Sparking Investment in California's Electricity Landscape

The Energy Commission's EPIC investments strategically target gaps in the energy innovation pipeline to bring new solutions to market and make electricity in California safer, more reliable, and less costly. Smarter, safer energy advancements also reduce air pollution, foster economic development, and help achieve policy goals at the lowest possible cost. The Energy Commission's management of research, development, and deployment projects enhances private investment in California, benefitting ratepayers and the economy.

The Energy Commission plans to offer the following funding opportunities to achieve the goals laid out in its EPIC 2012-2014 Triennial Investment Plan . Funding opportunities are done through a competitive grant solicitation process, which is administered by the Research & Development Division at the Energy Commission. More details will be available as each solicitation is issued. Information on this page is provided for planning purposes and is subject to change; opportunities could be reduced, adjusted and/or removed. To receive an email when contracts, notices and solicitations are released, please subscribe to the Opportunity list to the right.

When the upcoming funding opportunities are released via Energy Commission Program Opportunity Notices (PONs), they will be linked to from the chart below. Projects funded by EPIC must fall within at least one of the following program areas identified by the CPUC:

  • Applied Research and Development

  • Technology Demonstration and Deployment

  • Market Facilitation

Projects must also fall within one or more of the strategic objectives and funding initiatives identified in the Energy Commission’s EPIC Investment Plan. All current EPIC PONs will appear on the EPIC Solicitations webpage.

The Energy Commission is committed to increasing the participation of women, minorities, and disabled veterans under its implementation of the EPIC program.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities 2014Funding
Amount
Developing Technology Improvements for a Flexible and Responsive Electricity Grid$5 million
Demonstrating Secure, Reliable Microgrids and Grid-linked Electric Vehicles to Build Resilient, Low-Carbon Facilities and Communities - PON-14-301 $26.5 million
Developing Advanced Energy Storage Technology Solutions to Lower Costs and Achieve Policy Goals - PON-13-302$6 million
Developing a Portfolio of Advanced Efficiency Solutions: Technologies and Approaches for More Affordable and Comfortable Buildings - PON-13-301$25 million
Advancing Cleaner, Less Costly, More Reliable Distributed Generation to Enable Customer Solutions and Zero-Net Energy Communities - Pon-14-303$19.5 million
Creating a Reliable and Predictable Renewable Energy Future: Advancing Utility Scale Renewable Technologies - PON-13-303$9.5 million
Understanding the Environmental Impacts of Electricity Generation & Mitigating Climate Change Impacts to the Electricity System (formerly titled as Building a Renewable Energy Future That Protects Human and Environmental Health)$11 million
Demonstrating Bioenergy Solutions That Support California's Industries, the Environment, and the Grid - PON-14-305$27 million
Bringing Solutions to Scale: Proving New Efficiency and Demand Response Technologies Work for California's Industrial, Water, and Agricultural Sectors$27.3 million

Federal Cost Share

Note: Up to 10 percent of the funding allocated for Applied Research and Development and Technology Demonstration and Deployment strategic objectives can be applied to providing cost share for these types of competitive federal awards.

TBD
Guiding Future Energy Needs, Plans, and Programs Through Commercial End-Use Surveys, Phase I$1 million
Developing Technology, Environmental, and Market Roadmaps and Analysis to Guide our Progress$2 million
Driving the Integration of Electric Vehicles to Maximize Benefits to the Grid$4 million
Advancing Solutions That Allow Customers to Better Manage Their Energy Demand$21.4 million
Leveraging Innovation Clusters to Accelerate Deployment of Early Stage Technologies$27 million
Developing the Smart Grid of 2020: Clean, Safe, and Highly Intelligent$8 million
Establish Strategies for Enhanced Local Regulatory Assistance and Permit Streamlining That Will Accelerate Deployment of Clean Energy Infrastructure$23.3 million
Reducing Costs for Communities and Businesses Through Integrated Demand Side Management and Zero-Net Energy Demonstrations$28 million
Guiding Future Energy Needs, Plans, and Programs Through Commercial End-Use Surveys, Phase II$7 million
Developing a Portfolio of Advanced Efficiency Solutions: Technologies and Approaches for More Affordable and Comfortable Buildings, Phase II$18.3 million
Building a Renewable Energy Future That Protects Human and Environmental Health: Phase II$7 million
Connecting Clean Tech Entrepreneurs, Investors, and Others: Creating the Networks Needed to Bring Energy Innovations to Market$0.8 million
Demonstrating Clean Energy Solutions That Support California's Industries, the Environment, and the Grid$18 million
Measuring Innovation Progress to Guide Future Investment$4.7 million
Human Power: Investing in the Future of California's Clean Energy Workforce$4.5 million

Feedback Opportunities

  • Request for Comments - The Energy Commission is seeking input from interested stakeholders on development of an EPIC grant solicitation. The purpose of the grant solicitation will be to advance innovative approaches and tools to improve planning and permitting for high-priority clean energy technologies within California investor-owned utility (IOU) service territories. Posted September 17, 2014.
    Comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. on October 1, 2014.

  • Request for Comments - Development of a grant solicitation for electricity-related clean energy apprenticeship and journeyman training programs. Posted June 6, 2014.
    Comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. on June 20, 2014.

Additional feedback opportunities will be posted when ready.


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