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 Injects $7.5M in Education Push to Inspire Drivers to Switch to Cleaner Electric Drive

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20 locations pledge to grow electric vehicles and charging stations through Power Your Drive pilot program

Begins new era for transportation electrification to reduce emissions

SAN DIEGO, May 16, 2016 – Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced it will invest $7.5 million over the next five years to develop a bold new education campaign to create awareness, expand electric vehicle (EV) ownership and lead the charge among large cities to electrify the transportation sector. The desired result: to reduce harmful air emissions, promote the use of EV charging with power from the wind and sun, and to establish San Diego and south Orange Counties as America’s EV and clean energy capital.

The education campaign will complement the $45-million pilot program recently approved by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to install 3,500 charging stations at 350 local businesses, multi-family communities and disadvantaged neighborhoods. This combined $52.5 million comprehensive effort is expected to increase the use of clean energy as a fuel for transportation and help consumers overcome any obstacles to EV ownership.

 “California is known for new ideas and innovation, and development of life-changing technologies. Now, we are leading the U.S. in creating the leading standard for de-carbonizing electricity and advancing clean transportation,” said Jeff Martin, SDG&E’s chairman, president and CEO. “Some problems are solved by looking to the future, not the past, and this is one of them," said Martin. "That is why we are reducing carbon in the transportation sector by installing charging infrastructure throughout the communities we serve, and maximizing the use of renewable energy to charge vehicles.”

Martin announced the comprehensive campaign at a news conference alongside San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer, Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas, San Diego Councilman Mark Kersey, and other local leaders.

 “San Diego is a national leader in developing innovative solutions to reduce emissions and protect our environment,” said San Diego Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer. “I am happy to see SDG&E working to strengthen our reputation in this field by installing thousands of new electric vehicle charging stations at apartments, condos, businesses and underserved neighborhoods throughout our great city.

“San Diegans will not only save money on their gasoline bills, it will also help San Diego achieve its Climate Action Plan goals by cleaning up our air and reducing emission in the crucial transportation sector,” Mayor Faulconer added. “Power Your Drive demonstrates once again why the nation looks to San Diego for leadership in urban sustainability.”

SDG&E also introduced 20 multifamily communities and businesses that are committed to the growth of electric vehicles and charging stations under the company’s innovative Power Your Drive pilot program. Taken together, these developments signal a watershed moment for promoting growth in EVs.

“California is a leader in setting policy supporting the widespread deployment of electric vehicles,” said CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman. “The SDG&E pilot program will not only make EV charging more available, which is important for driving the sale of cars, but it will test how charging can benefit the power grid and bring down electricity costs for all ratepayers.”

Among the participants to step forward and pledge to promote EV growth and charging included: American Lung Association, Bayview Baptist Church, Circulate San Diego, City of Chula Vista, City of National City, City of San Diego, County of San Diego, Cuyamaca College, Escondido Union High School District, Gildred Co., H.G. Fenton Company, I Love A Clean San Diego, Jewish Family Services, Menlo Equities, Palomar College, San Diego Housing Federation, Sea World, Sony, UCSD, and UTC Aerospace.

SDG&E is working to sign up 200 participants by the end of the year, in locations throughout all 26 cities in the region. At least 10 percent of the chargers will be in disadvantaged communities.

“Chula Vista is proud to partner with SDG&E to provide clean air to our communities,” said City of Chula Vista Mayor Mary Casillas Salas. “Continuing our record of environmental leadership we are looking at electrifying our City fleet and are pleased to partner with SDG&E to install 60 charging stations at City facilities and more throughout our city.”

SDG&E’s new education campaign will include EV ride-and-drives in every geographical area of the region. These events allow customers to test drive EVs from all the major car manufacturers at one location, familiarize themselves with the many benefits of driving an EV such as tax credits and rebates of up to $10,000, low “fueling” costs and environmental protection. The campaign will also provide funding to community groups that will promote electric vehicles and other benefits. These education initiatives are intended to inspire the next wave of new drivers to switch to an electric vehicle and expand the use of EVs to all geographic and socio-economic areas.

All of these initiatives demonstrate that residents live in a special place at a special moment for the growth of clean transportation in San Diego. In 2012, Gov. Jerry Brown set a bold vision of having 1.5 million zero-emission vehicles on the road in California by 2025. With the education campaign and thousands of new chargers dotting the community, SDG&E believes it’s possible to quadruple the current 20,000 EVs on San Diego’s roads by 2020, bringing the region ever closer to meeting its share of the state’s eventual goal. This will accelerate the EV race in San Diego and forge a path to a future where electric vehicles become the majority on local roads, not just the exception.

