Program for emerging technoligies


The City of Palo Alto Utilities (CPAU) launched this program in 2012 in order to partner with individuals and companies who want to evaluate, test and implement innovative emerging technologies. The goal is to find and nurture creative products and services that will manage and better use electricity, gas, water, and fiber optic services. We want to find the best ideas out there and help get them implemented! 

Program Overview
Under the program, the City offers staff time and the Utilities/City infrastructure in Palo Alto as a 'test bed' to evaluate and publicize technologies. Applications are reviewed quarterly. The City is open to external funding partnerships, including the American Public Power Association's Demonstration of Energy Efficiency Developments program. No direct monetary funding is available from the City to applicants under this program.

Evaluation Criteria
An application must pass all of the evaluation criteria to be included in the program. The applications that surpass the threshold requirements set by these primary evaluation criteria will then be evaluated according to a number of secondary evaluation criteria, including acceptance of City’s contractual indemnity and customer privacy protections, local economic development opportunities, and details of the partnering arrangement being sought.

All applications will be evaluated based on the following primary evaluation criteria:

  • Innovative nature of the product
  • Applicability of the product to CPAU and its customers
  • Potential impact to CPAU and its customers (economic, environmental, etc.)
  • CPAU/City staff resource requirement, including IT/billing system integration requirements


  • Application
  • In addition to the application form, please also submit presentations, pictures/videos, whitepapers, and sample data that will help staff better understand your application.
  • Sample partnership agreement

Contact for more information: or call (650) 329-2465.

Examples of Past Projects Visit our past projects page to read about previous participants.