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 monitoring high heat, Santa Ana winds

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SDG&E is closely monitoring the elevated temperatures and the “Red Flag Warning” that the National Weather Service issued for strong winds and increased fire danger for the inland valleys and mountains of San Diego County. The Red Flag Warning began at midnight Saturday, Sept. 24 and is expected to last through 3 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26.

Because of the increased temperatures throughout the county, we are anticipating higher-than-normal energy demand on Monday, Sept. 26. Demand response program customers are being called to reduce their use on Monday. Additionally, we are asking all customers to conserve energy, when possible.

High Heat

SDG&E plans for unexpected situations, like higher-than-normal air conditioning use or emergencies that impact our high-voltage, long distance power lines. Both of these situations, as well as the unexpected loss of a local electric generating plant could impact our ability to deliver reliable power.

The company expects to have adequate resources and is confident that we have a strong plan to meet the operational challenges that may result from the elevated temperatures. We are also reviewing maintenance outages planned for Monday and Tuesday. Some will be rescheduled while others may still proceed as scheduled based on a variety of factors, including public safety or customer approval.

While SDG&E expects to be able to meet customers’ energy needs, we are encouraging customers to educate themselves on what they can do to conserve energy.

Santa Ana wind event

In addition to the elevated temperatures, the region is experiencing the first major Santa Ana wind event of the year. While it’s normal to see the first round of hot and dry Santa Ana winds this time of year, they tend to be weak in nature. However, this event is forecast to be unusually strong for the month of September with widespread gusts 40 to 60 mph across the wind-prone areas.

SDG&E takes very seriously its responsibility to operate the system safely in the best interest of customers. If weather conditions threaten the integrity of the system and create an imminent emergency, power will be turned off to protect public safety. SDG&E evaluates conditions in real-time, looking not only at wind speeds, but also getting reports from the field about what they’re seeing, such as flying debris, movement of the power lines, etc. that could pose a safety issue.

SDG&E personnel and contract fire-fighting crews are in the areas where the winds are forecast to be the strongest. Proactively locating crews shortens response time if there is a service interruption.

SDG&E called medical baseline and temperature-sensitive customers to alert them of the possibility of service interruptions related to high winds and reminded them to be prepared to activate their personal emergency plan.

Customers who live in the areas where the high winds are forecast to be strongest are encouraged to monitor SDG&E’s weather information page for real-time updates on conditions sdge.com/tools/windspeed-dashboard.

Because power outages can occur during these kinds of windy conditions, customers should be prepared with flashlights, extra batteries, a battery-operated radio and a phone that doesn’t require electricity.

What can you do now?

Stay in the know by following the company on Twitter (@SDGE). Visit sdge.com/summer for the latest information about conservation and energy efficiency tips to use at home.

Conservation tips

If there is a voluntary call to conserve, SDG&E encourages customers to:

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Central air conditioning is one of the biggest energy users so this will greatly assist conservation efforts and save you money.
    • For every 2 degrees you turn up your thermostat in summer or down in winter, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year.
  • Use fans, like a ceiling or portable fan instead of A/C.
  • Power down equipment. Unplug TV, cable, DVD or gaming devices when idle, or use a smart power strip.
    • Powering down can save you up to $300 a year.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights, hold off on doing laundry, running your dishwasher, etc. especially from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun’s heat.

Energy Efficient Year-Round

To become more energy efficient to permanently reduce usage in your home, try the following:

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs, which provide the same amount of light, use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Save by washing full laundry loads in cold water. More than 70 percent of the cost of a load of laundry is in heating the water.
  • Check weather-stripping around doors and caulking around windows. Properly sealed doors and windows help prevent warm outside air from entering the home.
  • Check your pool pump: A pool pump uses more energy than some of the other appliances in your home combined. Installing a properly sized variable-speed pump can save you between 30–75 percent on its energy costs. SDG&E’s Marketplace has a wide-range of information on where to find energy efficient appliances for your home or small business.
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SDG&E Recognized by White House for Forging Path to Electric Transportation Future

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Investments in Charging Infrastructure Will Grow Electric Vehicles Adoption for America

On July 21, the White House launched an array of initiatives to accelerate electric vehicle (EV) adoption in America.  These efforts include unlocking up to $4.5 billion in loan guarantees for installing new charging infrastructure, promoting new battery and fast charger technology to lead the industry forward, and encouraging local, state and federal governments to purchase electric vehicles as part of their fleets.  The overall goal of this effort is to deploy a modern and comprehensive electric vehicle charging network in order to switch the nation from using gas-powered vehicles to driving clean EVs.