For those interested in learning more about the education campaign and EV charging station program, visit sdge.com/poweryourdrive or email [email protected].

SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides safe, reliable, clean energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. More than 4,300 employees work to provide the most reliable and clean energy in the West. The company has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in addressing climate change, was the first to meet California’s goal of delivering 33 percent of energy from renewable sources, has fueled the adoption of electric vehicles and energy efficiency through unique customer programs, and supports more than 600 non-profit partners. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit sdge.com/newsroom or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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SDG&E and Renewable Energy: Partners in California’s Future

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Five ways SDG&E is leading in clean energy NOW

This is the final article in a four-part series on SDG&E’s commitment to providing solutions for our customers through innovations like the Renewable Meter Adapter.

Start the series from the beginning by learning about the steps to go solar.

There are many ways in which San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) delivers on its commitment to better the communities served by the energy company. Connecting customers to information about how they use energy to give them control over their energy bill is one example of how SDG&E is more than an energy company. Another is by leading the way in achieving California’s clean energy goals.

SDG&E has developed tools, innovative technologies and resources to help the region and individual customers seamlessly integrate renewable energy into their lives. The company’s future focus is to balance our clean energy goals with providing more choices and affordable energy to our customers.

Five ways SDG&E is leading in clean energy NOW

  1. Investing in universal solar and wind power: SDG&E was the first, and is currently the only, investor-owned energy company to source 33 percent of its energy from renewable resources—well ahead of California’s mandate. And SDG&E isn’t stopping there. The energy company is on track to deliver more than 40 percent clean renewable energy by 2018, and 50 percent by 2030.
  2. Fastest private solar connection in the state: To connect customers’ private rooftop solar systems to the grid quickly, SDG&E developed an online application that makes the interconnection process fast and convenient for new solar adopters. On average, it only takes four to five days to connect a private solar system to the power grid—the fastest approval time in the state. Customers also have the option to choose SDG&E’s “Fast Track” process, which allows customers to power on their private solar systems the same day city or county approval is received.
  3. Innovative customer solutions: SDG&E goes above-and-beyond to find solutions for our customers. In 2015, one of these solutions—the Renewable Meter Adapter—was introduced to customers as a means to bypass electric panel upgrades often needed to install private solar systems. Nearly 3,000 Renewable Meter Adapters have been installed to date, collectively saving SDG&E customers more than $3,000,000 in construction costs.
  4. Clean energy choices for customers: In 2016, SDG&E will introduce a new billing option for customers looking to do more to personally invest in a clean energy future. With the new option, called SunRate®, SDG&E customers can sign up to pay for up to 100 percent clean renewable energy.
  5. Powering electric drive: Earlier this year, SDG&E received approval to launch Power Your Drive, a pilot program authorizing SDG&E to install 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations at businesses and multi-family residences throughout San Diego and southern Orange counties. The goal of the initiative is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by making electric vehicle charging more accessible to hundreds of thousands of residents living in multi-family residences and disadvantaged communities throughout the region.

Through these efforts, SDG&E is working to be a stronger partner to the communities we serve and deliver on the company’s commitment to an affordable clean energy future.

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SDG&E Invention Saves Time, Money for New Private Solar Customers

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SDG&E Customer Generation Manager and Co-Inventor of the Renewable Meter Adapter, Ken Parks with an innovative solar solution, the Renewable Meter Adapter

$3 million+ saved by customers installing solar panels

SAN DIEGO, April 15, 2016 – Over the last eight months, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has helped nearly 3,000 private solar customers collectively save more than $3 million on the costs to go solar. August 2015 was when SDG&E first announced its Renewable Meter Adapter invention, a technology that was developed as an alternative for expensive and time consuming electric panel upgrades that are often required to accommodate solar.

 “I work with a number of solar customers and after many conversations I realized that electric panel upgrades were becoming an obstacle in the pathway to solar,” said SDG&E Customer Generation Manager Ken Parks and co-inventor of the Renewable Meter Adapter. “I knew that we could improve the customer experience if we could find a way to avoid the time and money associated with panel upgrades.”

Typically, homes built before 1995—or nearly three quarters of San Diego homes—require electric panel upgrades before connecting private solar. These upgrades, which can cost up to $10,000, often include construction to walls, stucco and landscaping, introducing additional delays and permitting requirements. Not only do these upgrades take time, they require intricate electrical work that bring with it safety risks.

