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A stronger energy grid for customers and communities
We're taking steps to improve the strength and reliability of the energy grid. There are steps that you can take, too.
Self-Generation Incentive Program (SGIP)
SGIP provides financial incentives for installing battery storage or generation equipment. If your agency or community has been affected by Public Safety Power Shutoffs, consider applying to the program.
Energy efficiency financing
PG&E offers no-interest financing to government agencies, tribes and businesses for energy efficiency projects to manage energy needs.
We have tools and information available to help you plan for your backup power needs. This includes details on loans and financing available to agencies, tribes and stakeholders.
Community Microgrid Enablement Program (CMEP)
A microgrid is an electric system that can operate independently from the energy grid. We help communities plan and implement their own microgrid projects. This can include technical expertise and cost offsets.
Community Microgrid Technical Best Practices Guide
Microgrids can be complex. Our guide outlines technical best practices to assist communities in designing single- and multi-customer microgrids. This document provides key technical information and approved methods for deploying community microgrids.
Community Choice Aggregator (CCAs) programs
Local CCAs can offer more funding for reliability resilience projects. Check with your local CCA to learn more.
Critical customers and local government support
We encourage customers to coordinate reliability efforts with their city, county, or tribe. Our CMEP offers support for local agencies to develop microgrids of their own. CMEP also offers support to some business customers.
Tax incentives for reliability projects
Some state and federal agencies offer a credits to help strengthen communities.
Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program (DDAR)
PG&E supports people with disabilities, medical and independent living needs, and older adults before, during and after Public Safety Power Shutoffs. We do this in collaboration with the California Foundation for Independent Living Centers (CFILC). This includes funding for backup portable batteries for medical devices, hotel/food vouchers, accessible transportation and emergency planning.
Interconnection and grid planning tools
Resources are available to help customers interested in interconnecting systems larger than 30 kilowatts to PG&E's electric grid. A potential Interconnection Customer (IC) should first decide which program their generating facility will operate under.
Learn about behind-the-meter interconnection (larger systems):
- Net Energy Metering with Paired Storage (NEM-PS)
- Net Energy Metering for Fuel Cells (NEMFC)
- Multiple Tariff (NEM2-MT)
Grid planning tools
PG&E's maps can help you identify information to help you site a reiliability project. Resources through:
- Integration Capacity Analysis (ICA) Map – PG&E's ICA map helps contractors and developers choose potential sites for distributed energy resources (DERs). The ICA map contains detailed information about the electric distribution system. This includes information about physical infrastructure, load performance and existing and queued generators. The ICA map can also simulate whether the electric grid can accommodate new DERs. It can identify possible issues that would impact the reliability and power quality of a potential connection. Identifying issues early in the process can help our customers avoid costs or changes in their project timeline.
- Distribution Investment Deferral Framework (DIDF) Map – PG&E's DIDF map is designed to help contractors and developers find information on potential project sites for DERs. Grid needs are identified by distribution planners based on the grid's ability to meet forecasted demand in the Grid Needs Assessment (GNA) report. These needs are addressed by planned investment projects, some of which are flagged as candidates for deferral by DERs in the Distribution Deferral Opportunity Report (DDOR).
- California Independant System Operator (CAISO) Interconnection Study and Reports – CAISO can provide you with helpful interconnection studies and reports. Topics include resource adequacy deliverability, impacts on neighboring systems and the relationship between generation interconnection and the ISO's transmission planning process.
- PG&E Interconnection Queue (XLSX) – This document has information about past distribution interconnection applications. It contains information about the location, requested capacity and status of past projects. This can help you determine how much capacity is being sought in particular areas, which may impact the amount of capacity available.
California Energy Commission resources
Information about funding opportunities that the California Energy Commission offers that advance the state’s transition to clean energy and transportation.
Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program
EPIC invests in scientific and technological research to accelerate the transformation of the electricity sector .
California Commission's Tribal Program
Find out how the program helps conduct effective government-to-government cooperation, collaboration, communication, and other activities with California Native American tribes.
Empower Innovation Network
Get timely leads on funding and new connections to accelerate your work and advance a clean economy for all.
Helping you prepare and get support
Know what to do when outages or unexpected events occur.
Community Resource Centers
We open Community Resource Centers (CRC) in counties impacted by a Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS).
211 is a free, confidential service available to anyone. It provides support to connect you with local resources.