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EPIC Program - Innovation is Alive and Thriving in California

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Experienced Energy Program Management Leader with a demonstrated history of leadership in the electric utilities industry as well as in product design and engineering companies.

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The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) is a statewide, customer-funded program that enables PG&E, other California Investor-Owned Utilities and the California Energy Commission (CEC) to execute emerging technology demonstration and deployment projects that address emergent grid needs. The projects also provide safe, reliable and affordable services and advance California energy policies in a cost-effective manner.

EPIC’s focus is to demonstrate pre-commercial or not yet widely commercialized strategies and technologies in the utility environment and then guide the most promising toward broader deployment strategy for the benefit of electricity customers.

Since the program launched in 2014, PG&E has completed 34 EPIC projects (with many ongoing), gaining tremendous insights around grid resiliency and risk reduction, asset management, customer enablement, advanced integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and applied data science for better decision making, among others.

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/pacific-gas-and-electric-company_the-electric-program-investment-charge-epic-activity-6654166824722268160-AOEZ

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Matt Chester on Apr 20, 2020

Really interesting, thanks for sharing Daniel.

Since the program launched in 2014, PG&E has completed 34 EPIC projects (with many ongoing), gaining tremendous insights around grid resiliency and risk reduction, asset management, customer enablement, advanced integration of Distributed Energy Resources (DER), and applied data science for better decision making, among others.

Can you tease out what some of the ongoing EPIC projects are right now and/or anything exciting in the pipeline that customers and utility stakeholders may be able to look forward to?

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Daniel Ohlendorf on Apr 29, 2020

Absolutely Matt.  Our EPIC 3 plan is located at the link below, and includes the full list of potential projects we may explore.  You will notice an increased focus on resiliency, as well as some great work in the microgrid space and continued advancement in data and analytics.

https://www.pge.com/pge_global/common/pdfs/about-pge/environment/what-we...

 

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