Why This Matters to You
Once adopted by the Commission, the Business Plans will provide overarching sector-specific intervention strategies for each of the six sectors: residential, commercial, industrial, agriculture, public, and cross-cutting. These Business Plans set the stage for the future development of Implementation Plans that ultimately drive the formation, administration, and implementation of energy efficiency programs in California. Your involvement in the review and comment process ensures that your voice is heard early in the process.
Further, the knowledge gained from the Business Plan input process will enable you to be better informed when the Implementation Plans are in development and awaiting comment.
Draft Business Plan Comment Process
The process to provide comments is simple. Visit the Business Plans page of the CAEECC website and review the Business Plan Guidance documents and PA Draft Business Plans. Input should be submitted via the provided templates by November 21, 2016.
Business Plan Guidance documents
We encourage you to review the Business Plan guidance documents when starting the review process.
As an example, CAEECC has published the NRDC’s presentation ‘Summary of Business Plan v. Implementation Plan per D.15-10-028’. Summarized from the Commission’s Decision D.15-10-028, the Draft Business Plans should:
- Explain at a high level how the PAs will achieve objectives of Strategic Plan;
- Include strategy interventions and approaches (not programs) with associated general budget;
- Show what the PA intends to accomplish in each sector in the short term and long term; and
- Have general info regarding expected levels of annual spending for the duration of the business plan.
Comment Templates for Draft Business Plans
CAEECC has provided comment templates in Word or Excel for the draft Business Plans that contain additional guiding “Considerations for reviewing and providing comments on Full PA Business Plans” and in-template instructions for providing observations and recommendations.
What Happens Next?
Once all comments have been collected, the Program Administrators will review the comments, make appropriate changes to their plans as needed, and post their final Business plans on Jan 15th, 2017.
From there, the Commission will review the plans for completeness and will determine if additional clarification is needed or provide a Commission guidance decision adopting the Business Plan. The guidance decision adopting the plan will set budget expectations to be more fully developed in annual budget filings.
Shea Dibble | WHPA Director, Regulatory Affairs and Policy