High Tech Elementary and High Tech Middle Chula Vista Launch SDG&E's 25th Clean Energy Project

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SAN DIEGO /PRNewswire/ -- How do you NOT drive a car 8.4 million miles? The new High Tech Elementary and High Tech Middle Chula Vista students know. Today they helped do just that by adding a San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)-owned solar system to their school's rooftop – as well as adding solar to their curriculum. This marks the 25th project like this for SDG&E's "Sustainable Communities Program," which now totals three megawatts of clean energy. This energy goes back onto the grid which benefits each of the project's surrounding community.

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The three megawatts of clean energy is equal to: NOT driving a car 8.4 million miles, powering 2,000 homes, saving 6.4 million pounds of greenhouse gases each year, planting 98,000 trees or removing 722 cars from the road.

The High Tech Elementary and High Tech Middle Chula Vista students flipped the switch on their rooftop solar system, marking the third solar project SDG&E has done with the charter school. The effort includes a curriculum where students learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency.

The schools are seeking LEED® Platinum certification from the US Green Building Council and were designed to be nearly 26 percent more energy efficient than required by California Building Codes.

"Moving forward, Sustainable Communities Program projects will incorporate advanced energy storage and electric vehicle charging stations," said David L. Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E. "These will serve as models for SDG&E's smart grid that will ultimately predict and 'intelligently' respond to the changing needs and actions of customers by efficiently delivering sustainable energy when it's most needed."

The program focuses on solar, fuel cells and energy storage for schools, municipal facilities, large multi-family mixed use developments. The program team collaborates with builders to construct sustainable green buildings that are highly energy efficient.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.5 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more than 850,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility's area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help our customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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For further information: Allison Zaragoza/Art Larson of San Diego Gas & Electric, +1-877-866-2066, www.sdge.com, Twitter: @sdge

SDG&E Offers Options to Help Customers Budget & Manage Energy Use

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Last month was the hottest September San Diego has experienced since 1984. With the unrelenting high temperatures and humid conditions, many San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) customers turned to their air-conditioning units to stay cool day and night for much of the month. With customers seeing higher bills than usual due to increased energy use, now is a great time to look at options available to manage bills and energy use.

Level Pay Plan helps customers avoid surprises in their bills

More than 30,000 customers are signed up for SDG&E’s Level Pay Plan billing option, which allows for monthly payments to be spread equally throughout the year.

The Level Pay Plan option is available to all SDG&E customers. Upon signing up, SDG&E will project a customer’s monthly energy bill based on the average dollar amount of the last 12 bills. Even if energy usage goes up or down, Level Pay Plan customers will pay the same amount each month for the first three months. Adjustments are then made to the monthly payment amount every three months based on actual energy use, but the total energy cost for the 12 months is the same, whether or not a customer opts in to the Level Pay option.

Customers can enroll online at SDGE.com/LPP for the Level Pay Plan or by calling SDG&E at 800-411-SDGE (7343). Additional bill assistance programs are also available at sdge.com.

My Account offers energy use & bill management features

Additionally, customers can learn more about how their home uses energy and view hourly usage by logging onto My Account to view their energy data and set up a personalized energy savings plan for their homes and businesses.

Some of the tools available for SDG&E customers to manage their energy use include:

  • My Account’s Energy Alerts: customers can receive email or text alerts when their energy use or spending goal reaches a certain limit.
  • My Energy Survey: an online tool that analyzes your home’s energy use and provides a customized Action Plan.

There are many steps customers can take to reduce their bills—like using fans instead of central air, which will save you up to 90 percent on your home’s cooling costs. For more tips, visit sdge.com/summer.

Video bill helps customers understand recent changes to their bills

The month of September also brought changes to the way customers are billed. On Sept. 1, rate reform, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission in July, was implemented to provide more fairness in utility bills for all customers. By implementing rate reform and reducing rates at the highest tiers when weather was the hottest in September, more SDG&E customers were able to benefit from lower energy costs as they reached the higher tiers. All customers who are enrolled in My Account received a video bill this month to help them understand these changes.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 868,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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SDG&E Launches New Energy Efficiency Marketplace Website

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Connecting customers with energy efficient products and rebates

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 2, 2015 – In an effort to help customers lower their energy bills, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched a new online store, SDG&E Marketplace, for customers to quickly and easily shop for energy saving products offered by third-party retailers.