“Homeowners have a new reason to consider going solar, because this device has made it more affordable and efficient,” said Councilman Mark Kersey, who represents San Diego’s fifth district, including Rancho Bernardo. “This is not only good for the environment, but also our local economy.”

Robert Clossin, one of SDG&E’s Rancho Bernardo customers who today had a Renewable Meter Adapter installed said, “When our solar contractor recommended the Renewable Meter Adapter instead of a panel upgrade we knew we would save money. However, the best part was avoiding the annoyance and extra time of having to upgrade our panel, trying to match the exterior paint on our home and coordinating additional inspections.”

The Renewable Meter Adapter device can be installed in under an hour, completing work that would have previously taken days and required additional electrical inspections. In addition, SDG&E will operate and maintain the device for the life of the product.

An SDG&E technician installs the Renewable Meter Adapter at the Clossin residence

“When we first announced this innovative technology, we believed it would help to make solar more accessible for our customers,” said Parks. “The response has been staggering, and the fact that this technology has helped so many customers is a testament to how this technology has created a solution to a problem. It’s making clean energy more affordable.”

In addition to the Renewable Meter Adapter, SDG&E’s “fast track” option allows same-day connection of panels, once the panels are deemed safe by the city or county inspector.

Customers interested in installing a Renewable Meter Adapter can reserve their Renewable Meter Adapter by visiting sdge.com/rma or emailing [email protected].

SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides safe, reliable, clean energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. More than 4,300 employees work to provide the most reliable and clean energy in the West. The company has been recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for leadership in addressing climate change, was the first to meet California’s goal of delivering 33 percent of energy from renewable sources, has fueled the adoption of electric vehicles and energy efficiency through unique customer programs, and supports more than 600 non-profit partners. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information visit sdge.com/newsroom or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.

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Meet the SDG&E Employees Changing the Solar Landscape

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Mike Colburn & Ken Parks, inventors of the Renewable Meter Adapter

This article is the third in a four-part series on SDG&E’s commitment to providing solutions for our customers through innovations like the Renewable Meter Adapter.

Start the series from the beginning by learning about the steps to go solar.

Thousands of residents in San Diego and southern Orange counties are saving time and money on private solar installations as a result of innovative technology developed by San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), the Renewable Meter Adapter. This success may not have happened if it had not been for two long-time SDG&E employees, Major Projects Manager, Michael Colburn and Customer Generation Manager, Ken Parks.

Ken Parks joined SDG&E in 1978—a time when the internet was in its infancy, Sony had just built the first Walkman prototype, and residential rooftop solar was essentially non-existent in America. As the Digital Revolution of the 70s and 80s introduced PCs, video games and cell phones, forever changing our relationships with technology, the energy industry was also on the brink of major changes that would shape the industry, and Parks’ career, for decades to come.

Fast-forward to 2007: Ken Parks is leading the SDG&E team that connects thousands of private solar panels to the energy grid, working alongside SDG&E Major Projects Manager, Michael Colburn—an electrical engineer and San Diego native.

In 2012, the duo found that expensive and time-consuming electric panel upgrades were creating a roadblock for many customers considering private solar. Beyond inconveniencing homeowners, the intricate electrical work required for a panel upgrade poses safety risks to the contractor.

Colburn reflected, “We knew that there had to be a solution that would make solar accessible to more of our customers and improve their experience. Together, we recognized that if our customers could bypass the panel work, private solar would be more affordable, reliable and safe.”

Parks and Colburn quickly worked to move the project from concept to reality. By August 2013, the team filed a patent for the innovative technology now known as the Renewable Meter Adapter.

The team then selected an American business to manufacture the device, and by August 2015, SDG&E’s began installing the Renewable Meter Adapter.

In less than a year, the Renewable Meter Adapter has helped SDG&E customers save countless hours and more than $3 million collectively in avoided costs for panel upgrades.

“The key thing is that you’ve got to listen to your customers,” Parks said. “If it makes sense and we can avoid time, unnecessary costs and improve the experience for our customers, we will do it.”

Customers interested in installing an American-made Renewable Meter Adapter can reserve their device by visiting sdge.com/rma or emailing [email protected].

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Energy Companies: Revolution or Evolution?

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SDG&E Viewpoint: Evolution

Leaders from energy companies and state agencies took to the stage at the “Energy Times Renewable Energy Conference” in San Francisco on April 6. There was a vibrant discussion about the so-called, “Utility of the Future.”

The panel discussion included SDG&E’s Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Dan Skopec. Skopec shared SDG&E’s viewpoint on how customers expect their energy company to offer services that improve their lives and make it easy for them to take control of their energy – be it by delivering more clean energy,  connecting private solar, charging an electric vehicle, or seeking energy efficient appliances.

