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  •  Energy Efficiency Partnering Program (EEP)  


    EEP Logo - swirl greenPLEASE NOTE: The EEP program is fully subscribed for this fiscal year, and PWP is no longer accepting applications. The program will reopen July 1st. 


    partnering with Pasadena Businesses to Cut Costs and Save Energy 

    The Energy Efficiency Partnering Program (EEP) rewards Pasadena businesses for a broad range of energy-saving retrofit projects. New construction projects are eligible if project savings exceed CALGreen/Title 24 building code standards. Rebates are based on estimated annual energy and peak demand savings. Depending upon project type, savings are determined by comparing the energy and peak demand of the new equipment versus either current CALGreen/Title 24 building code standards (when applicable), or versus energy consumption and peak demand of the old equipment.

    Projects started prior to application approval and pre-inspection are NOT ELIGIBLE. Applicants must have an approved EEP application and pass a pre-inspection BEFORE work begins. Rebates are usually paid within 6 to 8 weeks of project completion and verification by PWP and/or an approved third party. Funding is available on a limited first come first served basis and is subject to change at the PWP's discretion.Review the complete EEP program rules and regulations (PDF)


    Rebate Amounts

    Incentives levels vary by technology and project type, ranging from 5-20¢/kWh for energy savings and/or $100-200 per kW for peak demand reduction. Click here for details on the savings and rebate calculation method (PDF).  Projects employing local vendors may be eligible for bonus incentives. Rebate limits are based on material and labor cost. If your project is self-installed (not using a third-party vendor), please submit your labor costs on company letterhead. Total rebate amount may not exceed 50% of total project cost, or $100,000 per metered account per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30).

    All rebate amounts are found on the EEP application “Incentive” tab. PWP provides a third-party engineering review to determine the final savings and rebates for custom measures. This added value process helps identify realistic energy savings to a facility’s bottom line. 

    EEP vs. PEER: What's the Difference?

    All Pasadena commercial electric customers are eligible for both energy efficiency programs. EEP is the most complex of the two programs; it provides businesses with customized incentives based on kWh saved. Pasadena’s Express Efficiency Program (PEER) on the other hand, provides businesses with a predetermined incentive based on type of equipment and the number of units installed. Here is a list of the key differences:

    • Businesses will typically receive larger rebates from the EEP program, but the PEER program is easier to apply for and rebates are received in less time. 
    • PEER is ideal for smaller projects and EEP should be used for larger more complex projects
    • EEP provides third party engineering review of your project to determine what is a reasonable expectation of your projects energy savings.
    • The PEER program only incentivizes some of the most popular measures.  Almost all energy efficiency projects are eligible for a rebate through the EEP program!
    • Learn more about PEER here.


    Lighting Update

    To be eligible for our lighting rebate, only Energy Star or Design Light Consortium (DSL) rated lamps will qualify. Title 24 has substantially changed for lighting. If your project does not fall in the below categories you may be subject to title 24. Please refer to the “Calculation Methodology” on the EEP application for further information. The following measures are not subject to Title 24: 
    • If you are changing lamp for lamp and/or replacing ballast
    • If you are changing less than 40 fixtures 
    • If you are changing less than 10% of your total fixtures

     How to Apply

    2. Read all of the EEP program rules and enter in the requested information about your project into the application spreadsheet
    3. Save the EEP Application as an Excel document and send it to PWP_CEE@cityofpasadena.net along with a signed copy of the vendor's project proposal.
    4. Begin work on project ONLY AFTER your EEP application is approved and you pass a pre-inspection by PWP and/or an approved third-party.

    Please click here for more information about the application process (PDF) 


    • Send an email to PWP_CEE@cityofpasadena.net with "EEP Inquiry" in the subject line
    • Would you like to be added our "Program Update" email notification list to learn more about our commercial rebates? Email your request to PWP_CEE@cityofpasadena.net and write “Program Update List” in the subject line.

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