Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC)

The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) established the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) to assist the development of non-commercialized new and emerging clean energy technologies in California while providing assistance to commercially viable projects. EPIC consists of three program areas: (1) Applied research and development; (2) Technology demonstration and deployment; and (3) Market facilitation, consisting of market research, regulatory permitting and streamlining, and workforce development activities. EPIC activities must be designed to produce electricity ratepayer benefits for San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), and Southern California Edison (SCE) customers. The annual EPIC budget of $162 million is collected from customers in electric utility bills at the following levels: PG&E (50.1%), SCE (41.1%), and SDG&E (8.8%). 

The California Energy Commission (CEC) administers 80% of the funding with the ability to invest in all of the approved EPIC activities; SDG&E, PG&E and SCE administer 20% of the funding with funding shares proportional to their respective collections and are limited to investing only in pre-commercial technology demonstrations. The following are links to each of the EPIC investment plans and the CPUC Decisions authorizing their execution and establishing programmatic requirements:

San Diego Gas & Electric (EPIC-1)
San Diego Gas & Electric (EPIC-1)
Pacific Gas & Electric (EPIC-1)
Pacific Gas & Electric (EPIC-1)
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Southern California Edison (EPIC-2)
Southern California Edison (EPIC-2)
2.83 MB
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California Energy Commission (EPIC-2)
California Energy Commission (EPIC-2)
299.43 KB
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California Public Utilities Commission Decision 15-04-020 (for EPIC-2)
California Public Utilities Commission Decision 15-04-020 (for EPIC-2)
7.38 MB
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San Diego Gas & Electric (EPIC-3)
San Diego Gas & Electric (EPIC-3)
1.49 MB
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Decision on EPIC-1 Applications
Decision on EPIC-1 Applications
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Final Decision Phase 2 EPIC
Final Decision Phase 2 EPIC

Email at [email protected]

Key EPIC contacts

EPIC Program Manager
Frank Goodman
(858) 654-1605

EPIC Project Technical Leads

Project ID

Project Title

Technical Lead’s Name

Technical Lead’s Phone Number

EPIC-1 Project 1

Smart Grid Architecture Demonstrations

Frank Goodman

(858) 654-1605

EPIC-1 Project 2

Visualization & Situational Awareness Demonstrations

Amin Salmani

(850) 559-9870

EPIC-1 Project 3

Distributed Control for Smart Grids

Frank Goodman

(858) 654-1605

EPIC-1 Project 4

Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (“DER”)

Amin Salmani
Frank Goodman

(850) 559-9870
(858) 654-1605

EPIC-1 Project 5

Smart Distribution Circuit Demonstrations

Frank Goodman

(858) 654-1605

EPIC-2 Project 1

Modernization of Distribution System & Integration of Distributed Generation and Storage

Frank Goodman

(858) 654-1605

EPIC-2 Project 2

Data Analytics in Support of Advanced Planning and System Operations

Amin Salmani

(850) 559-9870

EPIC-2 Project 3

Monitoring, Communications, and Control Infrastructure for Power System Modernization

Amin Salmani

(850) 559-9870

EPIC-2 Project 4

System Operations Development and Advancement

Amin Salmani

(850) 559-9870

EPIC-2 Project 5

Integration of Customer Systems into Electric Utility Infrastructure

Frank Goodman

(858) 654-1605

EPIC-2 Project 6 Collaborative Programs in RD&D Consortia Amin Salmani (850) 559-9870

Other EPIC Related Sites

Presentations and Reports

SDG&E EPIC Annual Reports

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SDG&E 2012 EPIC Annual Report
SDG&E 2012 EPIC Annual Report
588.33 KB
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SDG&E 2013 EPIC Annual Report
SDG&E 2013 EPIC Annual Report
660.96 KB
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SDG&E 2014 EPIC Annual Report
SDG&E 2014 EPIC Annual Report
742.57 KB
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SDG&E 2015 EPIC Annual Report
SDG&E 2015 EPIC Annual Report
767.42 KB
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SDG&E 2016 EPIC Annual Report
SDG&E 2016 EPIC Annual Report
1,020.43 KB
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SDG&E 2017 EPIC Annual Report
SDG&E 2017 EPIC Annual Report

Workshop and Symposium Presentations

June 22,2016 Workshop

651.38 KB
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SDG&E Data Analytics Project Presentation
SDG&E Data Analytics Project Presentation
191.34 KB
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SDG&E Distributed Control Project Presentation
SDG&E Distributed Control Project Presentation
430.44 KB
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SDG&E Systems Operations Advancements Project
SDG&E Systems Operations Advancements Project

