Energy company increases incentives for those recovering from wildfires
SAN FRANCISCO — Pacific Gas and Electric Company announced it will increase financial incentives for energy-efficient construction practices in homes or businesses rebuilt after a wildfire.
Customers participating in the Advanced Energy Rebuild initiative will receive incentives to adopt building practices now that will become required for all new construction in 2020. The enhanced incentives will be available to customers who lost a building in a recent major wildfire like the Carr or Camp fires.
“These new financial incentives cover some, if not all, of the additional cost of higher-efficiency appliances and building improvements like insulation, advanced windows, air sealing and heat pumps for water and space heating,” said Aaron Johnson, a vice president in PG&E’s electric operations. “The result is a more comfortable and sustainable building with lower utility bills for generations to come. We realize our customers have many priorities and challenges right now, and hopefully this program will help,”
The Advanced Energy Rebuild program was originally developed by Sonoma Clean Power and PG&E after the October 2017 wildfires in the North Bay. Today’s announcement makes the same program available to all areas impacted by wildfire — not just Sonoma and Mendocino County customers.
Customers wanting an early indication of the program requirements can review the Advanced Energy Rebuild website at http://cahp-pge.com/advanced-energy-rebuild/ or for further inquiry email Rebuild@pge.com. Funding for the program is from public service program surcharges on utility bills that are designed to increase conservation and energy efficiency in California.
Source: Pacific Gas& Electric
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