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!  There are major changes to APEP Policies and Procedures regarding project eligibility and calculation of incentives that become effective January 1, 2018. Applications received on or after January 1, 2018, will be processed with the new Policies and Procedures.

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

The changes are summarized in the table below but please read the APEP Policies and Procedures Manual for a complete explanation. If you have any questions regarding your project’s eligibility or the estimated incentive that might be available, please call the APEP main office at 800 845-6038.


Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is funding APEP through 2019 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 2017 CIT has operated APEP with funding from the CPUC and provided California water pumpers with approximately:

  • 2,875 pump retrofit / repair rebates
  • $13,350,000 in incentive rebates for those projects
  • 158,220,000 kilowatt-hours in net, first-year electrical energy savings
  • 238,000 therms in net, first-year natural gas energy savings
  • 49,925 subsidized pump efficiency tests ($11,000,000 in subsidies)
  • 272 educational seminars