ABOUT APEP

APEP is available through Pacific Gas and Electric Company’s Customer Energy Efficiency offerings, funded through the Public Purpose Programs Charge under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. This is a fee paid by all accounts of the major investor-owned utilities in California including PG&E, Southern California Edison Company, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas and Electric Company. The purpose of this fee is to fund activities that improve energy efficiency and promote energy conservation.

APEP has funding currently authorized through December 31, 2017. However, APEP may be terminated or modified without notice. This program has a limited budget. Requests for pump efficiency tests or applications for an incentive for a pump retrofit/replacement are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis until available funds are allocated or the end of the program, whichever comes first. Check the APEP web site at www.pumpefficiency.org or call APEP toll-free at (800) 845-6038 for up-to-date information.

Program Components

The Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program has four program components:

  1. Education – educational seminars concerning pumping system specification and maintenance, water management, and water measurement will be given throughout the state free of charge.

The educational message has four parts:

  • Know how to specify an efficient pumping system
  • Know how to maintain an efficient pumping system
  • Know how much water needs to be pumped
  • Know how much water has been pumped
  1. Technical Assistance – Program personnel are available to help in locating pump efficiency testers, completing a pump retrofit/replacement incentive application form, or answer general questions as to pumping system design and use. Note that site-specific engineering services are not available (for example, we would not be able to specify the exact pump design for a specific location.)
  2. Pump Efficiency Tests – Subsidized tests are available for eligible electric or natural gas-powered water pumps that are 25 horsepower or greater, serviced by a PG&E utility account (see section IV. “Who is Eligible to Participate” for full eligibility requirements).
  3. Incentives for Pump Retrofits/Replacements – incentives are available for any size pump to encourage individuals to retrofit/replace eligible, electric or natural gas-powered water pumps to improve overall pumping efficiency.

IMPORTANT! Agricultural customers with pumps of 25 horsepower or less who are planning to retrofit, or have already retrofitted, with the project commencing on or after August 1, 2014, may be eligible to participate in the PG&E rebate measure “Agricultural Irrigation Pump Overhaul (<= 25 HP).. Go to PG&E’s web site (www.pge.com/ag) or call their Agricultural Customer Service Center at 1-877-311-3276 or contact your account representative for more information. This measure has a simpler application procedure, including no requirement for pre-project or post-project pump efficiency tests, and the rebate is calculated differently.

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