Grants to California private and public entities to research effective clean electricity options for the state. Funding is intended for activities related to energy enhancement; alternative energy sources such as wind, solar, and hydroelectric generation; and analysis and improvement of climate resilience of an electricity system in transition.
The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research that will support climate resilience planning for California’s ongoing transition to a clean electricity system in accordance with Senate Bill (SB) 100 goals. The proposed research will improve electricity system modeling of the effects of climate change and particularly climate extremes on electricity supply and demand over the next few decades, a period in which both electricity supply and demand are expected to rapidly evolve to achieve California’s 2030 and 2045 decarbonization goals. The proposed research will also support the design of technology research that is responsive to climate impacts on electricity supply and demand and targeted to California’s future electricity system versus the system of today. The objective is to ensure that California’s decarbonizing grid is resilient to future climate extremes and reliably distributes the benefits of clean energy to all Californians. The proposed research is expected to leverage products of two ongoing efforts funded through EPIC Grant Funding Opportunity GFO-19-311, including: Climate projections based on the most current climate models that deliver key parameters of interest relevant to the electricity system serving California—including those that have been elusive due to limitations in prior generations of models—at spatial and temporal resolutions that are meaningful to inform electricity sector vulnerability assessment, resilience strategies, demand forecasting, and infrastructure planning (EPC-20-006). A data platform and analytics engine designed to deliver climate and weather-related data to energy sector stakeholders in a manner that enables integration of climate-related trends and parameters into decision support, modeling, and planning (EPC-20-007) This effort will reduce vast amounts of data from sophisticated climate projections into useful information for key stakeholders, including the research teams funded through this solicitation. Projects must fall within one of the following project groups: Group 1: Assessing and improving the climate resilience of an electricity system in transition Group 2: Climate-related changes to availability and distribution of solar, wind, and hydroelectric generation Group 3: Cal-Adapt enhancements to support energy sector stakeholders For additional information on these groups, see page 6 of the Solicitation Manual, in Supporting Documents, below. At least 25% of available Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) technology demonstration and deployment funding must be allocated to project sites located in, and benefiting, disadvantaged communities; and an additional minimum 10% of funds must be allocated to projects sites located in and benefiting low-income communities.