Pacific Gas and Electric Company Retail Plug-Load Portfolio (RPP) Trial
In an innovative attempt to address the growing issue of residential plug-load in the State
of California, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the Sacramento Municipal
Utility District (SMUD) launched the Retail Plug-Load Portfolio (RPP) Trial in 2013 and 2014.
The RPP Program uses a mid-stream design to influence retailers to demand, stock, and sell
a greater proportion of energy efficient models of home appliances and consumer
electronics in targeted product categories, which will ultimately result in residential
customer energy and demand savings. Retailers are paid per-unit incentives for every
program-qualified model that they sell during the program period. Program-qualified models
are typically models that meet or exceed the minimum ENERGY STAR specification in each
The RPP Trial was conducted with a single participating retailer, in 26 participating stores.