“The utility of the future is here, it is here in California,” said Skopec. “This is an evolution, not a revolution. The power grid is amazing and will provide the economic, technology and environmental benefits that our society needs for a long, long time.”

Skopec underscored the importance in recognizing how SDG&E has evolved in the last 20-years. Among its many achievements, Skopec highlighted how today:

  • 1.4 million smart meters connect the energy company to its customers and connect customers to their energy data, helping them make informed energy choices, and unlock new bill options like time-of-use billing.
  • 1,000 megawatts have been saved with energy efficiency measures.
  • 85,000+ people have installed private solar on their rooftop. SDG&E has helped to make solar safer, faster, cheaper and easier to install through innovations like the Renewable Meter Adapter and the Fast Track option for customers who want to connect their private solar to the reliable energy grid in as few as 24 hours.
  • 20,000 people are driving electric vehicles in San Diego. SDG&E has developed a new billing option for these customers to encourage charging at times when clean energy is most abundant. The company is now embarking on the “Power Your Drive” pilot program, an initiative to build 3,500 electric vehicle charging stations.
  • 60 percent of SDG&E’s customers are using My Account, an online tool to manage energy use, search for energy efficient appliances, apply for different energy bill plans, and pay their bill.
  • 33 percent of the energy SDG&E delivers to its customers comes from renewable energy – 20 years ago it was one percent. And, in 2016 SDG&E will introduce a 100 percent renewable energy option, SunRate, for customers to choose.

“It isn’t that we’re the same industry we were 100 years ago – we’re several steps down the road,” added Skopec.

SDG&E is committed to being at the forefront of the energy industry evolution. The company is focused on providing more affordable and sustainable energy choices to better the lives of the customers it serves. 

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SDG&E Taking Steps to Reduce Summer Reliability Concerns

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Today, state energy regulators and the Los Angeles Department of Water & Power (LADWP) partnered to jointly issue the Aliso Canyon Action Plan to Preserve Gas & Electric Reliability. The report states that there is a possibility that millions of customers in Los Angeles, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside and San Diego counties could experience outages when electricity demand peaks.

At SDG&E, providing safe and reliable power to our customers is our top priority and is what our customers deserve.

While direct impacts to SDG&E’s system were not specifically called out in the plan, California’s power grid is interconnected, which means if something happens north of San Diego and south Orange counties, it can ultimately affect SDG&E customers.

The company works hard all year long to ensure that energy supplies meet our customers’ needs, and that we are continuously improving our award-winning reliable power grid. This is particularly true leading up to the hot summer months, and this year is no exception.

Every year, we recognize that there could be constraints on the Southern California electric system during prolonged periods of heat, high energy use and lack of energy supply. This summer, with the potential for reduced natural gas supplies to fuel electric generating plants, we are on heightened alert. This concern is exactly why we are taking precautions now, including plans to increase communication to customers about conservation measures and reduce-your-use programs.

How and why will it affect us?

According to the report, on as many as 14 days this summer, gas service interruptions could be large enough to force LADWP and the California ISO—the organization in charge of managing the flow of electricity across the high-voltage, long-distance power lines in California—to limit electricity service to consumers across a wide area in the L.A. Basin.

This is a cause for concern in San Diego as our power grid is interconnected throughout the state and our customers may be requested to reduce their energy usage.

We will continue to remain closely coordinated with the California ISO, and we will provide updates all summer long to our customers to help them stay informed about any emerging issues related to this situation.

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Employee Invention Aims to Make Solar for Individual Homes Faster, Safer and Less Expensive

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This article is the second in a four-part series on SDG&E’s commitment to providing solutions for our customers through innovations like the Renewable Meter Adapter.

The first article in this series took a look at the steps in the solar installation process—now it’s time to explore how SDG&E is making the process easier for customers:

As private solar adoption for individual homeowners in the region continues to expand, so do opportunities to improve the process. In 2012, after recognizing that electrical panel upgrades were creating a roadblock for many customers considering rooftop solar, SDG&E employees Mike Colburn and Ken Parks began working to create a device that would help alleviate the time and financial impacts that come with electrical panel upgrades.

Typically, homes built before 1995—or nearly three quarters of San Diego homes—require electric panel upgrades to safely power rooftop solar panels. While the panel upgrades alone average $2,300, there are often added costs for construction, which can quickly exceed $10,000. Not only do these upgrades require a financial investment, they also introduce additional permitting requirements and safety risks that come with intricate electrical work.

