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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:

  1. Applied research and development ($55 M/year);
  2. Technology demonstration and deployment ($75 M/year); and
  3. 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 program 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 CEEC and 20% to the utilities. The CPUC oversees the program and conducts a public proceeding to develop the administrators' investment plans every three years starting in 2012 and ending in 2020.

On November 1, 2012, each of the Program Administrators submitted their respective initial triennial investment plans to the CPUC for consideration and each plan was approved by the Commission on November 14, 2013. The Program Administrators will be holding competitive soliciations, grant award to successful bidders, and report the award recipients in their February 28, 2014 annual report filing. The CPUC will continue to oversee the implementation of the EPIC program and will begin the deliberation process for the second triennial investmeny cycle in early 2014 once the program administrators file their second round of invetment plan applications with the CPUC.

California Energy Systems for the 21st Century

California Energy Systems for th 21st Century (CES 21) is a first-of-its-kind effort to use the power of supercomputing to improve the cybersecurity of our electric sysemn 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 (LLNL) to improve and expand energy systems to meet 21st Century needs.

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Participate in Proceedings


  • While the EPIC Proceeding has recently been closed, the next triennial investment plan applications will be submitted to the CPUC for deliberation in early 2014.
  • R.11-10-003 EPIC Rulemaking Docket Card 
  • A.12-11-001 California Energy Commission Investment Plan Docket Card
  • A.12-11-002 San Diego Gas and Electric Investment Plan Docket Card
  • A.12-11-003 Pacific Gas and Electric Investment Plan Docket Card
  • A.12-11-004 Southern California Edison Investment Plan Docket Card
  • Subscribe to the EPIC Service Lists 

CES 21

Recent Updates and Documents

Contacts, Resources, and Links

For more information about the EPIC Program, visit


To contact the EPIC or CES 21 staff at the CPUC with a question specific to the CPUC, please email or call our hotline at 415-355-5586.  To look up any staff member at the CPUC, please see the CPUC Phone list.


Last Modified: 7/17/2014

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