EPIC Program - Innovation is Alive and Thriving in California
- Apr 18, 2020 2:40 am GMT
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.