The Benefits of Clean Energy Research

The deadly and destructive fires of the past few years along with the findings from the California Fourth Climate Change Assessment highlight some of the impacts California can expect if greenhouse gas emissions are not drastically reduced.

To help meet the state’s climate goals, new clean energy solutions are developed and commercialized to decarbonize the electricity sector. The EPIC program invests more than $130 million annually. EPIC-funded research is helping to:

  • Expand the use of renewable energy.
  • Build a safe and resilient electricity system.
  • Advance electric technologies for buildings, businesses, and transportation.
  • Enable a more decentralized electric grid.
  • Improve the affordability, health, and comfort of California’s communities.
  • Support California’s local economies and businesses.

Broader Participation Equals Greater Innovation

The Energy Commission is committed to increasing diversity in the energy sector, and women-owned, minority, disabled veteran, and LGBTQ business enterprises are encouraged to apply for funding opportunities.

The Energy Commission is also committed to ensuring all Californians benefit from clean energy research. It has set a goal to have 25 percent of EPIC technology demonstration and deployment funding allocated to sites located in, and benefiting, disadvantaged communities and an additional 10 percent allocated to sites located in, and benefiting, low-income communities.

Visit the links below to learn more about the EPIC program.

The EPIC program, which the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established in 2012, supports public interest investments in clean energy research.

Ratepayers from the state’s three largest investor-owned utilities – Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), Southern California Edison (SCE), and San Diego Gas and Electric (SDG&E) – fund the program.

The Energy Commission manages 80 percent of the program, with PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E administering the remainder.


Related Events

December 11, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 05:00 PM
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
The Energy Commission will hold its regularly scheduled business meeting. The agenda is online and available for this meeting. Please go to
December 12, 2019 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
1st Floor, Charles R. Imbrecht Hearing Room
California Energy Commission (CEC) staff, in consultation with Energy and Environmental Economics, Inc. (E3), will present and summarize the Solar + Storage Modeling Tool developed by E3 under Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) agreement EPC-17-004, “Enhanced Modeling Tools to Maximize Solar + Storage Benefits”.
December 16, 2019 | 12:30 PM - 03:30 PM
Charles R. Imbrecht Hearing Room
California Energy Commission (CEC) staff will conduct a staff workshop to seek input from stakeholders on forthcoming solicitation regarding climate scenarios and analyses to support electricity sector vulnerability assessment and resilient planning.
December 16, 2019 | 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Art Rosenfeld Hearing Room
Energy Commission staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged. Applicants may attend the workshop in-person, via the internet (WebEx, see instructions below), or via conference call on the date and at the time and location listed below.

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