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SDG&E to offer Electric Vehicle Drivers a Bill Credit

San Diego County CA— Not only do electric vehicles (EVs) help to create cleaner air and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in our community, now the region’s 23,000 EV drivers can enjoy a credit each year on their SDG&E bill.

Those who drive an all-electric vehicle or a plug-in hybrid EV can now enroll to receive a credit of at least $50 on their SDG&E residential bill. The Electric Vehicle Climate Credit is part of a statewide greenhouse gas reduction program administered by the California Air Resources Board (CARB).

“We are excited to launch this annual program to help fight climate change and increase adoption of clean-fuel vehicles,” said Michael Schneider, SDG&E Vice President of Operations Support and Chief Environmental Officer. “In San Diego, transportation produces more than half of all harmful air emissions. With more than 40 percent of SDG&E’s energy generated from renewable resources, each mile driven using electricity from the local power grid reduces the region’s carbon footprint.”

EV drivers can sign up starting today at www.sdge.com/evcc. They will need their SDG&E account number and DMV registration card to sign up. A bill credit will be applied this summer. The amount of the credit will be based on the number of people who have applied. Program enrollments will be accepted annually February through May.

Each year the Electric Vehicle Climate Credit will apply to current EV drivers. This means that if an EV changes ownership or leasing status, the new owner will be able sign up for the bill credit.

This CARB program is funded through the sale of low carbon fuel credits and not through utility rates. It is available to EVs in SDG&E’s territory that are registered to residents, and not commercial fleets.

“This program shows how tackling climate change can also help clean the air and give more consumers the chance to drive fast, quiet electric cars,” said Mary D. Nichols, chair of CARB.

Looking for more ways to save? EV drivers can save money by charging their EV at home between midnight and 5 a.m. through the SDG&E time-of-use rate program.  For more information on EV rates for your house visit www.sdge.com/evrates.  Live in an apartment or condo and need charging?  SDG&E has a new EV charging station program just for you.  Visit www.sdge.com/poweryourdrive for more information.

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 4,100 employees work to provide the cleanest and most reliable  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 SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook