The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) together with the four Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) – Pacific Gas and Electric (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 now has an expanded in-unit measure list, including 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).
PG&E is working with TRC to administer this program throughout PG&E’s service territory.