Member News

What you need to know about BMP 1.4 Reporting

Monday, September 28, 2015
I’ve received several questions about Retail Conservation Pricing this past week, and implementation of this BMP can get complicated, but I’ll give you an overview on the BMP and how to report on it in this week’s blog. Prior to July 1st of this year, there were two basic methods or “Options” for implementation. For both of these options, determination of whether a utility is “on track” is based, in part, on the utility’s annual revenue as reported to the Council. Option 1 evaluates the portion of utility revenue that comes from volumetric charges on customers’ water bills. To be “on track,” a utility must derive at least 70% of its revenue from such charges. Option 2 uses rate design models to calculate a utility-specific percentage of volumetric revenue. Since July 1st, Council members can use new “Option 3.” This option uses a point scale from a three-section matrix. Option 3 reporting, including a spreadsheet tool, was highlighted during a recent Council webinar.  That video is available for members to view on the Council website. []

BMP Reporting: help with terms, requirements, and finding resources

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

If you are new to BMP Reporting, this blog will offer information that may make the process easier for you to understand. I’ll define key terms, discuss reporting requirements, and tell you about existing resources that are available for your use. I’ll also answer some reporting questions I’ve received from other members. For instance, regarding logins, you will need to use your general member login to read the rest of this blog. This is different from the BMP Reporting login that allows you to access the separate reporting database to enter and/or submit your agency’s data. 

Highlighting a Member’s Innovative Program:

Contractor performance payments for following a water budget and achieving water savings

Friday, September 11, 2015

The San Diego County Water Authority and San Diego Gas & Electric recently co-sponsored a program to improve landscape irrigation for commercial properties with dedicated landscape meters. The program offered $1,700 to landscape contractors able to reduce average annual water use by 20 percent over a 12-month period from an established baseline.  Participants were required to manage landscapes to a water budget. Additionally, incentives were offered for labor and materials to 1) fix leaks, 2) reduce pressure, and/or 3) install irrigation efficiency upgrades to improve irrigation distribution uniformity.  

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