The California Public Utilities Commission’s (CPUC) allocation of its Electric Program Investment Charge (EPIC) to fund projects located in and benefiting low-income and disadvantaged communities is an example of utility commissions participating in equitable grid investment. EPIC funds come from rates charged to electricity customers of the state utilities and support investments in clean energy technologies that benefit ratepayers of investor-owned utilities. AB 523 directs the California Energy Commission (CEC) to expend at least 25% of its EPIC funds for Technology Demonstration and Deployment funding (TD&D) at sites located in, and benefiting “disadvantaged communities,” and adds an additional requirement that the CEC expend at least 10% of its EPIC funds for TD&D at sites located in, and benefiting, low-income communities located in the state. The CPUC approved the allocation of $60 million of its EPIC funding to projects located in and benefiting low-income and disadvantaged communities that are also specifically prioritized for the investment of proceeds from CA’s cap-and-trade program. These investments are aimed at improving public health, quality of life, and economic opportunity in disadvantaged communities, which are defined by AB 523 as those most burdened by pollution from multiple sources and most vulnerable to its effects, considering socioeconomic characteristics and underlying health status.