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Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program for Innovative Energy Projects
California PIER grants to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts.
The California Energy Commission's Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) Program supports energy research, development and demonstration (RD&D) projects that will help improve the quality of life in California by bringing environmentally safe, affordable and reliable energy services and products to the marketplace.
The PIER Program annually awards up to $62 million to conduct the most promising public interest energy research by partnering with RD&D organizations including individuals, businesses, utilities, and public or private research institutions.
The Energy Innovations Small Grant (EISG) Program provides up to $95,000 for hardware projects and $50,000 for modeling projects to small businesses, non-profits, individuals and academic institutions to conduct research that establishes the feasibility of new, innovative energy concepts.
Research projects must target one of the six PIER program areas, address a California energy problem and provide a potential benefit to California electric and natural gas ratepayers.
To encourage participation in the program the application and award process has been simplified and assistance is available in gaining access to technical experts.
Grant Information is at PIER website
PIER brings new energy services and products to the marketplace and creates state-wide environmental and economic benefits. PIER funding efforts are focused on the following RD&D program areas:
- Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency
- Climate Change Program
- Energy Innovations Small Grant Program
- Energy-Related Environmental Research
- Energy Systems Integration
- Environmentally-Preferred Advanced Generation
- Industrial/Agricultural/Water End-Use Energy Efficiency
- Natural Gas Research
- Renewable Energy Technologies
- Transportation Research
Areas of Energy Research and Programs include:
Energy Efficiency Research Office includes Buildings End-Use Energy Efficiency and Industrial, Agricultural, Water.
Energy Generation Research Office which includes specialists in
Enviromentally-Preferred Advanced Generation, Renewable Energy technologies and a Geothermal Program.
Energy Systems Integration and Environmental Research Office with includes Energy Systems Integration, Energy-related Environmental Research, Energy Innovation Small Grant Program, Natural Gas Research Program and Transportation Research.
Public Interest Energy Research
Edited by Carolyn Allen