The White House also launched a new coalition between public and private sectors to help achieve these goals.  Nearly 50 vehicle manufacturers, electric utilities, charging companies and state governments signed up for this new coalition, which will work to increase access to charging and make it easier for people to charge their cars.  Partnership like this will be crucial, not only to inspire people to make the switch to EVs, but also spread transportation electrification into other sectors of the economy, such as fleets, transit and the nation’s ports.  This is important across America, and particularly here in Southern California since approximately 54 percent of the total greenhouse gas emissions come from the transportation sector. 

Building America’s Electric Transportation Future

The White House praised several energy companies for joining the coalition and installing charging infrastructure in their areas.  Already a national leader in this sector, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) was highlighted for rising to this challenge early on and launching one of the largest charging infrastructure projects in the nation: the innovative “Power Your Drive” program.

And, while many companies pledged to expand workplace charging to spur EV adoption, SDG&E in 2013 was one of the first to commit to this and today has installed 181 workplace charging stations, more than any other organization in San Diego.  The company also boasts 271 employees driving EVs—which is more than halfway to the goal of 500 drivers by 2020.  

In addition to employee EV adoption, the company’s passenger fleet is being transformed, and SDG&E is aiming to expand into new areas of electric work trucks and bucket trucks, with the goal of converting 22 percent of its total fleet to alternative fuel vehicles by 2020.

Working Together to Benefit the Community

Just as the White House has urged, SDG&E is dedicated to forming public and private sector partnerships to expand transportation electrification into new areas of the community and economy.  Recently, the company worked with tenants at the Port of San Diego to secure a $5.9 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build new electric semi-trucks and forklifts that reduce air emissions and noise at the Port.

SDG&E believes cleaner transportation is a generation-defining opportunity for securing a clean, sustainable and prosperous future for America.  SDG&E is proud to work with the White House and energy companies across the nation on this great journey, which will help clean the air, fight climate change and benefit the people of this great nation.

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Staying Cool as Temperatures Rise

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Temperatures are rising in San Diego, which typically means an increase in air conditioning use. Here are some quick tips from SDG&E on how you can save money while staying cool at home and at work.

Energy-saving tips

  • Central air conditioning is one of the biggest energy users. Try to set your thermostat at 78 degrees when you’re home, health permitting. (For every 2 degrees you turn up your thermostat in summer or down in winter, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year.) 
  • Use fans, like a ceiling or portable fan instead of A/C.
  • Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun’s heat.
  • Power down equipment. Unplug TV, cable, DVD or gaming devices when idle, or use a smart power strip. Powering down can save you up to $300 a year.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights, hold off on doing laundry, running your dishwasher, etc.
  • Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs provide the same amount of light as incandescent bulbs, use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
  • More than 70% of the cost of a load of laundry is in heating the water. Save by washing full laundry loads in cold water
  • Check weather-stripping around doors and caulking around windows.  Properly sealed doors and windows help prevent warm outside air from entering the home.
  • Check your pool pump: A pool pump uses more energy than some of the other appliances in your home combined. Installing a properly sized variable-speed pump can save you between 30–75% on its energy costs.

If you’re in the market for new energy efficient appliances, check out SDG&E’s Marketplace at www.marketplace.sdge.com where you’ll learn where to by rebate-eligible appliances, like washers, dryers, water heaters and more.

How My Account can help

Don’t forget to sign up for My Account, a one-stop-shop where you can pay your bill and get a full report on how much energy your home is using and when. My Account is just one way we are helping to provide our customers with the tools they need to make smarter energy decisions by managing their electricity use.

For additional conservation tips, see www.sdge.com/summer.

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SDG&E Prepared for Summer Energy Demands

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System conditions could lead to events that may require conservation from customers

Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), the California Independent System Operator Corp. (ISO), and the California Energy Commission announced that sufficient electricity supplies have been secured to meet the energy needs of the region. Despite having adequate supplies, anything can happen at any time, which is why SDG&E plans for unexpected situations like the loss of a power plant or transmission line, extreme heat waves, or a disruption on the natural gas system. Any one of these events this summer may contribute to calls for conservation, and a shift in the times that customers use energy to maintain the integrity of the local power grid.

“At SDG&E, providing safe and reliable energy to customers is our top priority and we take any threats to maintaining our superior service levels very seriously,” said Caroline Winn, chief energy delivery officer for SDG&E.  “That is exactly why we have taken precautions to reduce as many issues that could impact our ability to meet our customers’ energy needs, like implementing operational enhancements to the power grid and communicating with customers about the importance of reducing energy usage when we need them to conserve the most.”

