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. 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 e-mail when contracts, notices and solicitations are released, please subscribe to the Opportunity list to the right.

When the below upcoming funding opportunities are released via Energy Commission Program Opportunity Notices (PONs), they will be linked to from the chart below. All current EPIC PONs will appear on the EPIC Solicitations webpage.

Upcoming Funding Opportunities, Beginning March 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$26.5 million
Advancing Grid-Level Energy Storage Innovation to Achieve Policy Goals, Lower Costs, and Spur Investment$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$19.5 million
Creating a Reliable and Predictable Renewable Energy Future: Advancing Utility Scale Renewable Technologies$9.5 million
Human Power: Investing in the Future of California's Clean Energy Workforce$4.5 million
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$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
Upcoming Funding Opportunities, Beginning July 2014Funding
Amount
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

Upcoming Feedback Opportunities

Clean Energy Apprenticeship Program: The Energy Commission will be soliciting input from stakeholders to inform the development of a grant solicitation for apprenticeship programs that address workforce-related barriers to clean energy deployment in investor-owned utility service areas.April 2014

Additional feedback opportunities will be posted when ready.


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