Research and Development
Electric Program Investment Charge
The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) is designed to assist the development of non-commercialized new and emerging clean energy technologies in California, while providing assistance to commercially viable projects. EPIC consists of three program areas funded at a total of $162 million/year:
- Applied research and development ($55 M/year);
- Technology demonstration and deployment ($75 M/year); and
- Market facilitation, consisting of market research, regulatory permitting and streamlining, and workforce development activities ($15 M/year).
EPIC activities must be designed to produce electricity ratepayer benefits.
The Commission oversees the implemenation of the EPIC program, which is administered by four program administrators: The California Energy Commission (CEC), and the three large electric investor-owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E), with 80% of the funds allocated to CEC and 20% to the utilities. The CPUC conducts a public proceeding to review the administrators' investment plans every three years starting in 2012 and ending in 2020.
EPIC Investment Plans from each administrator are submitted for three-year periods. On November 1, 2012, each of the Program Administrators submitted their respective initial triennial investment plans for 2012-2014 to the CPUC for consideration and each plan was approved by the Commission on November 14, 2013. The Program Administrators will be holding competitive solicitations, grant awards to successful bidders, and report the award recipients in their February 28 annual report filings.
In spring 2014, the administrators filed initial 2015-2017 Triennial Investment Plans for EPIC funds, reopening the public proceeding at the CPUC considering these plans. These applications, containing the 2015-2017 investment plans are listed below by proceeding number.
California Energy Systems for the 21st Century
California Energy Systems for the 21st century (CES-21) is a first-of-its-kind effort to use the power of supercomputing to improve the cybersecurity of our electric system and integrate emerging renewable technologies into the grid. The CPUC and the three California Investor Owned Electric Utilities are collaborating with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to improve and expand energy systems to meet 21st century needs.
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Participate in Proceedings
Docket Cards for Rulemakings and Applications by Program Administrator and Investment Plan Cycle:
Recent Updates and Documents
- D.13-11-025 Decision approving the four program administrators' initial triennial EPIC investment plan applications (November 14, 2013)
- D.12-05-037 Phase II Decision establishing the EPIC Program (May 24, 2012)
- D.11-12-035 Phase I Decision establishing the interim EPIC funding levles (December 15, 2011)
- Senate Bill 96 (SEC. 22. Section 25711.5) Legislative Mandates for the EPIC Program
Contacts, Resources, and Links
For more information about the EPIC Program, visit
Maria Sotero is the CPUC Energy Division lead analyst for EPIC and CES-21. She can be reached at email@example.com or 415-703-2494.
To contact the EPIC or CES 21 staff at the CPUC with a question specific to the CPUC, you may also email firstname.lastname@example.org or call our hotline at 415-355-5586. To look up any staff member at the CPUC, please see the CPUC Phone list.