GFO-20-304 – Evaluating Bi-Directional Energy Transfers and Distributed Energy Resource Integration for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Fleet Electrification

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The purpose of this solicitation is to fund technology demonstration and deployment (TD&D) research projects that enable and evaluate resilience, renewable integration, and cost management use cases for medium- and heavy-duty (MDHD) plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs).


Electrification of these large weight-class vehicles is challenging and costly due in part to their high-power charging needs and more demanding duty cycles as compared to light-duty vehicles. Up to $22M in funding is available for projects that: advance hardware and software tools for managed bi-directional energy transfer from electric school buses (Group 1); or advance hardware and/or software to integrate MDHD PEVs and charging equipment with a behind-the-meter distributed energy resource (DER) package that includes distributed generation, stationary storage, and an energy management system (Groups 2-3). In each group, projects will improve the functionality of key enabling technologies and aim to reduce equipment and integration costs, leading to improved total cost of ownership for MDHD PEV fleets. This solicitation supports the 2018-2020 Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) Investment Plan Initiatives: S2.3.1 “Development of Customers’ Business Proposition to Accelerate the Integrated Distributed Storage Market” and S3.2.1 “Grid-friendly Plug-in Electric Vehicle Mobility.”

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible Applicants:

  • Nonprofit
  • Public Agency

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.

Eligible Geographies:

This solicitation requires that at least one demonstration & deployment site be in a Disadvantaged Community.

Matching Funding Requirement:

Match funding is required in the amount of at least 20 percent of the requested project funds in Groups 1 and 3; and at least 50 percent of the requested project funds in Group 2.

Important Dates

The date (and time, where applicable) by which all applications must be submitted to the grantmaker. Time listed as “00:00” equates to midnight.
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February 5, 2020
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Until funds expire 

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  • State

Funding Source Notes:

Electric Program Investment Charge, the source of funding for the projects awarded under this solicitation.

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Funding Method Notes:

Funds are disbursed on a reimbursement basis (where the Recipient spends out-of-pocket and is reimbursed by the grantor).

How to Apply

State agencies/departments recommend you read the full grant guidelines before applying.


For questions about this grant, contact:
Brad Worster, 1-916-654-4299,