GoGreen Home Energy Financing Regulations

Current Regulations

Regulatory Actions

Regular Rulemaking

The California Alternative Energy and Advanced Transportation Financing Authority (CAEATFA) held a public hearing regarding proposed modifications to the regulations for the GoGreen Home Energy Financing Program on July 14, 2022.

View the presentation materials.

CAEATFA issued a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking with proposed regulation text for the regular rulemaking process for the GoGreen Home Program on May 27, 2022. The public comment period ran from May 27 through July 14, 2022 and is now closed. These regulations will complete the emergency rulemaking process by which regulations were enacted on May 24, 2021, readopted on March 23, 2022 with modifications, and readopted again on June 22, 2022.

CAEATFA will submit the proposed regulations to the CAEATFA Board for approval at the August 16, 2022 Board meeting. Following approval by the Board, CAEATFA will submit the proposed regulations to the Office of Administrative Law, with expected approval by mid-September 2022.

These regulations are comprised of changes made during the emergency regulations process that are proposed to be made permanent. These include rules for a streamlined pathway for Microloans; inclusion of additional Eligible Energy Efficiency Measures; the addition of a Channel Partner role to assist lenders with marketing, deal generation and Program enrollment; and reducing the net worth requirement for finance companies in order to facilitate participation of newer entrants to the energy efficiency financing space. Additionally, the changes allow lenders to receive a credit enhancement for the financing of measures that correspond to a non-IOU fuel source, in the event that CAEATFA secures a source of non-ratepayer Energy Efficiency funding for the Program.

The proposed modifications also ease operations for lenders, support high-volume loan enrollment and facilitate automated reporting. Other clarifications and minor modifications are proposed.

6/20/22 Emergency Regulations Re-adopted

On June 20, 2022, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved the emergency regulations for the GoGreen Home Energy Financing Program. These regulations are effective until September 20, 2022.

The proposed regulations were publicly noticed, considered, and approved by the CAEATFA Board at a public meeting held on May 17, 2022.

The regulation amendments readopted here respond to challenges, lessons learned, and extensive stakeholder feedback received while implementing GoGreen Home. Amendments include rules for a streamlined pathway for Microloans; inclusion of additional Eligible Energy Efficiency Measures; the addition of a Channel Partner role to assist lenders with marketing, deal generation and Program enrollment; and reducing the net worth requirement for finance companies in order to facilitate participation of newer entrants to the energy efficiency financing space. Additionally, the changes allow lenders to receive a credit enhancement for the financing of measures that correspond to a non-IOU fuel source, in the event that CAEATFA secures a source of non-ratepayer Energy Efficiency funding for the Program.

CAEATFA is also simultaneously working through the Regular Rulemaking process to make these changes permanent. Please see below for more information.

3/23/22 Emergency Regulations Enacted

On March 23, 2022, the Office of Administrative Law (OAL) approved emergency regulations amendments to the GoGreen Home Energy Financing Program. These amended regulations are effective until June 22, 2022.

The subject of the proposed readoption of the modified regulations for GoGreen Home was discussed at a public workshop on January 6, 2022, and CAEATFA invited public comment through January 14, 2022. Following the workshop, CAEATFA made additional changes based on stakeholder input.

The proposed regulations were publicly noticed, considered, and approved by the CAEATFA Board at a public meeting held on February 15, 2022.

The modifications add clarity and resolve ambiguities, facilitate participation of newer entrants to the energy efficiency financing space, and help facilitate the addition of new funding sources

8/25/21 Non-Substantive Change to Emergency Regulations Enacted: Name Change

On August 25, 2021, the OAL approved and filed with the Secretary of State non-substantive amendments to the emergency regulations, changing the name of the program from the Residential Energy Efficiency Loan Assistance Program (REEL) to the GoGreen Home Energy Financing Program (GoGreen Home). This name change does not affect any regulatory provisions or requirements. The name change aligns the program name with the public-facing platform, GoGreenFinancing.com.

View the approval notice from the Office of Administrative Law.

The emergency regulations remain in effect until March 23, 2022.

5/24/21 Emergency Regulations Enacted

On May 24, 2021, OAL approved the emergency regulation amendments to REEL. These amended regulations are effective until March 23, 2022. Per Executive Orders N-40-20 and N-71-20, two 60-day extensions have been added to the 180 days for emergency regulations.

View the approval notice from the Office of Administrative Law..
View the Notice and Finding of Emergency.

The subject of the proposed amended regulations for REEL was discussed at a public workshop on March 12, 2021, and CAEATFA invited public comment through March 19, 2021. Following the workshop, CAEATFA made additional changes, based on stakeholder input.

The proposed regulations were publicly noticed, considered, and approved by the CAEATFA Board at a public meeting held on April 20, 2021.

The amendments are intended to ease operations for lenders, support high-volume loan enrollment and facilitate automated reporting. They add new eligible measures, improve rules around safety testing and create a pathway for the program to begin enrolling microloans. Additionally, the changes allow lenders to receive a credit enhancement for the financing of measures that correspond to a non-IOU fuel source, in the event that CAEATFA is able to secure a source of non-ratepayer funding for the program

Summaries of Regulations Modifications

May 2021 Modifications Summary for Contractors

May 2021 Modifications Summary for Lenders