Quarterly Empower Procurement progress summaries.

Findings from Empower Procurement surveys.

Video resources about carbon-conscious purchasing.

Resources for meeting California’s Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20).


View recordings of past Empower Procurement events.

View sample contracting language for product and service solicitations.

Impact Reports

These quarterly reports provide a summary of program progress to date.


Buyer Survey: Barriers & Opportunities Memorandum | June 10, 2019

The two main goals of the California Opportunities for Procurement to Accelerate Clean Energy (Cal-OP ACE) Program are to 1) increase the uptake of Distributed Energy Resource1 (DER) technologies and 2) increase opportunities for in-state DER sellers to gain access to the institutional marketplace. To inform the design of the Cal-OP ACE program (hereinafter referred to as “the program”), the project team at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL) conducted a Buyer Survey assessing the needs, barriers, and opportunities for DER technologies procurement amongst California organizations across the state’s major sectors (e.g., healthcare, higher education, K-12 schools, state and local government, retail, tech, etc.) Data from this survey provides information that will help shape intervention strategies that the program deploys.


Procurement Policy for Energy Savings

Take a look at how the Empower Procurement team engages with clients and our process to provide key insights for more carbon-conscious purchasing. This custom-built Policy Development workshop was delivered to key staff at California Community Colleges as part of our work for the Practices Procurement Initiative (PI). Lawrence Berkeley National Lab leads research for this PI and developed this webinar.

Code Compliance

All regulated products sold or offered for sale in California must meet the state’s Appliance Efficiency Regulations (Title 20). Some of these products include:

  • Computers & monitors
  • Small battery chargers
  • Portable air conditioners

To be considered compliant, all Title 20-regulated appliances manufactured after the standard effective date must be certified to the California Energy Commission Modernized Appliance Efficiency Database System (MAEDbS). This publicly available database lists all regulated products that can legally be sold or offered for sale in California. To learn more about the MAEDbS and how to use it, view Energy Code Ace’s Title 20 Essentials: California Appliance Standards for Retailers, Distributors, Contractors and Importers training, which describes how to verify compliance before offering a Title 20-regulated product for sale. Although buyers themselves are not required to verify compliance, compliance awareness is essential for organizational procurement processes and can lead to energy and cost savings.

For more information on how to comply with Title 20, please visit or contact