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Grants to California Private and Public Entities for Applied Research Related to Electrical Systems

Valuation of Investments in Electricity Sector Resilience

GrantWatch ID# 206594
Agency: State

Funding Source
California Energy Commission (CEC)
Funding or PIN Number: GFO-22-302
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Geographic Focus
USA: California

Important Dates
Conference Date: 11/17/22
Deadline: 01/31/23 11:59 PM

Grant Description
Grants to California private and public entities for applied research related to electrical systems. Funding is intended to support data collection and analysis research that will improve resilience in electrical power systems. Special attention should be given to the social impact on Disadvantaged Vulnerable Communities.

This initiative would contribute to the development of methods for valuation of societal benefits (including economic, public health, and other societal benefits) of customer and grid-resilience investments, such as microgrids, distributed generation, and storage. As a starting point, this research would include analyses of recent historical weather-related events and other situations (e.g., PSPS events) that have precipitated power outages as a basis for understanding the types of impacts that could be valued in the context of climate resilience by state and local governments. It would also evaluate the distribution of these events among ratepayers, with particular consideration of equity concerns and impacts on Disadvantaged Vulnerable Communities (DVCs), as defined by CPUC for the climate-vulnerability context.

The purpose of this solicitation is to fund applied research to collect data and apply methods that contribute to the practical understanding and valuation of electricity system resilience for the purpose of guiding investments by Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs) and informing electricity resilience improvements overall. The proposed research is an energy-related environmental research project under the EPIC Interim Investment Plan 2021 initiative “Valuation of Investments in Electricity System Resilience.”  It will support two themes articulated in that plan:

  • Resilience and Reliability;
  • Equity.

Researchers supported by this solicitation will:

  1. Conduct empirically-based analysis of societal costs of widespread long-duration power outages related to weather events, including impacts related to health and public safety risks, financial losses, productivity losses, and any other important disruptions;
  2. Characterize these social impacts, with special attention to Disadvantaged Vulnerable Communities as defined by CPUC (Decision 20-08-046);
  3. Analyze these results in a manner that informs electricity system and community resilience planning and investments beyond traditional benefit-cost paradigms—that is, the results should translate into a framework that can broadly inform the design, development, and selection of resilience and reliability measures; and
  4. Be relevant to ongoing regulatory, planning, technology, research, and valuation efforts related to energy resiliency and reliability, thus producing pertinent research products and communications in this rapidly-evolving area.

A description of the project scope can be found on page 10 of the Solicitation Manual. See Supporting Documents, below.


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Criteria for Eligibility
This solicitation is open to all public and private entities with the exception of local publicly owned electric utilities. In accordance with CPUC Decision 12-05-037, funds administered by the CEC may not be used for any purposes associated with local publicly owned electric utility activities.

Pre-Proposal Conference
Pre-Application Workshop:

Thursday, November 17, 2022
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Remote Access Only

CEC staff will hold one Pre-Application Workshop to discuss the solicitation with potential applicants. Participation is optional but encouraged. The Pre-Application Workshop will be held remotely. Applicants may attend the workshop via the internet (Zoom), or via conference call on the date and at the time and location listed below.

For more information:

Pre-Application Information
- Solicitation Release: 11/08/2022
- Pre-Application Workshop: 11/17/2022 10 a.m.
- Deadline for Written Questions: 11/30/2022 5:00 p.m.
- Anticipated Distribution of Questions and Answers: Week of 12/12/2022
- Deadline to Submit Applications: 1/31/2023 11:59 p.m.
- Anticipated Notice of Proposed Award Posting Date: Week of 3/7/2023
- Anticipated Energy Commission Business Meeting Date: 5/10/2023
- Anticipated Agreement Start Date: 5/17/2023
- Anticipated Agreement End Date: March 31, 2026

The only method of submitting applications to this solicitation is the CEC Grant Solicitation System (GSS).

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 5% minimum of the requested project funds.

Estimated Size of Grant
There is up to $1,200,000 available for grants awarded under this solicitation. The minimum funding amount is $1,000,000. The maximum funding amount is $1,200,000.

Contact Information
Apply Online:

During the solicitation process, direct questions to the Commission Agreement Officer listed below:

Crystal Willis, Commission Agreement Officer
California Energy Commission
715 P, MS-18
Sacramento, California, 95814
Telephone: (916) 529-1108

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