FAQ

Is the current ESA CAM Program Cycle still accepting projects?

The ESA CAM 2017-2020 program cycle is closed but PG&E is operating a 2021 bridge period due to availability of remaining incentive funds. On March 8, 2021, the program began contacting projects from the waitlist to determine if they would like to enroll in the bridge period. If your project is already on the waitlist and you do not receive a notification, your project will remain on the waitlist for future program cycles. New inquiries in 2021 will be added to the ESA CAM waitlist and in line for the next program cycle. Please submit an interest form under the Get Started tab to initiate the waitlist eligibility screening process.

Are property audits provided by ESA CAM?

Yes. ESA CAM staff will audit properties that are prepared to participate in ESA CAM if a qualifying audit has not been performed on the property within the past three years. 

Why is an audit required for participation in ESA CAM?

ESA CAM funds are public goods money, and it is the responsibility of the program to spend these funds in alignment with program goals on behalf of California rate payers. ESA CAM staff will work with each project before conducting the audit to make sure there is enough opportunity on site to successfully complete a qualifying ESA CAM scope of work.

When will ESA CAM provide audit reports?

The audit report will be sent within twelve business days of the property’s audit.

What are the deadlines for submitting an application and completing construction? 

The ESA CAM offering is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and program funding availability. If your property is interested in participating, we encourage you to contact ESA CAM Staff to join the waitlist for the next ESA CAM program cycle. Please submit an interest form to get started.

The construction deadlines for ESA CAM projects are as follows:

• July 1, 2021: Construction deadline for projects enrolled during the 2017-2020 program cycle.
• March 31, 2022: Construction deadline for projects enrolled during the January 1-June 30, 2021 Bridge Period

All projects with incentive reservations that may require an extension must work directly with their ESA CAM Case Manager to revise the construction deadline outlined in the Project Approval Letter.

Projects that have not yet received a Project Approval Letter will work with their Case Manager to build a construction timeline once their ESA CAM scope of work has been approved.

What measures does ESA CAM include?

The current list of eligible measures is available on www.esacommonarea.com

Will ESA CAM modify the measure list on a case-by-case basis? 

Not at this time. Additional measures may be approved in the future. If you are interested in implementing a measure that is not on the current approved measures list, please contact ESA CAM staff.  

How will I know that incentives have been reserved for a property? 

When incentives are officially reserved for a project, an incentive reservation letter will be issued. Funding is available on a first-come-first-served basis dependent on program eligibility and funding availability. Projects that begin work prior to receiving the incentive reservation letter do so at their own financial risk. 

Will there be another round of funding for ESA CAM beyond the 2021 Bridge Period?

PG&E submitted an application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the ESA 2021-2026 program cycle. The timeline for the next ESA CAM program cycle is not identified yet. However, the CPUC is anticipated to release a proposed decision between April-May 2021.

Are ESA CAM funds impacted by any funding changes that other PG&E programs have experienced or might experience in 2020?

This ESA CAM Program Cycle has an incentive budget of $25M. Changes to other PG&E programs will not impact ESA CAM funding availability. However, please note that the offering is available on a first-come, first-serve basis and program funding availability

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact ESA CAM program staff at 866-352-7457 or email 
multifamilySPOC@trccompanies.com.