Electric Program Investment Charge

About Us

The Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program will enable PG&E to work with the other California investor-owned utilities and the California Energy Commission to develop Smart Grid technology demonstration and deployment programs. In 2012, PG&E proposed its plan to the California Public Utilities Commission to use $49 million to fund 26 electricity projects.

Our project initiatives include:

  • Demonstrating energy storage technologies for renewables integration, integrating and analyzing large datasets to optimize asset risk management
  • Advancing the grid operations center capabilities for the future
  • Demonstrating potential use of Electric Vehicles as a resource to improve grid power quality and reduce customer outages
  • Leveraging the AMI technology platform to improve customer service and offerings

EPIC 1 Featured Projects

Projected Timeline
Estimated timeline for the three trineal investment plans for EPIC.

EPIC Close Out Reports

  • EPIC 1.08 - Distribution System Safety and Reliability through New Data Analytics Techniques (PDF, 2.4 MB)
    The project demonstrates a visualization and decision support system to support PG&E’s risk management efforts to enhance public and system safety, as well as improve asset management strategies and investment plans.

  • EPIC 1.24 - Demonstrate Demand-Side Management (DSM) for Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Cost Reduction (PDF, 4.1 MB)
    The project successfully provided and tested the performance of a near real-time window of PG&E’s Air Conditioning (AC) Direct Load Control (DLC) system, which utilizes one-way switch control devices. This allowed PG&E to improve their ability to estimate AC DLC impacts at the distribution system level to better understand the localized impact of AC direct load control devices on meeting distribution feeder level reliability concerns. It also enabled near real-time visibility of AC direct load control installations to support Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Operations and provided Demand Response (DR) program administrators with near real-time feedback on any problems with direct load control devices before, during or after an event is called, which supports T&D operational improvements.

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