December 1, 2016 Symposium 

552.40 KB
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SDG&E Modernization of Distribution System Project Presentation
SDG&E Modernization of Distribution System Project Presentation
265.53 KB
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SDG&E Smart Grid Architecture Project Presentation
SDG&E Smart Grid Architecture Project Presentation
343.49 KB
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SDG&E Visualization and Situational Awareness Project Presentation
SDG&E Visualization and Situational Awareness Project Presentation

October 18, 2017 Symposium

645.96 KB
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2017 EPIC Fall Symposium Agenda
2017 EPIC Fall Symposium Agenda
823.92 KB
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CPUC Presentation
CPUC Presentation
5.34 MB
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SDG&E Presentation
SDG&E Presentation
2.87 MB
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PG&E Presentation
PG&E Presentation
1.54 MB
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SCE Presentation
SCE Presentation
2.42 MB
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CEC Presentation
CEC Presentation

February 7, 2018 Symposium

1.70 MB
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SDG&E Presentation
SDG&E Presentation

SDG&E EPIC Final Project Reports

11.04 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 1 Smart Grid Architecture Demonstrations Program
EPIC-1, Project 1 Smart Grid Architecture Demonstrations Program
9.38 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 2 Visualization and Situational Awareness Demonstration
EPIC-1, Project 2 Visualization and Situational Awareness Demonstration
8.92 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 3 Distributed Control for Smart Grids
EPIC-1, Project 3 Distributed Control for Smart Grids
28.84 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 4 Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Module 1, Pre-Commercial Demonstration and Value Assessment
EPIC-1, Project 4 Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Module 1, Pre-Commercial Demonstration and Value Assessment
1.20 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 4 Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Module 2, Pre-Commercial Demonstration of Communication Standards for DER
EPIC-1, Project 4 Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Module 2, Pre-Commercial Demonstration of Communication Standards for DER
1.71 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 4 Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Module 3, Pre-Commercial Demonstration of the EPRI DRIVE Tool
EPIC-1, Project 4 Demonstration of Grid Support Functions of Distributed Energy Resources (DER): Module 3, Pre-Commercial Demonstration of the EPRI DRIVE Tool
14.00 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 5 Smart Distribution Circuit Demonstrations: Module 1, Demonstrations of Advanced Circuit Concepts and Devices
EPIC-1, Project 5 Smart Distribution Circuit Demonstrations: Module 1, Demonstrations of Advanced Circuit Concepts and Devices
9.95 MB
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EPIC-1, Project 5 Smart Distribution Circuit Demonstrations: Module 2, Pre-Commercial Demonstration of Methodologies and Tools for Energy Storage Integration into Smart Distribution Circuits
EPIC-1, Project 5 Smart Distribution Circuit Demonstrations: Module 2, Pre-Commercial Demonstration of Methodologies and Tools for Energy Storage Integration into Smart Distribution Circuits
9.21 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 1 Modernization of Distribution System and Integration of Distributed Generation and Storage
EPIC-2, Project 1 Modernization of Distribution System and Integration of Distributed Generation and Storage
2.28 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 2 Data Analytics in Support of Advanced Planning and System Operations
EPIC-2, Project 2 Data Analytics in Support of Advanced Planning and System Operations
8.94 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 3 Monitoring, Communication and Control Infrastructure for Power System Modernization
EPIC-2, Project 3 Monitoring, Communication and Control Infrastructure for Power System Modernization
7.89 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 4 System Operations Development and Advancement
EPIC-2, Project 4 System Operations Development and Advancement
11.74 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 5 Integration of Customer Systems into Electric Utility Infrastructure
EPIC-2, Project 5 Integration of Customer Systems into Electric Utility Infrastructure
1.97 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 6 Collaborative Programs in RD&D Consortia: Module 1, Demonstration of Methodology and Tools for Estimating Propensity for Customer Adoption of Photovoltaics
EPIC-2, Project 6 Collaborative Programs in RD&D Consortia: Module 1, Demonstration of Methodology and Tools for Estimating Propensity for Customer Adoption of Photovoltaics
4.30 MB
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EPIC-2, Project 6 Collaborative Programs in RD&D Consortia: Module 2, Unmanned Aerial Systems Data Lifecycle Management and Deep Learning Demonstration
EPIC-2, Project 6 Collaborative Programs in RD&D Consortia: Module 2, Unmanned Aerial Systems Data Lifecycle Management and Deep Learning Demonstration