The Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP) is an educational and incentive program intended to improve overall pumping efficiency and encourage energy conservation in California.

IMPORTANT! The method used for calculating retrofit incentives has changed as of January 19, 2016. Any project started or retrofit incentive application form signed after January 19, 2016 will get no credit for kiloWatt demand savings. The calculation related to kiloWatt-hour energy savings has not changed. Refer to the revised Application Form and/or the Policies and Procedures Manual. Please call us if you have a question regarding this change.

Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is funding APEP through 2017 using Public Purpose Programs Funds under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). The Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at California State University, Fresno administers the program.

From 2002 through 2015 (as of 4/30/15) CIT has operated APEP with funding from the CPUC and provided California water pumpers with:

  • 2,167 pump retrofit / repair rebates
  • Approximately $12,000,000 in incentive rebates for those projects
  • 138,800,000 kilowatt-hours saved annually as a result of those projects
  • 373,000 therms saved annually as a result of those projects
  • 35,404 subsidized pump efficiency tests (approximately $5,000,000 in subsidies)
  • 175 educational seminars

IMPORTANT NOTICE OF INCENTIVE RATE CHANGE! Any signed and acceptable application package that is received at the APEP office by Close of Business on March 31, 2017, or is postmarked March 31, 2017, or earlier, will be eligible for the temporary $0.12/kWh rate.  An acceptable application package consists of:

  1. the signed and completed (as much as possible) application form
  2. a copy of at least the pre-project pump efficiency test

Applications received on or after April 1, 2017, or postmarked April 1, 2017 or later, will only be eligible for the $0.08/kWh rate.