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Frequently Asked Questions

Is the ETCC the same as ETP?

No, the ETCC is a collaborative of seven member organizations, each with emerging technology assessment responsibilities within their organization and a common mission to help fulfill California legislative and policy objectives. The California statewide Emerging Technologies Program (ETP) is funded by California IOU ratepayers under an energy efficiency proceeding, under the auspices of the CPUC, to identify and assess new solutions to meet customer energy efficiency and demand response needs. See History: Origins of ETP and ETCC.

How does ETCC determine its research direction?

The ETCC does not set any overall research agenda or strategy; rather, ETCC members set their own agendas. All ETCC members support California legislative and policy priorities to the extent allowed by their program funding and directives.

I am interested in applying for funding from the ETCC for developing or testing my innovative technology. How can I apply?

The ETCC does not have a budget and does not provide grants or funding for projects. Individual ETCC members may have budgets to conduct emerging technology assessments and projects but reserve the right to decide whether assessments are warranted and to select the contractor who will conduct the project. Those interested in having their new technology considered for inclusion in a utility program may submit ideas through the Idea Proposal Form.

We would like to invite the ETCC to speak at a conference, act as a peer reviewer, provide feedback on market transformation program ideas, partner on a project, etc.

The ETCC is a collaborative, and no one member speaks for the entire collaborative. The ETCC is happy to forward such requests to individual ETCC members for their consideration, whose participation will be solely as a representative from their own organization.

If the ETCC is not the same as the ETP, why are ETP reports hosted on the ETCC website?

ETP reports from all four IOUs and SMUD are hosted on the ETCC website for the convenience of users wishing to learn about prospective new measures for utility demand side management programs. The CEC has a wider charter, from R&D to commercialization and market facilitation, of technologies that are intended to fulfill policy and legislative objectives beyond energy efficiency. CEC reports are hosted on its Energy Innovation Showcase.

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The ETCC is funded in part by ratepayer dollars and the California IOU Emerging Technologies Program, the IOU Codes & Standards Planning & Coordination Subprograms, and the Demand Response Emerging Technologies (DRET) Collaborative programs under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission. The municipal portion of this program is funded and administered by Sacramento Municipal Utility District and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power.