Event Date

Monday, May 10, 2021
09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

Location Name

Remote Access Only

Join us for a live interactive event on Monday, May 10 at 9:00 a.m. to help inspire future Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) research investments!


The California Energy Commission (CEC) is kicking-off the development of the next EPIC Investment Plan with an event bringing together diverse stakeholders to discuss how future EPIC investments can help bring the benefits of the clean energy transition to California’s underresourced communities.


EPIC provides $133 million annually to support new technological and scientific breakthroughs that can transform California’s electricity sector to meet the state’s ambitious energy and climate policy goals and bring increased benefits to electric ratepayers in the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, and San Diego Gas & Electric Company.


This event seeks the creativity and expertise of community representatives, project developers, researchers, and clean-tech innovators to help inform investment planning by defining desired outcomes from innovative clean energy investments supporting energy resilience, reliability, electrification, efficiency, clean mobility, and renewable generation.


The day will kick off with opening remarks from CEC Chair David Hochschild and California Public Utilities Commissioner (CPUC) Martha Guzman Aceves highlighting the importance of an inclusive clean energy transition. The CEC will introduce attendees to the 2021–25 EPIC Investment Plan process and share best ways to stay involved in the development of the plan. Attendees will then join small groups discussions for collaborative conversations guided by community leaders from across California to capture desired outcomes from investments in clean energy innovation. The goal is to learn from each other, start conversations that can lead to collaboration, and inspire future EPIC research initiatives.


The breakout discussion harvest will gather key takeaways from small group discussions and will be followed by reflections from leaders advancing energy equity, joined by CEC Commissioner Karen Douglas and CPUC Commissioner Martha Guzman Aceves.


EPIC staff will close with optional one-on-one networking with attendees.


This free event is sponsored by the California Energy Commission.


Registration and Agenda:



  • Highlight community priorities to help inspire future EPIC research investments.
  • Learn about further opportunities to engage with the fourth EPIC Investment Plan.
  • Hear from others passionate about bringing clean technologies and solutions to California’s communities.
  • Network to spark new relationships as potential project partners.


MARTHA GUZMAN ACEVES, Commissioner, California Public Utilities Commission
DAVID HOCHSCHILD, Chair, California Energy Commission
KAREN DOUGLAS, Commissioner, California Energy Commission

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