California regulators on Thursday continued to tinker with incentives for the state’s four largest private-sector energy utilities in the ongoing multi-million-dollar statewide energy efficiency program. The latest action sets aside incentive changes theCalifornia Public Utilities Commission(CPUC) made at the end of 2012 when it was doling out $42 million in rewards for 2010 efficiency results (seeDaily GPI,Dec. 26, 2012). Under the new incentives established for the 2013-2014 efficiency programs, utilities will be able to earn incentives in four performance categories, with actual, verifiable energy savings holding 70% of the incentive potential. The remaining 30% will be divided among three other categories: constructive/collaborative efforts in the review process; effective state and federal advocacy for new codes that promote efficiency; and implementation of non-resource programs. The CPUC said the new mechanism supersedes the risk/reward incentive mechanism approved in December.
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