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Electric Program Investment Charge Program

Date Last Updated4/18/2014
Policy TypePublic Benefits Fund
State/FederalCA
Policy Administrator/Contact OfficeCalifornia Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
Policy Initiation Date5/24/2012
Policy SummaryBuilding on a program that ended in 2011, the California Public Utilities Commission established the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) program on May 24, 2012. In Decision 12-05-037, the California Public Utilities Commission approved a total of $162 million annually beginning January 1, 2013, and continuing through December 31, 2020, unless otherwise ordered or adjusted in the future by the California Public Utilities Commission. The California Public Utilities Commission plans to adjust the total collection amount on January 1, 2015, and January 1, 2018, commensurate with the average change in the Consumer Price Index, as specified. The California Energy Commission (CEC) and the three investor-owned utilities (Southern California Edison, Pacific Gas and Electric Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric) administer the EPIC Program funds: the CEC administers about 80% of the funds beginning on January 1, 2013, while the three investor-owned utilities administer about 20% of the funds. The EPIC surcharge averages about $0.0008/kWh for all customer classes.

Although the approved 2012-14 Triennial Investment Plan does not appear to include provisions that would finance CHP projects, it includes research, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation programs that may indirectly promote CHP.

Funding for any CHP projects provided by these resources would be found under related dCHPP incentive types (e.g., loan, grant, or rebate).
CHP Eligibility RequirementsDoes Not Specify
Eligible Project Size (MW)Does Not Specify
Minimum Efficiency Required/
Other Performance Requirements
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