“SDG&E is among the first utilities in the nation to launch this type of online tool,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s chief energy delivery officer. “We are a national leader in renewable energy and leading efforts to reduce energy consumption. The marketplace tool is another leadership opportunity to use technology to better serve and inform our customers about energy products available. Choosing the energy efficiency products that are right for you can take time and be confusing. The SDG&E Marketplace makes it easy and empowers our customers to choose the products that help them save electricity and money.”

At the SDG&E Marketplace, customers will be able to shop for rebate-eligible products, such as high-efficiency appliances, smart thermostats, and water conservation products. The SDG&E Marketplace also offers an option for personalized energy-saving tips based on a customer’s home profile and smart meter data. To explore the new SDG&E Marketplace, visit sdgemarketplace.com.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 868,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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SDG&E Honors the City of San Diego and Balboa Park as Energy Efficiency Grand Champions

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10th Annual Energy Showcase Helps Businesses with Money and Energy-Saving Solutions

SAN DIEGO, June 17, 2015 – Tomorrow, at the 10th Annual Energy Showcase, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) will recognize the City of San Diego, the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, and eight other municipal, school district, and business customers for their remarkable results in energy efficiency and conservation.

The following organizations will be presented with Energy Champion Awards:

  • Grand Champion: City of San Diego/Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
  • Entertainment: Pala Band of Mission Indians
  • Biotech: Ilumina
  • Communications: Qualcomm
  • Local Government: City of Oceanside
  • Property Management: Alexandria Real Estate
  • Hospitals/Healthcare: Kaiser Permanente
  • Food Distribution: Monterrey/The Natural Choice
  • Federal Government: MCB Camp Pendleton
  • K-12 Schools: Escondido Union School District

Collectively, these SDG&E customers saved more than 16 million kilowatt hours (kWh) of electricity and over 200,000 therms of natural gas in 2014, enough to power nearly 1,400 homes for one year. Videos highlighting the Energy Champion success stories are available at sdge.com/energyshowcase.

“The sustainability efforts that these forward-thinking customers have implemented this past year are outstanding,” said Caroline Winn, chief energy delivery officer for SDG&E. “We are committed to a sustainable future, and we look forward to continuing to help our business customers reduce their carbon footprint through innovative solutions, rebates, and incentives available through SDG&E that also reduce their energy costs.”

The City of San Diego, in conjunction with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, will be named SDG&E’s 2015 Energy Grand Champion for implementing energy-efficiency measures and raising the bar on energy saving efforts. Between 2012 and 2014, the City installed 39,500 street lights, of which 3,600 are adaptive control LED street lights, making it the first deployment of its size in the nation. The City has demonstrated their commitment to sustainability at every level in San Diego through various measures, including installation of 27 electric vehicle charging stations, participation in demand response programs, completion of numerous energy efficiency audits and upgrades to 60 of the highest use buildings in the City and public utility facilities, among other actions.

“On behalf of the City, I am proud San Diego has earned this honor,” Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said. “We have begun implementing our Climate Action Plan, which will give us the opportunity to reduce greenhouse gasses, protect our environment and increase the use of renewable energy while lowering overall costs. We know that there is still work to do, but by working together, we are building San Diego’s sustainable future.”

Nearly 1,000 people are expected to attend the SDG&E Energy Showcase Expo immediately following the Energy Champions awards breakfast. The Energy Showcase features over 75 technology exhibitors focused on the future of energy efficiency and innovative. The Showcase includes several electric passenger and oversized commercial vehicles that will be on display. There are over 16,000 electric vehicles in San Diego County, and many businesses are adding these clean cars to their fleets to save on fuel costs and to demonstrate their commitment to sustainability. 

The Energy Showcase also includes the Energy Solutions Center, where the public has the opportunity to meet with energy advisors on new energy and money-saving technologies and programs for their business. LED lights will be available through vendor TechniArt at a discounted rate.

Visit sdge.com/good4biz for more information on ways to save money every day or call the Energy Savings Center at 800-644-6133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, to talk to an energy service specialist. 

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 868,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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SDG&E Launches Home Area Network Device Loaner Program

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SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2015 – In efforts to help customers make smart energy choices and save money, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has launched a home area network device loaner program. Customers can now borrow an in-home display device from the utility at no cost to understand their home’s energy use and identify high energy use appliances with near-real time information and estimated energy costs.

The in-home display is a small digital device that, once connected to a customer’s smart meter, shows how much energy a home is using, and customers can watch the kilowatt-hours and price per hour go up or down when appliances are turned on or off in the home.

“The option for customers to borrow an in-home display at no cost is an important step for us to ensure we are making it easy for our customers to have access to innovative technology that will ultimately help them reduce their energy bills. This is increasingly important as the cost of energy continues to rise,” said Caroline Winn, SDG&E’s vice president of customer services and chief customer privacy officer. “I can speak from personal experience that my in-home display has been very useful to understand my own energy usage and I’m confident many of our customers can benefit from this tool as well.”

In 2013, as part of efforts to provide innovative tools and solutions to help customers manage their energy use, SDG&E rolled out a list of several new in-home energy display devices available for customers to purchase and connect to their smart meters. This program is now expanded with the addition of the option for customers to borrow an in-home display for 30 days to gain a better understanding of how their home uses energy and how much it costs to run appliances in the home.

To request an in-home display through the loaner program, customers can contact SDG&E’s Energy Savings Center at 800-644-6133 or send an email to HomeAreaNetwork@semprautilities.com. More information is available at sdge.com/home-displays.

Residential customers with smart meters are eligible to participate, and participation is recommended only for customers who are able to place the device within 70 feet of their smart meter. Once the request is received, SDG&E will check the customer’s account for meter compatibility and program the device to connect with the customer’s meter, and mail the device to the customer with instructions. One week before the device is due to be returned, SDG&E will send a return envelope for the customer to send it back within the 30-day loaner time period. Devices are available on a first-come, first-served basis and a wait list will be developed as needed depending on device availability.

More information on in-home displays is available at sdge.com/han. By setting up an in-home display, SDG&E customers are able to instantly see how much energy their whole home is using. They can also determine approximately how much energy various appliances in their home are using, such as the dishwasher, energy-efficient TV or outdoor patio light, while watching the kilowatts and estimated cost per hour go up or down on a small digital display as the appliances are turned on or off.

Past testing of home area network technology with SDG&E customers has demonstrated effectiveness in increasing energy efficiency among customers who report they are turning off more lights, increasing air conditioning temperature, watching less TV and unplugging devices. The devices can also help customers determine if it’s time to upgrade to new more energy-efficient appliances.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 878,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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SDG&E Hosts “The Birth Of The Green Button Ecosystem” At The Energy Innovation Center

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Thought leaders gather to discuss current efforts and future direction of the White House initiative

Green Button enthusiasts and supporters celebrated “The Birth of the Green Button Ecosystem” on Feb. 6 at SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center. Presented by the Department of Energy and National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), the event brought together industry thought leaders who convened to support the education, development and widespread use of the Green Button standards-based applications.

The Green Button was created in response to a challenge issued by the White House to give people timely access to their energy data. Topics addressed include how to deliver benefits of Green Button technologies to consumers, the latest developments in Green Button technologies, and the emergence of a young but complete ecosystem. In addition, the newly created Green Button Alliance was introduced as the organization to continue the evolution and further development of Green Button. 

 “We look forward to seeing the continued innovative and engaging ideas that will come forth from the community of developers, as more utilities join the efforts as well as industry vendors,” said Caroline Winn, vice president of customer services and chief customer privacy officer for SDG&E. “This type of innovation would not be possible without smart meters that provide real-time energy information that allows SDG&E customers to save money and conserve energy.”

Speakers included keynote speaker and former Deputy Chief Technology Officer of the United States Nick Sinai; Chief Technology Officer of the United States Megan Smith, via video message; SDG&E Information Technology Project Manager Stan Townsend; California Public Utilities Commission Commissioner Catherine J.K. Sandoval; and many others.

In 2013, SDG&E continued to expand the commitment to Green Button technology, with both Green Button Download My Data and Green Button Connect My Data functionality available to both residential and business customers to manage their energy use and find new ways to save energy.

