Background on Energy Efficiency Reporting:

In response to the energy crisis of 2000-2001, the Energy Commission, the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) and the California Power Authority developed "the loading order" as a joint policy vision articulated in the Energy Action Plan and in the 2003 Integrated Energy Policy Report (IEPR). The loading order defines a set of preferences for meeting California's future energy resource needs, starting with energy efficiency and conservation, including demand response, then adding new generation first through renewable energy resources and distributed generation, and finally by improving infrastructure including repowering or adding new natural gas-fired generators. The CPUC and the Energy Commission are working together to develop electricity and natural gas savings goals for the Investor-Owned Utility (IOU). Starting in 2004, CPUC adopts energy efficiency goals, conducts various potential studies and performs evaluation, measurement and verifications for IOUs.

California's POUs are not regulated by the CPUC and have not been subject to the same energy efficiency mandates as the IOUs. The federal Energy Policy Act of 1992 required POUs' to report on energy efficiency to the federal Western Area Power Administration (WAPA). Since the early 1990s, WAPA requires POUs to file Integrated Resource Plans (IRP) every five years with annual progress reports. In the IRP, each POU is required to evaluate energy efficiency as an energy supply alternative. Also, California Municipal Utilities Association, in close collaboration with Northern California Power Agency (NCPA) and the Southern California Public Power Authority on behalf of 40 POUs, annually files an energy efficiency status report with the Energy Commission.