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

Project initiatives include:

  • Demonstrate real-time data integration and visualization for distributed energy resources.
  • Evaluate benefits and use cases of a single-interface software platform.
  • Provide single-interface software as a tool for distribution operators and engineers/power quality end users.
  • Test visualization tools and alarms.
  • Provide information for a future technology roadmap for the Distributed Energy Resource Management Systems (DERMS) platform.

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EPIC 1.08 - Distribution System Safety and Reliability through New Data Analyics Techniques

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. 
Download Pacific Gas and Electric Company EPIC 1.08 (PDF, 2.44 MB).


EPIC 1.24 - Demonstrate Demand-Side Management (DSM) for Transmission and Distribution (T&D) Cost Reduction

The project sucessfully provided and tested the performance of a near real-time window of PG&E's Air Conditioning (AC) Direct Load Control (DLC) system, which utiliizes one-way switch control devices. This allowed us to improve our ability to estimate AC DLC impacts at the distrubution 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. 
Download Pacific Gas & Electric Company EPIC 1.24 (PDF, 4.1 MB).