• Research and Development

    Research, demonstration, and deployment (RD&D) programs are an essential part of the effort to achieve California’s climate and energy policy goals. As California moves toward a clean energy future, the technologies and practices that keep the state’s electricity and natural gas systems safe, reliable and affordable must be modernized.

    Each of the RD&D programs drives investment in new and emerging energy technologies and solutions that provide benefits to Californians. By testing ideas and sharing results publicly, these programs help investors, innovators, and policymakers plan efficiently for California’s clean energy future.

    Energy R&D Programs

    The CPUC oversees three large R&D programs and coordinates actively with a range of interagency research working groups in the climate, bioenergy, environmental, and other areas.

    Electricity System Innovations: Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC)

    The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) supports the development of non-commercialized new and emerging clean energy technologies in California, and provides assistance to commercially viable projects. EPIC consists of three program areas:

    1. Applied research and development: Investments in earlier-stage technologies and strategies
    2. Technology demonstration and deployment: Investments at real-world scales to test emerging innovations
    3. Market facilitation:  Investments in market research, regulatory permitting and streamlining, and workforce development activities ($15 M/year).

    EPIC activities must be designed to produce electricity ratepayer benefits.

    The Commission oversees the implementation of the EPIC program, which is administered by four program administrators:

    • The California Energy Commission (CEC), which administers 80 percent of the funds
    • The three large electric investor-owned utilities (PG&E, SCE, and SDG&E), which administer 20% of the funds.

    Each administrator submits an EPIC Investment Plan for three-year periods. The CPUC approved the first investment plan, for the 2012-2014 cycle, in November 2013. The 2015-2017 Investment Plan was approved in April 2015.

    Supercomputing for a Resilient Electric Grid: California Energy Systems for the 21st Century (CES-21)

    California Energy Systems for the 21st century (CES-21) is a first-of-its-kind effort to use the power of supercomputing to improve the cybersecurity of our electric system and integrate emerging renewable technologies into the grid. The CPUC and three large electric investor-owned utilities are collaborating with Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory to improve and expand energy systems to meet 21st century needs.

    Safer, Modernized Gas Systems: Natural Gas Research and Development Program

    This program funds the development and deployment of improved natural gas technologies and practices. Established by the CPUC in 2004, pursuant to Assembly Bill 1002, the program is administered by the California Energy Commission’s R&D Division. Each March, the Energy Commission files an annual proposal for the investment of up to $24 million in technologies and strategies to improve California’s natural gas system. The Commission issues a Resolution approving or modifying these proposals.

    Participate in Proceedings


    2018-2020 Investment Plans

    2015-2017 Investment Plans

    2012-2014 Investment Plans

    EPIC Rulemaking R.11-10-003  

    • D.12-05-037 Phase II Decision establishing the EPIC Program (May 24, 2012)
    • D.11-12-035 Phase I Decision establishing the interim EPIC funding levels (December 15, 2011)

    Senate Bill 96 (SEC. 22. Section 25711.5) Legislative Mandates for the EPIC Program


    To add yourself to a service list, email Process Office@cpuc.ca.gov and include the proceeding number, your name, title, organization, address, phone number, and e-mail.  The Process Office will email you to confirm your addition to the service list.

    Events and Documents

    EPIC Evaluation Workshop, September 20, 2017

    EPIC Evaluation Final Report (September 8, 2017)

    EPIC 3 (2018-2020) Investment Plans Workshop, September 8, 2017

    E-4863 Resolution addressing PG&E’s request for approval of six new EPIC projects via Tier 3 Advice Letter AL 5015-E 


    For more information about the EPIC Program, visit


    Jonathan Lakey, lead analyst, at (916)327-6786 or jonathan.lakey@cpuc.ca.gov.

    You may also email energy@cpuc.ca.gov or call our hotline at 415-355-5586. To look up any staff member at the CPUC, please see the CPUC Phone list.

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