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The Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program

The Advanced Pumping Efficiency Program (APEP) is funded by the Pacific Gas and Electric company (PG&E). It's purpose is to educate and promote electric savings through better and more efficient energy and water use. The program focuses on electrical use of non-residential, PG&E electric or natural gas account that is primarily used for pumping water for the following: Production agriculture; landscape or turf irrigation; municipal purposes, including potable and tertiary-treated (reclaimed) water but excluding pumps used for industrial processes, raw sewage, or secondary-treated sewage.

The APEP program is managed through the continuing efforts of the Center for Irrigation Technology (CIT) at Fresno State.  It is a multi-level program addressing the following important resource management problems in California:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Water Conservation
  • Water Quality
  • Air Quality

The goals of APEP are:

  1. Get highly efficient hardware in the field, including pumping plants, irrigation systems, and water distribution systems.
  2. Ensure that this hardware is managed correctly.

The APEP also offers a pump testing rebate. To qualify Customers must pay the Public Purpose Programs Charge on their utility bill. Customers should call APEP for questions concerning program eligibility.

"IMPORTANT! Program eligibility and requirements have changed as of January 1, 2021.

  1. Only one incentive will be provided for any one pump in a six-year period.
  2. The pump test subsidy is now $100/test if the pump hasn't been tested in the last 2 years. APEP will continue to provide only one subsidized test in any 2-year period (other restrictions may apply).
  3. Additionally, the bowl horsepower of the pump being tested must not be less than 40 hp. 

Policies and Procedures are currently being updated and will be available later.