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Gary A. Stern, Ph.D.
Managing Director, State Regulatory Operations

March 13, 2019
Energy Division
Attention: Tariff Unit
California Public Utilities Commission
505 Van Ness Avenue
San Francisco, CA 94102

SUBJECT:

Response of Southern California Edison Company to Pacific Gas
& Electric Advice Letter 4068-G/5479-E, Supplemental Request
for Energy Efficiency Program Enhancements to
Assist Wildfire Impacted Customers

Dear Energy Division Tariff Unit:
Pursuant to General Rule 7.4.3 of the California Public Utilities Commission’s
(Commission or CPUC), General Order (GO) 96-B, Southern California Edison
Company (SCE) respectfully submits this response to Pacific Gas & Electric’s (PG&E’s)
Advice Letter 4068-G/5479-E submitted on February 21, 2019.
Background
On February 21, 2019 PG&E submitted Advice Letter 4068-G/5479-E, which requested
to extend the approved provisions of Advice 3928-G/5219-E and Supplemental Advice
3928-G/5219-E-A that provide increased incentives and program enhancements for
customers rebuilding a wildfire-destroyed home or business with building permits
subject to the 2016 Title 24 building code. The incentives and program enhancements
seek to motivate customers to voluntarily adopt the higher efficiency standards that will
become mandatory on January 1, 2020.
PG&E’s energy efficiency program enhancements include:
1. Double residential new construction incentives and increase technical support.
2. Increase non-residential new construction incentive cap and design
assistance.
3. Allow the California Advanced Homes Program (CAHP) to apply to in-law
units.
4. Evaluate program enhancements every two years.

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8631 Rush Street

Rosemead, California 91770

(626) 302-9645

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Energy Division Tariff Unit California Public Utilities Commission March 13, 2019 Page 2 1. PG&E’s Advice Letter Request is Timely and Will Benefit Customers and the State of California SCE supports PG&E’s efforts to provide increased incentives and programmatic enhancements to assist customers with destroyed homes and businesses to rebuild above the currently required 2016 Title 24 building code. Such efforts will support customers in need and help advance California’s greenhouse gas reduction goals. PG&E’s Advanced Energy Rebuild collaboration with Sonoma Clean Power and the Bay Area Air Quality Management District provides a single customer-friendly approach that bundles incentives, and could potentially be used as a model elsewhere going forward. PG&E’s request to use authorized energy efficiency funds on a limited basis to match incentives provided by Advanced Energy Rebuild in areas not supported by the collaboration appears reasonable. This will allow for all customers with a wildfiredestroyed home or business to have access to the same level of incentives. Advanced Energy Rebuild’s incentive packages are also notable as they provide customers with choices on how to efficiently rebuild, with tiered incentives for highly efficient dual-fuel homes or highly efficient all-electric homes, as well as providing a bonus for including solar and battery storage. 2. SCE Is Investigating a Similar Program Model PG&E’s proposal as detailed in its advice letter and supplements is an agile and timely approach to helping customers impacted by wildfires to efficiently rebuild their homes and businesses. SCE is currently investigating whether a similar model would be suitable for its customers impacted by wildfires. To the extent that a similar program appears appropriate for SCE’s customers, SCE intends to submit a similar request.
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Energy Division Tariff Unit California Public Utilities Commission March 13, 2019 Page 3 Conclusion SCE appreciates the opportunity to submit its response. Sincerely, /s/ Gary A. Stern Gary A. Stern, Ph.D. GAS:ct:cm cc: Erik Jacobson, Director, PG&E Edward Randolph, Director, CPUC Energy Division Franz Cheng, CPUC Energy Division R.13-11-005 Service List
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