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SDG&E Encourages Customers to Prepare for Winter Heating Season

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Safety, Electric, Energy Efficiency, Natural Gas, General

Free Appliance Safety Checks Available for all SDG&E Customers

SAN DIEGO, Dec. 3, 2014 – With the time period for Santa Ana Winds coming to an end and cooler weather settling in, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is partnering with customers to promote safety during the winter season. SDG&E offers customers free safety checks to make sure home gas appliances are operating safely and efficiently. Customers are encouraged to schedule these appliance checks by visiting sdge.com or calling 800-411-SDGE (7343).

“Safety is a top priority for SDG&E and is very important during the winter season because our customers often use holiday lighting, spend more time indoors and heat their homes to stay warm,” said Caroline Winn, vice president of customer service for SDG&E. “Scheduling an appliance safety check on sdge.com is an easy way for our customers to make sure their gas appliances are working properly. We urge customers to take advantage of this free service, which can help ensure a safe and enjoyable holiday season for our customers and their families.”

Free Appliance Safety Checks

Customers can schedule an appointment by calling SDG&E at 800-411-7343 or by visiting the “Check My Appliances” link on SDG&E’s website. Once an appointment is scheduled, an SDG&E gas technician will check the furnace to make sure it is working properly and inspect the condition of the filter, which improves the furnace’s heating ability.

The main safety risk that technicians are looking for is carbon monoxide. This colorless, odorless, tasteless gas is formed when carbon-based fuels, such as kerosene, gasoline, propane, natural gas, oil, charcoal or wood, are burned with inadequate amounts of oxygen, creating a condition known as incomplete combustion.

Carbon monoxide poisoning is deadly, which is one of the reasons all California homeowners are now required to install carbon monoxide detectors in their home. SDG&E also recommends customers change the battery in their carbon monoxide detectors and smoke alarms to ensure they are working properly.

Customers can also periodically check gas appliances themselves to make sure pilot lights and burner flames are a clear blue, (small flecks of orange are normal). However, soft yellow burner flame can be a sign of carbon monoxide. Customers are also encouraged to make sure the damper is open when using gas fireplaces and never use gas ovens or other appliances for space heating.

Signs of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

These safety measures greatly reduce the risks of carbon monoxide. Customers should still look out for the early stages of carbon monoxide poisoning, the symptoms of which include unexplained nausea, drowsiness mental confusion and flu-like symptoms. If carbon monoxide poisoning is suspected, the following immediate actions are recommended:

  • Immediately turn off the suspected gas appliance, if safe to do so.
  • Evacuate the premises and call 911.
  • Seek medical attention if anyone in the home experiences possible carbon monoxide poisoning symptoms.
  • Have the appliance inspected by contacting SDG&E at 800-411-7343 or a licensed, qualified professional.
  • Don’t use the suspected gas appliance until it has been inspected, serviced and determined to be safe by SDG&E or a licensed, qualified professional.

Winter Safety Tips for Electric Appliances

In addition to gas safety, electric safety is also important during winter, especially when customers are celebrating the holidays. If customers are using holiday lighting, SDG&E recommends purchasing only lights with the certification mark of a nationally recognized testing laboratory to ensure safety and efficiency.

Portable heaters, electric blankets and other heat-producing products shouldn't be used with extension cords, which can be overloaded by these types of devices. Instead, customers should plug them directly into the wall and unplug them before leaving the house. Customers should also keep heaters at a safe distance from furniture, blankets, draperies and other objects that could catch fire; and don’t use them to dry wet clothes. To avoid overloading circuits, use laboratory-tested power strips and low-wattage appliances and do not plug more than two appliances into any outlet.

By providing safety tips and free gas appliance checks, SDG&E is demonstrating its commitment to working with customers to promote safety every day in the community. Building these partnerships not only helps ensure the safety of customers and their families during the winter season, it is also a key element of SDG&E’s efforts to promote public safety for the region overall. For more winter safety tips, visit sdge.com/winter.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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SDG&E to Host Bilingual Seminar on How Small Businesses Can Cut Energy Costs

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SAN DIEGO, Nov 25. 2014 – Owners of small- and medium-sized businesses can learn how to reduce their energy costs and more at a free, bilingual seminar hosted by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) on Dec. 4.

