Environment: Our Commitment
In our region, many of us share the goal of creating a more environmentally sustainable future by reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from power generation, transportation and other sectors.
At SDG&E, we have been working hard toward that future for years.
Around 45 percent of the electricity that powers the region’s homes and businesses comes from renewable sources, such as solar and wind. The national average is about 10 percent. It’s also worth noting that there are no coal contracts as part of our energy portfolio.
The single largest source of carbon pollution in California is transportation. Motorized vehicles account for roughly 40 percent of our state’s GHG emissions (and about 50 percent in San Diego), while electricity generation accounts for about 19 percent. The consensus among policymakers is that transportation electrification is key to meeting local and state climate goals.
For that reason, we have moved aggressively to support transportation electrification by expanding the electric vehicle charging infrastructure in our region. Through our Power Your Drive program, we’re working to install thousands of charging ports at apartments, condo complexes and workplaces. We’re also launching new pilot projects to install charging stations at industrial and commercial facilities, such as the Port of San Diego and the San Diego International Airport.
Empowering Customers to Take Charge with EcoChoice
We are grateful for many of our customers who are partnering with us in our clean energy efforts by signing up for the EcoChoice program. Residents and businesses who enroll in EcoChoice can elect to purchase up to 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources.
We continue to support the growth of solar energy with programs and technologies that help customers install private rooftop systems in less time and for less money. San Diego has installed more private solar capacity than any other major American city, with more than 124,000 private solar systems connected to the power grid to date. Thousands of these solar customers have used the Renewable Meter Adapter—a device invented by two SDG&E employees to make it safer, easier and less expensive to install private solar systems.