Solicitation Type
Grant Funding Opportunity
Solicitation Number
Solicitation Status
Reliability, Renewable Energy & Decarbonization Incentives Division
Distributed Electricity Backup Assets Program
Release Date
Submission Deadline
Questions Deadline
Important: For this solicitation, applications will be submitted using the Grant Solicitation System (GSS). For assistance, please see How to Apply using GSS.


The California Energy Commission’s (CEC’s) Distributed Electricity Backup Assets (DEBA) Program announces the availability of up to $150 million in grant funds for the purchase and installation of efficiency upgrades and capacity additions to existing bulk grid power generators in California that will serve as emergency supply for the state’s electrical grid during extreme events (as defined in Public Resources Code [PRC] section 25790.5[b]). In accordance with the bulk grid assets in the loading order set forth in Distributed Electricity Backup Assets (DEBA) Program Guidelines, First Edition, this solicitation aims to fund eligible projects to strengthen electricity reliability and prioritizes 1) feasible, cost-effective zero- and low-emission resources, and then 2) feasible, cost-effective conventional resources. Grant funding under this solicitation is intended to accelerate project timelines and help fill gaps in the market that are preventing implementation of eligible projects. This solicitation can be referred to as the DEBA/Bulk Grid GFO. 

Additional Information

  • Pre-Application Workshop Presentation (See Solicitation Files)
  • Pre-Application Workshop Attendee List (See Solicitation Files)
  • Pre-Application Workshop Event Recording (See Event Page)
  • Questions and Answers (See Solicitation Files)
  • Addendum 1 (See Solicitation Files)

Solicitation Events

December 18, 2023 | 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only

Solicitation Contact

Please contact the Energy Commission agreement officer within the solicitation manual.