We were recently honored with the Organizational Leadership Award at the inaugural Climate Leadership Awards in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the Association of Climate Change Officers (ACCO), the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions (C2ES) (formerly the Pew Center on Global Climate Change), and The Climate Registry (TCR).
Here are some of the items that we were recognized for:
Energy Efficiency and Customer Programs
Having nearly completed the rollout of smart meters to all of our customers, we are now turning the corner with new tools to provide meaningful energy usage data that enables customers to take control of their energy savings.
With our energy efficiency programs, we have helped save enough electricity to avoid building the equivalent of 1.5 large power plants (948 MW) and to power 830,000 homes for a year (4.3 million MWh), and enough natural gas to supply energy to over 117,000 homes for a year. The energy savings has resulted in equivalent emissions reductions of taking 521,000 cars off the road.
We have empowered our employees to make decisions that positively impact both business operations and quality of life. With a facility audited for energy efficiency and controlled by an Energy Management System, some of the many conversions have included sustainable materials and food sources in company cafeterias; a Clean Transportation Program that has become a regional source for plug-in vehicle technologies and implementation; and a paperless initiative powered by a industry-leading online billing program that has the highest participation rate of any U.S. utility.
Along with our partners, we have helped to preserve and restore local eco-systems totaling close to 10,000 acres.
In support of California’s Renewables Portfolio Standard, which requires 33 percent renewable energy resources by 2020, we are already above the 25 percent benchmark required in 2016. We are leading the state in acquisitions of renewable energy and has increased the percent of retail sales of renewable energy from less than 1 percent in 2002 to more than 20 percent in 2012.
Additionally, we recently reported that 20.8 percent of our delivered power in 2011 was derived from clean energy sources, such as wind, geothermal, biomass and hydroelectric facilities.
Community Collaboration and Innovation
We have developed multiple partnerships to raise awareness and educate the community on energy, conservation, and efficiency. Partnerships such as Smart City San Diego and the Local Government Partnerships program broaden support for renewable energy generation.
We also help local governments assess the energy efficiency opportunities for facilities, policies, operations, public services, transportation, and infrastructure.
Our recently completed Energy Innovation Center brings together local residential and business customers to demonstrate new green technologies and learn about energy efficiency and climate change programs.
For more information, check out the EPA’s Climate Leadership Awards section of their website.