EPIC Strategic Objectives Workshop Process

March - June 2024


Watch the March 19, 2024 Kick-Off Recording

Register for April 2024 Events


The CPUC launched a year-long strategic planning process for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Program in Summer 2023 to establish goals, objectives, and metrics for approximately $1 billion in ratepayer-funded RD&D programs for the EPIC 5 program cycle (2026-2030). The CPUC launched the second half of that planning process in March 2024, developing Strategic Objectives for the program administrators to meet through their upcoming investment plans.

The first half of the process focused on developing Strategic Goals - clear and measurable goals for developing EPIC portfolios. In its most recent EPIC decision (D.24-03-007), the CPUC approved five (5) Strategic Goals for the EPIC Program. The approved Strategic Goals are Transportation Electrification, Distributed Energy Resource Integration, Building Decarbonization, Achieving 100 Percent Net-Zero Carbon Emissions and the Coordinated Role of Gas, and Climate Adaptation.

These goals will be used in program evaluations to measure impacts of EPIC investments in supporting achievement of California's 2045 climate, energy, and equity targets.

This program is funded by California utility customers under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission.

Strategic Objectives Kick-Off Workshop

Virtual

The Strategic Objectives Kick-Off Workshop aims to equip stakeholders with essential knowledge for subsequent technical working group participation by: (1) presenting an overview of the recent CPUC decision and the approved Strategic Goals; (2) outlining the framework of criteria that define Strategic Objectives; and (3) building off innovation gaps as identified in the Strategic Goals workshops.


WATCH RECORDING

March 19, 2024 | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

SPEAKERS
Commissioner Karen Douglas, California Public Utilities Commission

Andrew Barbeau, EPIC PICG Project Coordinator

Fred Beck, California Public Utilities Commission

PRESENTATION

EPIC Impact Analysis Framework and Metrics Workshop

Virtual

The Uniform Impact Analysis Framework is a set of metrics, assumptions, and methodologies designed to measure the progress of EPIC program investments toward meeting EPIC Strategic Goals and Strategic Objectives. D.23-04-042 requires all EPIC Administrators to use the same impact analysis framework and establish metrics to inform improved EPIC program evaluation and oversight, as well as greater transparency for to inform ratepayer benefits.


WATCH RECORDING

April 2, 2024


Commissioner Karen Douglas, California Public Utilities Commission

Andrew Barbeau, EPIC Policy + Innovation Coordination Group Project Coordinator

Fred Beck, California Public Utilities Commission -

Colleen Kredell, California Energy Commission -

Ian Burnside, PG&E
Cynthia Carter, SDG&E
Jordan Smith, SCE
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Jarred Metoyer, DNV -

Kamila Kazimierczuk and Jennifer Yoshimura, PNNL -

Ankit Jain, California Public Utilities Commission -


Transportation Electrification In-Person Working Group #1

In-Person
California Public Utilities Commission, Courtyard Room,
505 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA

An in-person interactive workshops to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Transportation Electrification Strategic Goal. There will not be a virtual component to this event.

Register

April 10, 2024

PRESENTATION

Building Decarbonization In-Person Working Group #1

In-Person
California Public Utilities Commission, Courtyard Room,
505 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA

An in-person interactive workshops to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Building Decarbonization Strategic Goal. There will not be a virtual component to this event.

Register

April 11, 2024

PRESENTATION

Achieving 100% Net-Zero Carbon and the Coordinated Role of Gas In-Person Working Group #1

In-Person
California Public Utilities Commission, Courtyard Room,
505 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA

An in-person interactive workshops to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Getting to 100% Net-Zero Carbon and the Coordinated Role of Gas Strategic Goal. There will not be a virtual component to this event.

Register

April 12, 2024

PRESENTATION

Distributed Energy Resource Integration In-Person Working Group #1

In-Person
San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd STE 200,
San Diego, CA

An in-person interactive workshop to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Distributed Energy Resource Integration Strategic Goal. There will not be a virtual component to this event.

Register

April 30, 2024

Climate Adaptation In-Person Working Group #1

In-Person
San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd STE 200,
San Diego, CA

An in-person interactive workshop to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Climate Adaptation Strategic Goal. There will not be a virtual component to this event.

Register

May 1, 2024

Transportation Electrification Working Group #2

Virtual

A follow-up virtual workshop to the in-person workshop, to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Transportation Electrification Strategic Goal. This event will be virtual only.

May 2024

Building Decarbonization Working Group #2

Virtual

A follow-up virtual workshop to the in-person workshop, to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Building Decarbonization Strategic Goal. This event will be virtual only.

May 2024

Getting to 100% Net-Zero Carbon and the Coordinated Role of Gas Working Group #2

Virtual

A follow-up virtual workshop to the in-person workshop, to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Getting to 100% Net-Zero Carbon and the Coordinated Role of Gas Strategic Goal. This event will be virtual only.

May 2024

Distributed Energy Resource Integration Working Group #2

Virtual

A follow-up virtual workshop to the in-person workshop, to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Distributed Energy Resource Integration Strategic Goal. This event will be virtual only.

May 2024

Climate Adaptation Working Group #2

Virtual

A follow-up virtual workshop to the in-person workshop, to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Climate Adaptation Strategic Goal. This event will be virtual only.

May 2024

Strategic Objectives Final Workshop

Hybrid
California Public Utilities Commission, Courtyard Room,
505 Van Ness Avenue,
San Francisco, CA

A follow-up virtual workshop to the in-person workshop, to support the development of Strategic Objectives for the Climate Adaptation Strategic Goal. This event will be virtual only.

June 2024

Purpose

Strategic Objectives are clear, measurable, and robust targets to guide EPIC investment plan strategies to scale and deploy innovation to align with EPIC's Strategic Goals that:




  • Address the key gaps in critical pathways to achieving California's climate goals,
  • Focus on the unique role ratepayer funded research, development, and demonstration (RD&D) can play in leading innovation investment, and
  • Consider important crosscutting principles identified in the decision.
  • Specifically, D.24-03-007 endorsed principles for crosscutting strategies to be considered in development of the Strategic Objectives. These principles relate to (1) equity, (2) emerging strategies, and (3) safety (including cybersecurity).

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