About the Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA)

A new ESA multifamily program is coming!
ESA CAM is no longer accepting new applications, but a new multifamily affordable housing program will launch in Summer 2023! It will provide energy efficiency upgrades for income-qualified residential units and common areas. Learn more and submit an interest form to have your property screened for eligibility.

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) together with the four Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs)—Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), SoCal Gas (SCG) and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E)—administer the Energy Savings Assistance Program (ESA) to support low-income residents throughout California. 

Originally named the Low-Income Energy Efficiency Program, this rate-payer-funded service provided free weatherstripping to income-qualified residents to alleviate the energy burden and produce energy savings. 

ESA then expanded the in-unit measure list to include attic insulation, water heater blankets, low-flow aerators and small appliance replacements. In 2016, the CPUC directed the IOUs to extend ESA to cover common area and central system upgrades, known as ESA Common Area Measures (ESA CAM). ESA CAM concluded in 2022. 

Starting in 2023, the program will serve both deed-restricted and non-deed-restricted properties, offer in-unit and whole-building upgrades, and no-cost technical assistance similar to previous programs. Projects will be enrolled on a first come, first serve basis but there will be no limitations on the number of properties that owners/representatives can enroll. 

PG&E is working with TRC to administer this program throughout PG&E’s service territory.