Is the current ESA CAM Program Cycle still accepting projects?

The current 2018-2020 ESA CAM Program Cycle is at enrollment capacity. In preparation for the 2021 program cycle, ESA CAM is currently waitlisting prospective properties that are interested in participating in ESA CAM’s upcoming program cycle. Please submit an interest form, under the Get Started tab to initiate the waitlisting 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? 

Funding is available on a first-come, first-served basis. If your project is interested in participating, we encourage you to apply as soon as possible. Please submit an interest form to get started.

The full extent and duration of COVID-19 impacts to the construction industry are still unknown. As a result, PG&E has amended the October 1, 2020 construction deadline for ESA CAM. The new deadlines are as follows:

  • December 31, 2020: Revised construction deadline for projects with incentive reservation on or before March 1, 2020
  • July 1, 2021: Revised construction deadline for projects with incentive reservation on or after March 2, 2020

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 2020?

PG&E is submitting an application to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) regarding the ESA 2021 program cycle. This application includes ESA In-Unit and ESA CAM.  

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 ESA CAM funds are available on a first come, first served basis.

Who can I contact with additional questions?

Please contact ESA CAM program staff at 866-352-7457 or email