SDG&E's Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan Meeting March 20 and 29

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SDG&E Named Most Intelligent Utility for 3rd Year in a Row

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SDG&E wins award

"We are fortunate to live in a community that embraces new technologies," said Jessie J. Knight, Jr., chairman and CEO of SDG&E. "SDG&E made a commitment to develop a smarter grid to support our customers' desires for cleaner energy, and greater use of rooftop solar and electric vehicles. These technologies require a smart grid so we must act now, we can't wait."

Intelligent Utility Magazine's UtiliQ survey measures utilities' progress toward intelligent operation and the development of a smart grid. UtiliQ rated 78 American utilities on operational efficiency, integration of renewables, smart-energy initiatives, demand response/energy efficiency programs and IT investments.

"The commitment to fully develop a smart grid is in SDG&E's DNA and evident in every part of our utility," said Knight. "We must be forward-thinking about the development of a sustainable energy future, and we work every day to put that forward-thinking vision into action."

SDG&E was among the first utilities to file a detailed Smart Grid Deployment Plan. This plan lays the foundation and lists smart grid technology projects the utility is already implementing, and how they will allocate energy resources more efficiently. It also describes how the utility is deploying new technology to give customers a much greater level of control over their energy usage - like its recent completion of its smart meter deployment and the online tools available for customers to access the meter's energy usage and make changes to lower their consumption.

Many of SDG&E's successes in the smart grid space come as a result of partnering with organizations throughout the world and working together on what the future of the smart grid will look like.

"Our partnerships with groups like Global Intelligent Utility Network Coalition, Gridwise Alliance, Smart City San Diego and Securing Our eCity help us to leverage synergies of the many different smart grid projects we are each working on and move those projects forward more quickly," said Knight.

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 customers save energy and money every day. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy SRE +0.51% , a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego.

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

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Community, Energy Efficiency

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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Send us an email at [email protected] and we will conduct a service check up. It’s one easy way you can help us avoid system overloads, outages and power quality problems.

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SDG&E to improve downtown San Diego energy reliability with new substation

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Outages

SDG&E to improve downtown San Diego energy reliability with new substation

Sep 7, 2006

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 7, 2006 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today received approval from the California Public Utilities Commission to construct a new 230,000-volt electrical substation to support the customer growth in the area of Downtown San Diego. The new Silvergate substation will be located south of Downtown and will strengthen SDG&E’s energy-delivery system for area homes, schools and businesses.

The $80 million substation will replace an older facility that was put into service more than 40 years ago and had reached the end of its useful service life. The substation will provide electric power to the Downtown San Diego region, Barrio Logan and surrounding areas.

“We are working hard to improve the reliability of our electric system to ensure that our customers have the energy they need, both now and in the future,” said James P. Avery, senior vice president-electric for SDG&E. “We look forward to completing this project by the end of 2008.”

The facility will ensure reliable power flows to the company’s current and future customers in the urban San Diego area. Electric power will flow out of the substation using SDG&E’s underground 69,000-volt transmission-line system. In addition, three 230,000-volt transmission lines will enter the new substation through underground vaults from a separate project currently under construction to install 52 miles of electric transmission lines. These lines will create a loop around the San Diego region to provide more system reliability and access to energy produced at a proposed power plant in the Otay Mesa area.

Transmission lines are used to move high-voltage electricity from power plants to neighborhood substations, where the energy is then “stepped down” to lower voltages in the station, and redirected to homes and businesses.

By applying innovative substation design and construction techniques, work crews will build a conventional-technology substation in an urban area. Several federal, state and local agencies, community groups and individual property owners took part in that process.

Another component of the Silvergate project will be to place an existing 138,000-volt overhead line underground and remove the existing lattice steel structures located along the bay front in the City of Chula Vista in support of the city’s redevelopment plans.

In the coming years, SDG&E expects to add about 22,000 new customers a year throughout its service territory, which requires new power lines and related facilities, according to Avery. The upgrading of existing equipment must occur while SDG&E accommodates significant customer growth and redevelopment efforts.

San Diego Gas & Electric is a full-service energy utility that currently serves 3.4 million consumers through 1.3 million electric meters and more than 825,000 natural gas meters. The utility’s service area spans 4,100 square miles and serves customers in more than 125 communities from Southern Orange County to the Mexican border. SDG&E is a regulated subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE:SRE). Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company. To learn more, go to www.sdge.com.

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