Business Programs

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City of Palo Alto Utilities offers a number of programs for businesses.  Click on the titles to find out more.

Benchmarking Your Building

Energy benchmarking is the practice of tracking a building’s energy usage and using a standard metric to compare the building’s measured energy performance over time and to similar buildings nationwide.

Benchmarking Your Building

Business Advantage Program

The Business Advantage Program is designed to help customers save energy, money, and improve indoor air quality while recovering from the economic impacts of COVID-19.

Business Advantage Program

Cap and Trade Program

The State of California's Cap and Trade program is a central element of the California Global Warming Solutions Act or AB 32, and covers major sources of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the State such as refineries, power plants, industrial facilities and transportation fuels. Under cap and trade, the State sets an overall limit or "cap" (which will decline over time) on GHG emissions. Entities subject to the cap will be able to trade permits (allowances) to emit GHGs.  Hence, the system is called "cap and trade." Each allowance is a permit to emit a metric ton of carbon dioxide (or an equivalent amount of other GHGs). The net result of the declining cap is emissions for the state as a whole will be reduced over time.  

Cap and Trade Program

Clean Local Energy Accessible Now (CLEAN)

CLEAN (Clean Local Energy Accessible Now) is a program to purchase electricity generated by renewable energy generation systems located in CPAU’s service territory, which coincides with the city boundaries. Programs like this, known in the industry as "feed-in tariff" programs, involve a utility paying a fixed price (tariff) for the power that is "fed into" their electric grid from local generation system

CLEAN

Commercial Advantage Program

The Commercial Advantage Program is an energy efficiency incentive program for commercial, industrial, and public sector customers of the City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU). Upgrade your facility with more efficient equipment and receive rebates from CPAU.

Commercial Advantage Program

Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) Commercial and Industrial Energy Efficiency Program provides commercial and industrial (C&I) customers with a free high-level assessment of their facility's energy usage and concrete recommendations for saving energy. 

Commercial & Industrial Energy Efficiency Program

MeterLinks

The City of Palo Alto Utilities is offering its business customers a new way to access real-time energy data for facility energy management and cost control. The Meterlinks program enables customers to view and track building energy use, analyze consumption trends and identify opportunities for greater efficiencies to help control business operating costs. Interval data can support billing for time-based electricity rates (time-of-use, critical peak pricing, peak time rebates, hourly pricing, peak demand, etc.).

MeterLinks

Multifamily Plus Program

The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) Multifamily Plus Program helps multifamily building owners upgrade housing for energy efficiency and get ready for electric vehicles (EVs).

Multifamily Plus Program

Program for Emerging Technologies

CPAU launched this program in 2012 in order to partner with individuals and companies who want to evaluate, test and implement innovative emerging technologies. The goal is to find and nurture creative products and services that will manage and better use electricity, gas, water, and fiber optic services.

Program for Emerging Technologies

Water Rebates