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    Energy Efficiency Partnering Program (EEP)  

    EEP Manufacturing

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    The Energy Efficiency Partnering Program (EEP) rewards Pasadena businesses for a broad range of permanently installed energy-saving retrofit projects. Rebates are based on annual energy and peak demand savings.


    All Pasadena electric commercial 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!
    • Click here to find out more about the PEER  


    • The EEP program provides rebates based on the estimated annual kilowatt-hour (kWh) energy savings
    • Depending upon the project type, savings will be determined by comparing the energy and peak demand of your new equipment versus either current CALGreen/Title 24 building code standards (when applicable), or versus energy consumption and peak demand of the old equipment
    • Incentive 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
    • IMPORTANT: Projects already begun prior to application approval and pre-inspection are NOT ELIGIBLE. You must have an approved EEP application and pass a pre-inspection BEFORE work begins
    • Rebates are usually paid within 4 to 6 weeks of project completion and verification by PWP and/or an approved third-party.
    • Total rebate amount may not exceed 50% of total project cost, or $100,000 per metered account per fiscal year (July 1 - June 30). 
    • Please review the complete EEP program rules and regulations (PDF) 




    Please submit all applications to our new central business rebate email address at PWP_CEE@cityofpasadena.net to expedite your request. Funding is available on a limited first come first served basis and is subject to change at the departments’ discretion. Please refer to the program process and rules on the rebate application.
    Our energy consumption rebates(kWh), have increased 20% to accommodate the new Title 24 baselines for rebate calculation purposes. Also, we have added a peak demand reduction rebate component to all qualified projects. All rebate amounts are found on the EEP applications “Incentive” tab. We will continue to provide 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 your bottom line.


    Title 24 has substantially changed for lighting. To determine if your project is subject to title 24 here are some general guidelines:

    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
    If your projects do not fall in the above categories you may be subject to title 24. Please refer to the “Calculation Methodology” on the EEP application for further information.

    NOTE: To be eligible for our lighting rebate only Energy Star or Design Light Consortium (DSL) rated lamps will qualify.   


    NOTE: Any vendor participating in a PWP rebate program must have the appropriate local and state licensing. PWP may disqualify a vendor from participating in a program if the vendor misrepresents their services to a customer, i.e. falsely stating they are affiliated with the City or any of its entities, or citing a City employee as a reference. The City of Pasadena does not endorse vendors or contractors. Customers are encouraged to obtain three bids from qualified, licensed vendors. The final selection of a project vendor is at the customer’s discretion.

    All projects submitted to a PWP incentive program are subject to department or city-contracted, third-party verification, which may include equipment data logging to determine equipment usage or run hours. All programs and funding are subject to change at any time.



    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) 

    Questions about the EEP program?

    • 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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