The educational and technical assistance components of APEP are free and available to anyone. However, there are eligibility factors that must be satisfied to receive a subsidized pump test. There are three types of eligibility:  account eligibility, pump eligibility, and retrofit incentive eligibility.

  1. Account Eligibility (as of January 1, 2018) – The basic account eligibility statement is:

Eligibility extends to all owners or users of a non-residential, PG&E electric or natural gas utility account that is primarily used for pumping water for production agriculture, landscape or turf irrigation, or municipal purposes, including potable and tertiary-treated (reclaimed) water but excluding pumps used for industrial processes, raw sewage, or secondary-treated sewage, and who are paying the Public Purpose Programs Charge. Customers should call APEP first if there is a question concerning their eligibility.

  1. Eligibility Statement for Subsidized Pump Efficiency Tests (as of January 1, 2018) –

Subsidized pump tests must be performed by APEP participating pump test companies. The pump test subsidy is paid to the test company, not you. Currently the standard subsidy is $100/test for pumps not tested in the 23 months prior to the test date. The subsidy is $50/test for pumps that are in series with another pump (most commonly a booster pump being supplied by a water well). These subsidies may or may not cover the total cost of the test. You should have a clear understanding of the total cost of a pump test, and whether you will be liable for any part of that cost, before you authorize a test.

To be eligible:

  • The pump test must be for the purpose of determining current overall pumping efficiency (OPE).
  • Only one subsidized test is allowed per pump in a 23-month period.
  • You will have to sign an Access Agreement before the test so that the pump tester has legal access to your property. You will have to sign a Record of Test after the test so that there is proof a test was performed for you.
  • Subsidized pump tests are not available for any purpose related to:
    • A real estate transaction (e.g., determine flow, pumping water level, water quality).
    • Satisfaction of a mandate of any federal, state, or local government or quasi-political agency (participants in PG&E’s AG-ICE program are specifically eligible for all parts of APEP).
  • Subsidized pump tests are not available for the following conditions:
    • A pump which is in the APEP database already which was previously tested at 30% OPE or less for electric and submersible pumps and 6% OPE or less for natural gas-powered pumps, unless that pump was retrofitted in the interim.
    • Water wells or any other pump where the true total dynamic head cannot be determined. APEP requires that a subsidized pump test be able to calculate overall pumping efficiency (OPE).
    • Any pump powered by less than 25 horsepower as listed on the motor/engine nameplate.

If your project is ineligible for APEP, please note that PG&E has many other energy efficiency programs including the Savings By Design program for new construction projects and the Customized program for installation of energy efficient equipment or systems in existing facilities. Go on line to www.pge.com or call your PG&E account representative for more information.

  • Contact APEP at any time if you have questions concerning eligibility.

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