Electric Program Investment Charge

Docket # 12-EPIC-01



The California Public Utilities Commission established the purposes and governance for the Electric Program Investment Charge in Decision 12-05-037 for Rulemaking 11-10-003 on May 24, 2012. In this decision, the CPUC designated the Energy Commission as one of four administrators of the program and required administrators to submit coordinated investment plans to the CPUC for consideration no later than November 1, 2012. The other designated administrators are Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company, each of which are charged with administering a portion of the EPIC Program funding.

The portion of the EPIC Program administered by the Energy Commission will provide funding for applied research and development, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation for clean energy technologies and approaches for the benefit of ratepayers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company through a competitive grant solicitation process. Projects must address strategic objectives and funding initiatives as detailed in the appropriate EPIC Investment Plan.

The Energy Commission's development work on the EPIC investment plan is being conducted in accordance with recent legislation, Senate Bill 1018 (Statutes of 2012, Chapter 39), as well as the Energy Commission's broad authority under Public Resources Code Sections 25216 (c) and 25401.

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

The Energy Commission is also committed to providing the benefits of clean energy to California’s Disadvantaged Communities. In December 2016, the Energy Commission adopted a target for 25 percent of EPIC Technology Demonstration and Deployment (TD&D) funding to be allocated to projects sited in disadvantaged communities, under Senate Bill 350 (De León, 2015). Additionally, on October 7, 2017, Governor Jerry Brown signed Assembly Bill 523 (Reyes, 2017) into law, adding an additional requirement of EPIC’s technology demonstration and deployment funds to be allocated to projects located in and benefitting low-income communities. The bill also requires the Commission to take into account the adverse localized health impacts of proposed projects to the greatest extent possible, when applicable.


For more information about the Electric Program Investment Charge Program administered by the Energy Commission, please contact:

Erik Stokes
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-51
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-5283
E-mail: Erik.Stokes@energy.ca.gov

Lorraine Gonzalez
California Energy Commission
1516 Ninth Street, MS-51
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: (916) 445-5295
E-mail: Lorraine.Gonzalez@energy.ca.gov

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