Regional Equity Maps

Following guidance from the California Public Utilities Commission, I-REN will design programs that provide energy efficiency to hard-to-reach or underserved customers and disadvantaged communities.

CPUC Equity Definitions


"Underserved community" meets one of the following criteria:  

  • Is a "disadvantaged community" as defined by subdivision (g) of Section 75005 of the Public Resources Code.
    • a community with a median household income less than 80% of the statewide average. 
    • Severely disadvantaged community” means a community with a median household income less than 60% of the statewide average.  
  • Is included within the definition of "low-income communities" as defined by paragraph (2) of subdivision (d) of Section 39713 of Health and Safety Code.  
    • “Low-income communities” are census tracts with median household incomes at or below 80 percent of the statewide median income or with median household incomes at or below the threshold designated as low income by the Department of Housing and Community Development's list of state income limits adopted pursuant to Section 50093.  
  • Is within an area identified as among the most disadvantaged 25 percent in the state according to the California Environmental Protection Agency and based on the most recent California Communities Environmental Health Screening Tool, also known as CalEnviroScreen.  
  • Is a community in which at least 75 percent of public school students in the project area are eligible to receive free or reduced-price meals under the National School Lunch Program.  
  • Is a community located on lands belonging to a federally recognized California Indian tribe.  


“Underserved business group”:

  • women, minority, and veteran-owned businesses  
  • businesses in low-wealth, rural, and disaster-impacted communities included in a state or federal emergency declaration or proclamation  

Hard to Reach Customer criteria:

  • Geographic:   
    • Customers or customer premises in areas other than the United States Office of Management and Budget Combined Statistical Areas of the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Los Angeles Area and the Greater Sacramento Area or the Office of Management and Budget metropolitan statistical areas of San Diego County,   
      OR  
    • Customers or customer premises in disadvantaged communities, as identified by the California Environmental Protection Agency pursuant to Health and Safety Code Section 39711.    
  • Language:  
    • Primary language spoken is other than English.   
  • Small Business:  
    • Business Size – 25 or fewer employees and/or classified as Very Small (Customers whose annual electric demand is less than 20 kilowatt (kW), or whose annual gas consumption is less than 10,000 therm, or both),   
      AND/OR   
    • Leased or Rented Facilities – Investments in improvements to a facility rented or leased by a participating business customer.  
  • Residential:   
    • Income – Those customers who qualify for the California Alternative Rates for Energy, Energy Savings Assistance, or the Family Electric Rate Assistance Programs,   
      AND/OR    
    • Housing Type – Multi-family and Mobile Home Tenants (rent and lease).  
  • California Native American Tribes 
    • Do not need to meet any additional criteria.