Another less obvious situation that could have an impact on the power grid is related to the critical interdependence between natural gas and electricity. As an example, between 60-75 percent of the natural gas used on SDG&E’s system in the summer is for electric generation. If there is any type of disruption on the gas system, it is possible that local power generators could be impacted and unable to deliver the amount of energy necessary to meet customers’ needs.

Every year in the months leading up to summer, SDG&E collaborates with the ISO on plans for delivering a reliable supply of energy to our customers. The ISO’s role is to ensure bulk electric system stability and electric supply throughout the state of California, and SDG&E is responsive to any reliability directives from them.

“The ISO is taking unprecedented steps to strengthen grid reliability in the LA Basin this summer in the wake of the Aliso Canyon natural gas storage facility limitations,” said Steve Berberich, ISO President and CEO. “By working with the gas and electric utilities in Southern California, we have a strong set of tools to help avoid power outages caused by limited gas supplies, but we are counting on electric conservation and thank people in advance for reducing their electricity use if we have to issue a Flex Alert.”

Over the past year, SDG&E has completed multiple electric transmission system enhancements that has not only strengthened the system, but also relieves congestion and provides much needed voltage support, all key elements to reliability. These projects and actions combined will help make the local power grid more resilient in the event of extreme weather conditions or a transmission system emergency this summer.

Customer Service enhancements include the recently launched Reduce Your Use Thermostat program, providing free programmable communicating thermostats to eligible customers, and when installed offers a higher bill credit on Reduce Your Use rewards days. During situations when the power grid is stressed, there may be times when immediate energy reductions will be needed. These are times when we will rely on our customers’ ability to conserve through the Reduce Your Use rewards program. Participants can opt-in to receive an email, text, or voice alerts when the program is called. When customers save enough energy on a Reduce Your Use event, they are qualified to earn a credit on their bill.

SDG&E also recommends these tips to save on energy use and costs especially during the times of highest energy demand.

  • Adjust your thermostat. Set it to 78F for summer AC.
  • Avoid charging your electric vehicle during peak demand hours.
  • Do loads of laundry during off-peak hours.
  • Run your dishwasher earlier in the day, or late at night.
  • Use smart strips or unplug items when not in use.
  • Replace regular light bulbs with compact fluorescent or LEDs.
  • Use motion sensors on outdoor lighting to save up to 50% of lighting costs.
  • Seal and insulate your home to keep the cool air in during summer.
  • Lower your water temperature or try a cold water wash with clothes, especially if you have an electric water heater.
  • Change out a single speed pool pump to a variable speed one.

Visit SDG&E’s new Marketplace (marketplace.sdge.com) for more information on how to buy new, energy efficient appliances that also qualify for rebates. For more energy-saving tips, visit sdge.com/save-money or call 800-411-7343.

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Flex Alert in Effect Today - 6-20-16

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Officials at the California Independent System Operator (ISO) and SDG&E have been monitoring the power grid and natural gas supplies during multiple days of high-heat.

The ISO has called a Flex Alert today from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. due to high temperatures in the area. Customers are asked to conserve energy, health permitting.

San Diegans should immediately:

  • Power down equipment. Unplug TV, cable, DVD or gaming devices when idle, or use a smart power strip.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights, hold off on doing laundry, running your dishwasher, etc. especially from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Central air conditioning is one of the biggest energy users so this will greatly assist conservation efforts and save you money.
  • Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun’s heat.

Follow us on Twitter (@SDGE) and visit sdge.com/summer for the latest information about conservation and energy efficiency tips to use at home.

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SDG&E Prepared for Heat Wave

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Save by washing full laundry loads in cold water.

Today, the California Independent System Operator (Cal ISO) announced that it is closely monitoring what is expected to be a heat wave beginning this weekend and that it may call for a Flex Alert to ask customers to conserve energy. Conserving energy could help prevent rotating power outages.

The unseasonably hot weather is expected throughout Southern California through Tuesday. If conditions don’t ease, a Flex Alert to conserve power may be called on Monday, June 20, as well as Tuesday, June 21.

SDG&E plans for unexpected situations, like higher-than-normal air conditioning or emergencies that impact our high-voltage, long distance power lines. Both of these situations, as well as the unexpected loss of a local electric generating plant could create an impact on the company’s ability to deliver reliable power to customers.

