Trade Professional News October 2015


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  • Don't miss our Fall Trade Professional Mixer
  • What's happening in the future with Energy Efficiency
  • SDG&E's Business Energy Solutions Webpage
  • Tool of the month
  • Training Corner

Don't miss out! Trade Professional Fall Mixer

Join us as we host a Mixer specially developed for Trade Professionals. Get a chance to meet with SDG&E Account Executives, Engineering and Trade Professional Alliance Team and other Trade Professionals. Learn and ask questions about how you can leverage the Trade Professional Alliance to add value to the services you provide to business customers.


  • Update on your contributions to our energy-efficiency goals
    and achievements
  • Important program updates that can help your business
  • Hear how rates are changing for business and residential customers

Hear keynote speaker Lauma Jurkevics, Senior Environmental Scientist, with the Department of Water Resources who will discuss climate change, water and energy. Use this opportunity to share your unique perspective and experiences, while networking with other professionals, SDG&E Account Executives and Trade Professional Alliance Team members. 

Don’t miss out – Register now!
Beer, wine and appetizers will be served during the event.

Enter to win a FLIR ONE thermal imager. With versions for both iOS and Android devices, it transforms a mobile device into a thermal imager that sees heat and accurately measures temperature so you can identify energy inefficiencies.

All Trade Professionals present at the end of the evening will have a chance to win.

Thursday, October 22, 2015 | 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. | (3:30 p.m. check-in) | SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center | 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. | San Diego, CA  92117

Energy Efficiency in 2016 and Beyond

Good news! The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) issued a proposed decision this summer on 2016 energy efficiency goals. In this decision, the Commission:

  1. Adopts ambitious energy-savings goals for energy-efficiency program portfolios for 2016 and beyond;
  2. Establishes a “rolling portfolio” process for regularly reviewing and revising portfolios; and,
  3. Updates various energy-efficiency program portfolio metrics, including the Database for Energy Efficient Resources (DEER) values, effective January 1, 2016.

A second decision is expected in early 2016 which will include additional guidance on 2016 portfolio changes and on the “rolling portfolio” review process. 

What this means to you? You can expect the energy efficiency programs offered today will continue on into the future with opportunities for adjustments along the way.     

For more information on the proposed decision, click here. To sign up to have all documents associated with this proceeding delivered by email click here.    

SDG&E's Business Energy Solutions Webpage

SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions Program for qualified small and mid-sized business is a seamless, one-stop shop experience in improving the energy efficiency of their facilities. Participation begins with a no-cost energy assessment, followed by a recommended plan for energy improvement. Upon approval, an authorized contractor will install the recommended products and haul away old equipment when applicable.

The program offers approximately 230 products covering various technologies (from LED lighting to kitchen equipment), about 70 of those measures are offered at no-cost. Eligible businesses can apply for the interest-free On-Bill Financing Program to cover the co-pay portion of their projects. The program is implemented by three authorized contractors: Matrix Energy Services, Staples Energy and Willdan Energy Solutions. 

What this means to you? Be sure to explore the Business Energy Solutions catalog to ensure you’re not offering measures that would otherwise be offered to customers at no-cost, or that may include a co-pay amount. 

Are there still opportunities for Trade Professionals? Yes! The Business Energy Solutions program has sufficient budget through the end of 2015 to serve about 4,000 customers. With a pool of approximately 100,000 eligible businesses, there’s still plenty of opportunity out there for independent Trade Professionals.    

Click here to learn more.  

Tool of the month

Electric Balometer (Tool #21)

Purpose: Measures volumetric flow, 2’X2’. This instrument is ideal for measuring supply or return flows from 10 to 500 cfm (17 to 850 m3/h) in residential or light commercial applications. The compact size allows them to be used where full-size hoods would not fit.

  • Designed for Agricultural, Horticultural lighting and Greenhouses

Key Features: Includes a humidity probe and an air velocity probe

SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center houses a Resource & Tool Lending Library where you can check out the Trade Pro tools for your next energy-efficiency project, or books and DVDs to advance your knowledge about energy and sustainability. 

Did you know that these resources can be borrowed at no cost, for up to two weeks?

Contact the Resource & Tool Lending Library Manager, Ceci Cazares, at (858) 496-7137 or at [email protected] if you have questions.

*The selection of goods and services is the sole responsibility of the customer. SDG&E makes no representations as to the safety, reliability and/or efficiency of goods and services selected. SDG&E makes no warranty, whether express or implied, including warranty of merchantability or fitness for any particular purpose, use or application of selected goods and services. No endorsement is intended or should be inferred.