Energy Upgrade California® is a statewide initiative. It is created to help Californians save energy, preserve natural resources, becoming more energy independent, and make informed choices about their energy use. California is on a mission to double their energy efficiency and hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 40% before 2030. This would take the state back to emission levels that existed prior to 1990. This goal will be difficult to achieve, but rebate programs, such as those offered in Energy Upgrade California, will allow building owners to more actively participate.
This initiative was created to both motivate and educate California residents and small businesses. In a large, densely-populated state, it is necessary to understand individual output and impact on the environment. Energy Upgrade California is supported by the California Public Utilities Commission, the California Energy Commission, utilities, regional energy networks, local governments, Community Choice Aggregation, businesses, and nonprofits. They assist communities in meeting state and local energy and climate action goals, and their funding comes from investor-owned energy utility customers (under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission and the California Energy Commission).