SDG&E’s No. 1 priority is providing safe and reliable energy service to our customers. We are well prepared for the upcoming heat wave and have taken numerous, proactive steps to secure enough energy for customers. SDG&E expects to have adequate resources and is confident that we have a strong plan to meet the operational challenges as a result of the heat. We are also reviewing maintenance outages planned for Monday and Tuesday. Some will be rescheduled while others may still proceed as scheduled based on a variety of factors, including public safety or customer approval.

While we do expect to be able to meet our customers’ energy needs, we are also encouraging customers to educate themselves on what they can do to conserve energy if the need arises. 

Energy conservation is particularly important in the peak time periods for energy use, namely 4 to 9 p.m. This will not only help make sure that there is adequate energy on the local San Diego power grid, but will relieve pressure on the power grid throughout California.

Powering down devices while they aren't in use can save you up to $300 a year.
What can you do now?

We encourage our customers to follow us on Twitter (@SDGE), and to visit sdge.com/summer for the latest information about conservation and energy efficiency tips.

Conservation tips

If there is a voluntary call to conserve, we encourage customers to:

  • Set thermostats to 78 degrees when at home, health permitting. Central air conditioning is one of the biggest energy users so this will greatly assist conservation efforts and save you money.
    • For every 2 degrees you turn up your thermostat in summer or down in winter, you can reduce costs by up to $200 a year. 
  • Use fans, like a ceiling or portable fan instead of A/C.
  • Power down equipment. Unplug TV, cable, DVD or gaming devices when idle, or use a smart power strip.
    • Powering down can save you up to $300 a year.
  • Turn off unnecessary lights, hold off on doing laundry, running your dishwasher, etc., especially from 4 to 9 p.m.
  • Close blinds, shades or drapes during the hottest part of the day to block out the sun’s heat.
  • For additional conservation tips, see sdge.com/summer.
Energy Efficient Year-Round 

To become more energy efficient to permanently reduce usage in your home, try the following:

  • Replace incandescent light bulbs with compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) or LEDs, which provide the same amount of light, use 75% less energy and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Save by washing full laundry loads in cold water. More than 70 percent of the cost of a load of laundry is in heating the water.
  • Check weather-stripping around doors and caulking around windows. Properly sealed doors and windows help prevent warm outside air from entering the home.
  • Check your pool pump: A pool pump uses more energy than some of the other appliances in your home combined. Installing a properly sized variable-speed pump can save you 30–75 percent on its energy costs. Right now, for the month of June, we have increased the rebate for pool pumps, which can be accessed from SDG&E’s Marketplace at marketplace.sdge.com. The SDG&E Marketplace has a wide-range of information on where to find energy efficient appliances for your home or small business.

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SDG&E CEO Honored as Father of the Year

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SAN DIEGO, June 17, 2016 – Jeff Martin, chairman and chief executive officer of San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), was presented with 2016 Father of the Year award by the American Diabetes Association's San Diego chapter. The award recognizes fathers who have demonstrated the ability to balance their personal lives, serve as role models of strength, commitment and love for their children and help make positive contributions to their families and communities.

“By some measure this is an SDG&E award because it reflects the values of the company to honor family, community, leadership and innovation,” said Jessie J. Knight Jr., SDGE’s former chairman and CEO. “Jeff makes it a priority to balance a demanding career and family.”

As head of SDG&E, Martin’s visionary leadership has unlocked new opportunities for the energy company to improve the lives of the people it serves.

Martin’s focus on providing cleaner air for generations to come has propelled SDG&E into one of America’s cleanest utilities with over 33 percent of its electricity generated from renewable resources like the sun and wind. Innovation is at the heart of the company’s Power Your Drive program. The single greatest source of air emissions in California is transportation.

As SDG&E and the state of California move towards powering homes with energy from the sun and wind, there is significant opportunity to upgrade the transportation sector and lower air emissions for a better tomorrow.

Power Your Drive not only aims to expand access to electric vehicle charging in areas where chargers are almost nonexistent – disadvantaged communities, apartments, condos, and the workplace – but also capture the abundance of renewable energy so people can literally drive on sunshine.

“Working with Jeff I’ve seen how his family is at the center of his commitment to building the energy company of the future,” said Caroline Winn, chief energy delivery officer, SDG&E. “His ability to maintain his focus on the company, our employees and our customers, while being fully engaged in his family’s lives is commendable. He is truly deserving of the 'Father of the Year' title.”

