ESNA Conference and Exhibition | November 5-7, 2019 in San Diego, California

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California Energy Commission Workshop

California Energy Commission - Energy Storage Funding Opportunities Workshop

This ESNA on November 6, California Energy Commission staff will conduct a workshop to solicit input from stakeholders to help the Energy Commission’s Research and Development Division better identify future research needs related to increasing energy storage in California and what future research areas would be the most effective in advancing energy storage technologies closer to successful commercial implementation. 

November 6, 2018
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Pasadena Convention Center
Room 211
300 East Green Street
Pasadena, California
(Wheelchair Accessible)
California has set aggressive goals for achieving a low carbon future.  Recent legislation Senate Bill 100 (De León, Chapter 312, Statutes of 2018) requires 100 percent zero carbon electricity by 2045. Energy storage will play a significant role in helping the state meet these new goals.  The state has established energy storage goals under Assembly Bill 2514 (Skinner, Chapter 469, Statutes of 2010) and AB 2868 (Gatto, Chapter 681, Statutes of 2016) for the California Investor Owned Utilities (IOUs) to procure up to 1,825 megawatts of energy storage by 2020. Currently, there are a limited number of energy storage options for either in front of or behind the meter applications, and it is not expected that these systems can scale to the production level or price range necessary to help California meet its goals.
New, more capable energy storage technologies or improvements to existing technologies are needed to address these growing utility grid and transportation system needs. Additionally, as technologies approach commercialization, manufacturers may need independent testing to demonstrate performance in targeted applications to obtain the necessary financing for commercial deployment. The California Public Utilities Commission established the purposes and governance for the Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) in Decision 12-05-037 for Rulemaking 11-10-003 on May 24, 2012. In this decision, the CPUC designated the Energy Commission as one of four administrators of the program and required administrators to submit coordinated investment plans to the CPUC for consideration no later than November 1, 2012. The other designated administrators are Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company, each of which are charged with administering a portion of the EPIC program funding. The portion of the EPIC program administered by the Energy Commission will provide funding for applied research and development, technology demonstration and deployment, and market facilitation for clean energy technologies and approaches for the benefit of ratepayers of Pacific Gas and Electric Company, San Diego Gas & Electric Company, and Southern California Edison Company through a competitive grant solicitation process. Projects must address strategic objectives and funding initiatives as detailed in the appropriate EPIC Investment Plan. The EPIC program is currently executing the Energy Commission’s Third Triennial EPIC Investment Plan. A copy of this plan can be reviewed at:
The EPIC program is approved to receive approximately $130 million annually to execute the Third Triennial EPIC Investment Plan. Historically, the EPIC program invests ten to twenty percent of the available funding on energy storage related research. This workshop will review the planned energy storage related research defined in the approved Third Triennial EPIC Investment Plan.
ESNA is the largest conference, exhibition and networking event covering all applications of grid storage in North America. ESNA is organized and managed by Strategen Consulting and Messe Dusseldorf North America, and is part of the larger World of Energy Storage events happening in Europe, India, China and Japan. ESNA connects utilities, developers, energy users, policy makers and other key stakeholders from around the world to advance the understanding and deployment of energy storage, and to ultimately build a cleaner, more affordable and more resilient grid. The Energy Commission’s Research and Development Division is holding this workshop in the same facilities as ESNA to engage the large, diverse number of energy storage event attendees so they can learn about the EPIC program and consider participating in future open solicitations in the energy storage technical area offered by the EPIC program.  
While there is a fee to attend all the events sponsored by ESNA, there is no fee to attend this Energy Commission Workshop; however, seating space is limited so to ensure space is available to attend this workshop, attendees are recommended to register online at:
Workshop Scope
This workshop will provide an opportunity for the Energy Commission’s Energy Research and Development Division to meet with early stage and commercial energy storage developers, researchers, utilities, and end users to discuss challenges in the market. The Commission will seek input on a variety of potential research topics, including opportunities to support development of emerging technologies for particular use cases, needs and opportunities for performance field demonstrations of emerging and near-commercial energy storage technologies for specific use cases, and the need for planning tools or models to ensure effective and efficient deployment across the state. The information may help identify research priorities for future grant funding opportunities as defined in the Energy Commission’s 2018-2020 Triennial Electric Program Investment Charge Investment Plan.
As part of this workshop, the Commission staff will provide background information on the EPIC program and review some of the past research activities on energy storage funded by the EPIC program. The Commission may have a few past recipients discuss their experiences working on Energy Commission grant funding opportunities.
Energy Commission staff is seeking input on the following:
1.            For emerging storage technologies, what research support would most bring your technology to commercial viability and which end-use applications are you targeting? What new research grant opportunities would be the most beneficial in supporting these commercial advancements?
2.            For pre-commercial or near-commercial energy storage technologies, what types of demonstration projects would be most useful to inform the finance industry and end users to consider energy storage procurements in the future. Which end-use applications are considered the most beneficial for your energy storage technology? What scale of demonstration project is considered the most valuable to end customers, utilities and project financiers in relationship of size and overall cost/value?
3.            For all technologies, what other research activities for emerging energy storage technologies would provide the most benefit to the state in meeting the defined future clean energy goals?  
4.            Are there existing planning tools or models that could be expanded or new tools or models that would assist the state in deploying energy storage throughout the state most efficiently and effectively? Are there existing models that can be used to help define the optimum location, size and time duration for energy storage that will help the state meet future SB100 renewable integration and resulting grid management goals?
5.            Is there a need for a state supported independent energy storage testing facility that would accelerate the commercial acceptance of new and emerging energy storage technologies?  If so, what level of testing would be needed in relationship to system size, rating and duration.
Public Comment 
Oral comments. 
Staff will accept oral comments during the workshop. Comments may be limited to three minutes per speaker. Any comments may become part of the public record in this proceeding.
Written comments.  
Written comments should be submitted to Mike Gravely at 4:00 p.m. on November 30, 2018. Note: the maximum file size for attachments is 10 MB. Written comments will be also accepted at the workshop, however, staff may not have time to review them before the conclusion of the meeting.