CPUC considers Workforce Requirements for Utility Energy Efficiency Programs

The California Public Utilities Commission is considering requirements for minimum workforce standards to be applied to utility energy efficiency programs beginning no later than January 1, 2019. These requirements are part of a larger effort to ensure taxpayer funded energy-efficiency projects conducted by California’s investor owned utilities and regional energy networks require a minimum level of relevant training for contractors installing certain types of commercial equipment that receive utility incentives or rebates. Studies show that quality installation standards and use of a well-trained workforce better ensure customers receive the full energy savings benefit of energy-efficient building equipment.

Last week, an administrative law judge issued its proposed decision regarding the requirements.

“This decision addresses workforce standards required to be applied by all energy efficiency program administrators (PAs) to all programs meeting certain size and measure criteria in their business plan portfolios. The workforce standards are applied to large non-residential projects involving heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning measures, as well as lighting controls. These are intended as a starting point for potentially more far-reaching requirements in the future…”

In order for the proposed decision to take effect, the CPUC must formally vote on its adoption.

The proposed requirements apply to nonresidential HVAC and lighting controls projects meeting certain criteria that receive utility rebates and incentives. To learn more about the proposed requirements, please see the full proposed decision issued on September 7, 2018.

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