Self-Generation Incentive Program 

The CPUC's Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP) provides incentives to support existing, new, and emerging distributed energy resources. SGIP provides rebates for qualifying distributed energy systems installed on the customer's side of the utility meter.  Qualifying technologies include wind turbines, waste heat to power technologies, pressure reduction turbines, internal combustion engines, microturbines, gas turbines, fuel cells, and advanced energy storage systems. 

SGIP reopened to energy storage applicants on May 1, 2017. Demand for energy storage incentives was very high and Step 1 for energy storage was closed after one week. Step 2 for energy storage applicants opened on June 5, 2017. For the most current information on the status of SGIP, please visit the SGIP program metrics page by clicking here.

The total SGIP incentive budget authorized through 2019 is approximately $566,692,310. SGIP will reserve 79% of these incentives for energy storage projects and 21% of its incentives for generation projects. Nearly 11% of the energy storage reservation will be reserved for residential energy storage projects less than or equal to 10kW in size, and 52% of the generation reservation will be reserved for renewable generation projects. The table below summarizes the SGIP budget by step and technology category.

CPUC Decision 17-10-004 created the SGIP Equity Budget, which will be implemented beginning with Step 3. This Equity Budget will be allocated 25% of SGIP funds already allocated for energy storage projects, and will provide incentives for customer-sited energy storage in disadvantaged communities and low-income communities in California. Customers eligible for Equity Budget incentives include non-profits, small businesses, educational institutions and governments. Customers in low-income housing may also access Equity Budget incentives and are eligible even if they do not reside in a disadvantaged community or low-income community. For more information on the Equity Budget, please consult this press release.

 

Step 1

Step 2

Step 3

Step 4

Step 5

Total

 

Renewable Generation

 

$20,663,203

$20,482,578

$20,482,578

N/A

N/A

$61,628,359

General Generation (includes renewable and non-renewable)

 

$19,073,726

$18,906,996

$18,906,996

N/A

N/A

$56,887,718

Large Scale Energy Storage

(> 10kW)

 

$42,728,094

$102,959,451

$75,890,956

$75,890,956

$32,046,071

$329,515,528

Small Residential Energy Storage

(≤ 10kW)

 

$7,540,252

$14,232,625

$10,526,843

$10,526,843

$5,655,189

$48,481,752

Energy Storage Equity Budget

 

N/A

N/A

$28,805,933

$28,805,933

$12,567,087

$70,178,953

Total

 

$90,005,275

$156,581,650

$154,613,306

$115,223,732

$50,268,347

$566,692,310

 

For the most up-to-date information on the current status of the SGIP budget and whether or not a particular step is open or closed, please visit the SGIP home page by clicking here. In particular, the SGIP site has information on statewide budget status, as well as the status individually for PG&E, SCE, CSE and SoCalGas

RESIDENTIAL ENERGY STORAGE CUSTOMERS: If you plan to apply for your own SGIP incentives, you will need to register as a developer on the SGIP website and receive a developer key to complete your application. Please click here for more information on applying for a developer key. Please click here for a FAQ specific to your proposed incentives.

Recent News and Quick Links 

  • October 13, 2017: CPUC issues Resolution E-4887 updating the definition of "developer" for the purpose of the SGIP developer cap.
  • October 13, 2017: CPUC issues D.17-10-004 creating the SGIP Equity Budget.
  • October 11, 2017:  Energy Division releases final 2016 SGIP Advanced Energy Storage Impact Evaluation (click here for the report)
  • October 9, 2017:  Energy Division releases final 2016 SGIP Program Administrator Performance Evaluation (click here for the report)
  • September 15, 2017:  PG&E hosts fourth SGIP Quarterly Workshop (click here for slides)
  • June 5, 2017: Step 2 for energy storage opens. Step 1 for generation remains open.
  • June 2, 2017: Assigned Commissioner Rechtschaffen issues Ruling seeking comment on proposed changes to SGIP related to distribution of incentives to disadvantaged communities and ensuring grid benefits of all SGIP energy storage systems.
  • May 1, 2017: SGIP reopens to energy storage applications.
  • April 10, 2017: SGIP portal opens to begin preparing draft applications (applications may not be formally submitted until May 1, 2017; but you may begin drafting applications before that time). To go to the SGIP portal home page, please click here. To download a copy of the 2017 SGIP Handbook, click here.
  • April 6, 2017: CPUC approves D.17-04-017 doubling the SGIP annual budget for 2017-2019.
  • March 10, 2017: Quarterly SGIP Workshop to discuss implementation of new SGIP rules and portal (Slides are available here).
  • February 23, 2017: SGIP administrators submit redlined 2017 draft SGIP Handbook to the CPUC for approval.
  • December 12, 2016:  Staff Workshop to discuss data collection for measurement and evaluation, and draft measurement and evaluation plan for 2016-2020 (Slides are available here).
  • November 7, 2016:  Final SGIP Impact Evaluation Report for 2014-2015 released
  • June 23, 2016: Decision D.16-06-055: CPUC adopts SGIP program reforms
  • March 21, 2016:  Staff Workshop to discuss February 23rd SGIP Launch (Slides are available here)
  • D.15-11-027 establishes new GHG compliance rules.
  • November 23, 2015: 2015 SGIP Cost-Effectiveness Report Released
  • April, 2015: 2013 SGIP Impact Report Released
  • SGIP proceeding R.12-11-005 docket card includes links to all other Rulings, Comments and Decisions

Applying for SGIP Incentives 

For information on how to apply for incentives in your area, please contact the Program Administrator for your utility:
  

SGIP Measurement and Evaluation

SGIP Measurement and EvaluationSGIP conducts regular reports to monitor and evaluate the impact of the program and the administrative processes of the Program Administrators. The full list of reports can be found on this page.

SGIP Weekly Projects & Budget Reports

  • The SGIP Weekly Projects report is available here.      
  • The SGIP budget report is updated regularly and is available here.  

SGIP Regulatory Proceeding Documents 

SGIP Handbook 

To view the latest edition of the Self Generation Incentive Program Handbook, click here.

Program Modification 

Applicants who would like to propose new technologies or specific program modifications for consideration by the SGIP Program Administrators and the CPUC must complete the Request Form contained in the Program Modification Guideline, here. 

Contact Us

Please contact the Program Administrator for your utility, as identified above, for information on applying for SGIP incentives.  For general inquiries concerning SGIP and the CPUC's role in managing the program, please contact Patrick Doherty, Regulatory Analyst at pd1@cpuc.ca.gov or (415) 703-5032.

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