consumption (NMEC) to measure energy savings at the meter, unlocking new project opportunities to go beyond utility incentive eligible measures. This comprehensive approach reduces the complexity of multi-measure projects, allowing for deeper savings with speedier project completion.
- Access SoCalREN’s technical services including energy savings evaluation, project scoping, financing support, project management, and other resources, even for projects that are not incentivized by utility programs
- Support from a single program for all measures in a project, reducing complexity, and allowing for deeper savings and speedier project completion
- Facility-level and agency staff are empowered to track and manage their energy reduction and climate goals, supporting Climate Action Plans, increasing the persistence of energy savings, and improving project payback.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the Metered Savings Program?
The Metered Savings Program is a new way to access SoCalREN’s technical support services. This program uses normalized metered energy consumption (NMEC) to measure energy savings at the meter, unlocking new project opportunities to go beyond utility incentive eligible measures.
Why does using existing conditions as baseline instead of Title 24 standards matter?
Many existing energy efficiency programs in California require bringing facilities above Title 24 standards, which can deter public agencies from acting due to financial constraints and leave below-code facilities with the largest energy efficiency opportunities “stranded.” SoCalREN’s Metered Savings Program helps fill this gap and support agencies with stranded energy efficiency opportunities by providing technical support and project management services for those projects not covered by other existing programs.
What projects are eligible?
Projects must have a minimum of 10% energy savings potential to be eligible. Facilities serving disadvantaged communities (as defined by CalEnviroscreen 3.0 criteria) will be prioritized for Metered Savings Program services. Some communities in California are disproportionately burdened by, and vulnerable to, multiple sources of pollution. We use the term “disadvantaged community” to refer to these communities, and we identify them using CalEnviroScreen 3.0, a screening tool developed for CalEPA that incorporates a number of indicators based on geographic, socioeconomic, public health, and environmental hazard criteria.
What types of energy efficiency projects can be supported?
The Metered Savings Program determines eligibility based on energy savings potential, not measure type. Therefore it is offered for a variety of project types, including for buildings and non-buildings (e.g. streetlights).