Martin, a West Point graduate, currently serves on the board of trustees of the University of San Diego as well as the board of directors of the California Chamber of Commerce. He is a member of the Western Electric Industry Leaders and the National Association of Corporate Directors. He also recently served on the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers and the San Diego Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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17th Annual ‘Mowing Down Air Pollution’ Event

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San Diego County Supervisor Ron Roberts and SDG&E are pleased to support the 17th Annual ‘Mowing Down Air Pollution’ event on Saturday, June 18 at Qualcomm Stadium.

The event aims to extend San Diego’s clean energy initiatives and promote the reduction of harmful emissions by switching from gasoline as a fuel source to clean electricity. This year, people can trade in their gasoline mower for a top-rated dual-battery mower valued at about $400 for $99.99, tax included. Each San Diego resident can bring up to four gasoline-powered devices to trade during the event. Also debuting this year in the exchange are rechargeable chainsaw, hedge trimmer and string trimmer models.

“This annual event is a fun and innovative way for local residents to take action and make a big difference in the community and the world at large,” said Mike Schneider, SDG&E’s vice president of operations support and chief environmental officer. “Every time you plug your electric vehicle or lawnmower into the grid, you will be charging on clean energy. Right now, more than 35% of the energy we deliver to San Diego’s homes and businesses comes from renewable resources including solar and wine, and we expect to reach 40% by 2018 and 50% by 2030.”

The partnership between Supervisor Ron Roberts and SDG&E is focused on accelerating San Diego’s leadership position in clean energy and clean air. To further the effort SDG&E is investing $45 million to bring 3,500 new electric vehicle charging stations in the communities where our customer live and work through the Power Your Drive campaign.

SDG&E is also preparing a bold education initiative that features EV ride-and-drives all across our region. Residents can learn more about the benefits of going electric including rebates and tax incentives of nearly $12,000, low fueling costs and environmental protection. We believe this community-based campaign will inspire the next wave of new drivers to switch to an electric vehicle.

The lawnmower exchange, Power Your Drive and our education initiative demonstrate that we live in a special place – and at a special moment in time. We have a unique opportunity to work together to make San Diego America’s EV, clean energy AND clean air capital!

Visit ronroberts.com for more information on how to participate in the lawnmower exchange and find out more about EVs here: sdge.com/electric-vehicles.

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SDG&E Powers Up New State-of- the-Art Infrastructure to Support Regional Energy Growth

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New site also will help to achieve Chula Vista’s plan for waterfront

This weekend, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) energized a new substation along Bay Boulevard in Chula Vista that will support the energy needs of the entire South Bay region and downtown San Diego. It also marks a major milestone in the Chula Vista Bayfront Master Plan as the City of Chula Vista and the Port of San Diego work toward their bold vision of developing the bayfront as a “smart” waterfront – incorporating information and communication technologies to improve sustainability, livability and workability.

“This project has been a work-in-progress for more than a decade, in collaboration with local elected and civic leaders,” said David L. Geier, SDG&E’s vice president of electric transmission and system engineering. “Since the shutdown of the South Bay power plant in 2010, the energy for South Bay customers has had to come from more remote sources. This new substation acts as an ‘off-ramp’ from the power grid to improve reliability for this part of the region – meaning fewer interruptions for homes and businesses.”

The substation site was chosen by the city and the Port District. The substation sits on about 10 acres of the 12-acre property, which leaves room to build a future distribution substation if needed to handle additional energy demand due to waterfront development.

The new substation went online on June 11, replacing SDG&E’s 50-year-old South Bay substation, which will be demolished beginning later this year.

“The relocation of the substation enables the demolition of the old site, which is an important step in our bayfront development plan,” said Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “We’re also pleased with the new site’s smaller footprint as we look forward to creating a vibrant waterfront that we hope will become a world-class destination for residents and visitors.”

The state-of-the-art design and construction of the new substation complements the efforts to open up the bayfront by reconfiguring and undergrounding much of the previously existing overhead transmission lines, reducing the visual impact and expanding the view to the water.

SDG&E also carefully considered the potential environmental impacts to the community during construction and worked with California Coastal Commission staff to ensure the project complied with the rigorous resource protection requirements. Because a key concern was the amount of water required during construction, SDG&E used reclaimed water from the City of San Diego’s South Bay Reclamation facility for 85 percent of the project – saving more than 5 million gallons of potable water.

Other environmental benefits of the project include restoration of approximately 10 acres within the San Diego Bay National Wildlife Refuge that will create and enhance habitat for endangered wildlife. SDG&E has set aside $500,000 to be used to maintain the wetlands on the wildlife refuge and has established a separate $2 million endowment for the Living Coast Discovery Center in Chula Vista to ensure the center’s environmental education programs will continue for the benefit of San Diego County residents and visitors.

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