The solution: the Renewable Meter Adapter. Now, instead of waiting for panel upgrades and associated permits, a customer can purchase the Renewable Meter Adapter for $1,326 and about one week later it will be installed by SDG&E. Beyond installation, SDG&E will own and service the Renewable Meter Adapter for the lifetime of the device.

August 2015 marked the first installation of the duo’s invention, and to date nearly 3,000 customers have taken advantage of the technology, collectively saving more than $3 million in panel upgrade and construction costs, with that figure growing daily. Put simply by co-inventor Ken Parks, “This technology is a win-win—our customers are happy and connecting their solar panels is now easier.”

This innovative device gives SDG&E customers a new option when considering private solar for their home. Learn more about the Renewable Meter Adapter at sdge.com/RMA.

The next story in this series will look more closely at the inventors of the Renewable Meter Adapter and how the device has become a customer service solution

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SDG&E Adding New Technologies to Harness Clean Energy, Efficiencies

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Company adds 38.5 MWs of energy storage and energy efficiency projects

SAN DIEGO, March 31, 2016 – Today, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced that it has signed a contract with Hecate Energy Bancroft, LLC for a new 20-megawatt (MW) energy storage facility that will be capable of storing enough electricity to power 28,000 homes for up to four hours. The company also contracted for 18.5 MW of energy efficiency projects with Willdan Energy Solutions, with the goal of launching measures to help customers’ reduce energy usage in local buildings related to heating and air conditioning, refrigeration, lighting and other commercial features.

The lithium ion battery project would be the largest of its kind in the San Diego region. Building on SDG&E’s commitment to create efficiencies and provide clean energy, the storage facility and energy efficiency projects will support the company’s leadership position in delivering more renewable energy and bringing other sustainable practices directly into the community. Along with SDG&E solutions for increasing the number of zero-emission vehicles, these efforts help to lower the region’s carbon footprint overall.

 “These projects will help us expand the use of energy conservation technologies in many new locations in the community,” said SDG&E’s Chief Energy Supply Officer, Scott Drury. “Furthermore, SDG&E is proud to launch an advanced energy storage facility to harness solar, wind and other sources of energy so that we can supply it to our customers when they need it most.”

The project can store supplies of solar, wind and other clean traditional resources when they are abundant and inexpensive, and release that energy during peak hours when customer demand is high.

“SDG&E has been named ‘Best in the West’ 10 years in a row for providing the most reliable electric service,” said Drury. “Our customers want clean, reliable and affordable energy and these technologies are part of our efforts to make smart investments that deliver these core benefits.”

 The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has set targets for California’s electric utilities to procure large amounts of energy storage by 2020, including 165 MW by SDG&E. This project brings SDG&E’s total completed or in progress energy storage projects to 79 MW and puts the utility well ahead of schedule for meeting California’s storage goals.

The 20-MW battery project will be owned by Hecate Energy Bancroft LLC and supply energy under a 20-year power purchase agreement to SDG&E. The facility is expected to be completed by 2019.

The energy efficiency projects will be delivered by Willdan Energy Solutions. The contract will result in energy and capacity savings totaling 18.5 MW by the end of the six-year term, in 2024.

Both contracts must be approved by the CPUC.

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 873,000 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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My Account: Saving Energy Made Easy

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SDG&E My Account customer tools

There’s more to My Account than just paying your bill. At SDG&E, we are committed to being a trusted energy advisor by providing tools that can help you identify real, tangible ways that will help you save energy at home.

Not only will the My Account tool help educate customers about how they can use energy more efficiently, but it will also play a vital role in helping those who are interested in reducing their carbon footprint. Our personalized, integrated, and user-friendly solutions give customers greater choice, convenience, and control over their energy use and their utility bills.

How you can save

By signing up for My Account through our website, customers can access the Energy Management Tool, which helps them manage their energy use by providing daily updates on how and where they use energy the most.

Even if you're on the go, you can still keep track of your energy use and costs with email or text alerts. These alerts give you information about your account, bill, energy use, and more. For a more detailed analysis of your costs and energy use, you can fill out the profiles and surveys within the My Account portal.

Some additional things you can do on My Account include:

  • See an overview of your energy use
  • Get current bill and a forecasted bill for the month
  • Review your hourly, weekly or monthly energy use
  • Analyze your bill to see why it changes
  • Learn about energy-saving actions specific to your home

To sign up for My Account, visit sdge.com. If you are already using My Account and would like more information on how to get customized energy reports, log into My Account and click on the My Energy tab.

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