The seven-member ETCC consists of California’s four investor-owned utilities (IOUs)—Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison, Southern California Gas Company, and San Diego Gas & Electric—the California Energy Commission, Sacramento Municipal Utility District, and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power. All ETCC members conduct emerging technologies projects in support of utility customer programs aimed at reaching California’s aggressive energy, demand, and GHG reduction goals.
The California IOUs, under the auspices of the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), conduct emerging technologies projects under the Emerging Technologies Program and the Emerging Markets and Technology Program that seek to identify, validate, and recommend new measures to ratepayer-funded program administrators.
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) and Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) administer programs with similar objectives under the authority of their respective boards of directors.
The California Energy Commission (CEC) administers utility ratepayer-funded advanced energy technology research programs, including the Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) and Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) programs.
The IOUs, SMUD, LADWP, and the CEC participate in the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council to ensure efficient project collaboration and alignment on California state policy and regulatory priorities and to promote findings from ETCC members’ respective efforts. Collectively, ETCC members support the technology advancement continuum from research and development to assessment of technology performance and measure adoption by utility customers through incentive programs.
California Energy Commission
The California Energy Commission (CEC) is the state's primary energy policy and planning agency. Established by the Legislature in 1974 and located in Sacramento, the CEC is guided by seven core responsibilities as it sets California energy policy. These include forecasting future energy needs, promoting energy efficiency by setting the state's appliance and building efficiency standards, supporting energy research that advances science and technology, developing renewable energy resources, advancing alternative and renewable transportation fuels and technologies, certifying thermal powerplants 50 megawatts and larger, and planning for and directing state response to energy emergencies.
The CEC’s Research and Development program is structured to move solutions from lab to life while protecting clean air and water and creating lower-cost, safer, and more reliable energy as well as increased choices for consumers. The major areas are energy efficiency and demand response; renewable energy and advanced generation; transportation; research into the environmental aspects of energy; transmission and distribution, smart grid, storage, and other infrastructure tools to integrate renewable energy into energy systems; and natural gas pipeline safety. Additionally, market facilitation assistance is provided to address the nontechnical barriers to the success of emerging energy solutions, such as providing commercialization assistance to entrepreneurs, investing in a trained workforce, and helping to overcome regulatory hurdles. Approximately $150 million in research funds is available annually.
For information on our programs and upcoming solicitations, visit energy.ca.gov/research.
Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
The City of Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) is the nation’s largest municipal water and power utility, delivering water and electricity to 3.8 million people in a cost-effective and environmentally responsible manner. LADWP is transforming its water and power supplies, creating a clean and coal-free future through the development of renewable sources such as solar, wind, and geothermal; investing in energy efficiency; and reducing reliance on more expensive, imported water by expanding local water supplies through efforts in water conservation, water recycling, and storm water capture.
Recognizing energy efficiency as a key element in the transformation of its power supply, LADWP set a cumulative 10-year energy goal of 15 percent energy savings between 2010 and 2020 and more than doubled its budget for Efficiency Solutions, the group responsible for energy efficiency. LADWP’s programs encompass residential and commercial incentives for retrofits and new construction, direct installations, technical assistance, and incentives for retrocommissioning, industrial process, and refrigeration efficiency measures. LADWP recently formalized its Emerging Technologies Program, joined the Emerging Technologies Coordinating Council and actively seeks to accelerate the introduction of innovative energy- and water-efficient technologies, applications, and analytical tools not yet widely adopted in California. LADWP’s objective is to encourage their commercialization and adoption throughout Los Angeles.
For more information, visit ladwp.com.
Pacific Gas and Electric Company
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E), incorporated in California in 1905, is one of the largest combination natural-gas-and-electric utilities in the U.S. Based in San Francisco, the company is a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation. The company provides natural gas and electric service to approximately 15 million people throughout a 70,000-square-mile service area in Northern and Central California.
As a provider of electricity and natural gas to approximately 40 percent of Californians and 1 in 20 Americans, PG&E recognizes that the way it produces and delivers its products and serves its customers has a direct impact on the environment. PG&E understands that environmental excellence is necessary to be a leader in the industry and to the success of its business. A healthy environment is also necessary for the well-being and vitality of its customers, employees, and the communities they serve—as well as society at large. PG&E is taking a lead in various parts of its business, including delivering some of the nation’s cleanest electric power, bringing more renewable energy to its customers, and supporting customers through a robust array of customer energy solutions that include energy efficiency, demand response, and solar programs and incentives.
For more information, visit pge.com.
Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) began serving Sacramento in 1946 and is now the nation’s sixth-largest public electric utility, serving approximately 610,000 business and residential customers and a total population of 1.4 million. Customer satisfaction surveys consistently rank SMUD first in California and as one of the highest-rated utilities in the nation.
In 2007, the SMUD board of directors set the ambitious goal of helping customers reduce their power use by 15 percent over 10 years. In addition to providing customers with rebates and loans on energy-efficient appliances and upgrades, SMUD’s research and development group is known throughout the industry for its innovative work in supporting new energy solutions.
SMUD’s R&D group played a major role in the development of solar and wind applications and is currently involved with energy storage and electric vehicle fast-charging and other emerging technologies.
For more information, visit smud.org.
San Diego Gas & Electric
San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day.
SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego with 2013 revenues of more than $10.5 billion. The Sempra Energy companies’ 17,000 employees serve more than 31 million consumers worldwide.
SDG&E was founded in 1881 as the San Diego Gas Company to provide gas service to a fledgling city with a population of 3,000. Electric facilities were first acquired in 1887. Enova Corporation, the former holding company of SDG&E, merged with Pacific Enterprises in June 1998 to form Sempra Energy.
For more information, visit sdge.com.
Southern California Edison
For over 125 years, Southern California Edison (SCE) has been committed to delivering safe, reliable, affordable, and clean electricity service today and for the future to Southern and Central California.
More than 14 million people rely on SCE for power. SCE provides expert tips, tools, and programs to help Californians conserve and save. From rebates on energy-smart appliances and home upgrades to incentives and smart monitoring tools, SCE makes it easier for households to control their energy usage. California businesses turn to us for programs, services, and education designed to help heighten energy efficiency for bottomline results. In fact, over the past five years, SCE has helped its customers save up to 7.6 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity—enough to power 1.1 million homes for an entire year. These savings reduce GHG emissions by 3.2 million metric tons, the equivalent of removing 684,000 cars from the road.
For more information, visit sce.com.
Southern California Gas Company
As the nation's largest natural gas distribution utility, Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) delivers clean, safe, and reliable energy to 21.8 million consumers through 5.9 million meters in more than 500 communities.
SoCalGas is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Its service territory encompasses approximately 24,000 square miles in diverse terrain throughout Central and Southern California, from Visalia to the Mexican border. For 150 years, SoCalGas has served its territory as a responsible and engaged environmental leader, employer, and neighbor. With safe, clean, affordable, reliable, and abundant domestic sources of natural gas, SoCalGas's innovation is fueling new possibilities in California.
Southern California is SoCalGas’s home, too. SoCalGas strives to improve the quality of life in its communities by maintaining a diverse workforce, working with suppliers that represent and reflect the communities it serves and giving back through charitable contributions and employee volunteer activities. Like other investor-owned utilities in the state, SoCalGas's operations are regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission and other state and federal agencies.
For more information, visit socalgas.com.