Owners and administrators will learn simple measures they can take to improve their businesses’ energy efficiency, find out how to save on lighting, heating and air conditioning costs, and better understand rates available for commercial customers. They also will be able to create a customized plan to reach their energy-saving goals.

The seminar, to be offered in English with Spanish interpretation, will be held at the SDG&E Energy Innovation Center, 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, California 92117, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m., and a continental breakfast and lunch will be provided.

The seminar is free but registration is recommended at seminars.sdge.com or by phoning 800-644-6133 and selecting seminar #9333.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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Electric Use in San Diego Reaches New All-Time Peak Record

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SDG&E Thanks Customers for Patience & Conservation Efforts During Five-Day Heat Wave & Thunderstorms

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 19, 2014 – Following a record-breaking five-day heat wave combined with a microburst of thunderstorms bringing high winds, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is thanking customers and community partners for their efforts to save energy and for their patience during power outages. Due to the extreme weather conditions, SDG&E reached new all-time back-to-back peak demand records of 4,781 megawatts (MW) on Sept. 15 and 4,890 MW on Sept. 16. The conservation efforts by customers limited strain on the electric grid and ensured SDG&E was able to provide reliable energy throughout the event.

“The last several days brought severe weather conditions to SDG&E’s service area and we are grateful to our customers, community partners and our first responders who helped keep San Diego safe and displayed remarkable patience and responsiveness to our requests for help to conserve energy,” said Steven D. Davis, SDG&E’s president and COO. “SDG&E is focused on keeping our system running safely and reliably, and the support of the community was immensely helpful in enabling us to meet those goals.”

On Monday, Sept. 15, preliminary results show that a total reduction of approximately 70 MW was achieved through demand response programs that were activated. Residential customers saved energy and earned bill credits through Reduce Your Use Rewards, Reduce Your Use Thermostat and Summer Saver, saving approximately 30 MW.

SDG&E’s business customers played a major role in achieving significant demand reduction, resulting in savings of approximately 40 MW on Sept. 15. For example, locally headquartered industrial gas turbine manufacturer Solar Turbines participates in SDG&E’s Capacity Bidding Program, a voluntary demand response program that offers commercial and industrial customers the opportunity to earn incentive payments in exchange for reducing energy consumption when requested by the utility.

During the heat wave, Solar Turbines was able to reduce their energy use by approximately 6 MW. They are able to make these load reductions by a number of methods including the delay of manufacturing process start times during peak grid load periods.

Preparation key to limiting outages and safely restoring service in extreme weather

In addition to the heat, the region was hit with sudden microbursts bringing high winds and heavy rainfall in very short periods of time. These powerful storms brought severe wind, flooding and downed trees that resulted in localized outages on Sept. 16.

SDG&E’s readiness helped ensure the system provided safe and reliable power to customers during the heat wave, and restoration of outages was conducted quickly and safely following damage from thunderstorms. These preparations included an increased level of crews and standby personnel in the field ready to respond to issues as they happened. Utility field crews were able to quickly begin the process of restoring power in the affected areas immediately, thanks to advanced meteorology tools that alerted SDG&E to the direction of the fast-moving storms.

SDG&E also worked closely with the California Independent System Operator Corporation to monitor the high demand and ensure the transmission system was running smoothly. In addition to all available local generation resources – both large power plants and smaller peaking units that use natural gas – SDG&E relied heavily on the Sunrise Powerlink to import 450 MW of new solar and wind capacity that was generated in the Imperial Valley region to meet the higher demands of the system at the time of the peak. Planning for the future, SDG&E has an active solicitation in the marketplace for up to 800 MW of additional resources, including a minimum of 200 MW of preferred resources, to be able to accommodate the loss of more than 1,150 MW of local generation set to retire in the next two to three years.

Safety is especially crucial during storms and extreme weather. SDG&E reminds customers to always assume that power lines are energized and make sure not to touch any downed lines, and to call for help – such as a qualified SDG&E employee or a firefighter – if someone has come in contact with energized power lines or equipment. If dependent on electrically operated medical equipment, make sure you have made backup power arrangements in case of an outage.

SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The utility’s area spans 4,100 square miles. SDG&E is committed to creating ways to help customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. Connect with SDG&E’s Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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