San Diego County CA— On Wednesday, February 28, 2018, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) took another step toward preparing the region for the next major emergency. The company announced plans to add up to 166 megawatts (MW) of energy storage in a proposal submitted to the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). If approved, the projects would support public-sector facilities that provide safety, security and emergency services during power grid outages.
The initial projects – seven in total – would be in San Diego County’s rural and urban areas and serve critical public-sector facilities such as fire and police stations, emergency operation centers, and emergency evacuation sites. Providing these public facilities with energy storage systems will help maintain vital operations that serve the public’s well-being. Pending CPUC approval, the plan would be implemented in phases over the next few years with all projects in operation by 2024.
“The innovative projects were developed through close collaboration with local leaders and will significantly increase the resiliency of critical public-sector infrastructure,” said Scott Drury, SDG&E’s president.
SDG&E’s plan also includes an Energy Storage Customer Program Pilot. It would provide incentives for nonprofit care facilities to purchase energy storage systems. Eligible nonprofit low-income care facilities would include, but are not limited to, short or long-term care (hospice, nursing homes, children’s and senior’ homes), group homes for physically or mentally disabled persons, or other nonprofit group living homes.
The proposals are in response to California’s Assembly Bill 2868 which was signed into law in 2016 and allows the company to add distributed energy storage.
Pending CPUC approval, SDG&E would issue a solicitation to identify a third party to administer the Energy Storage Customer Program Pilot. The company expects to launch the program within one year of CPUC approval.
Energy storage is playing a key role in SDG&E’s commitment to deliver clean, safe and reliable energy. By 2030, the company expects to develop or interconnect more than 330 MWs of energy storage. These projects will help deliver more renewables to customers and help strengthen SDG&E’s record as the most reliable utility in the West.
SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides clean, safe and reliable energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The company is committed to creating a sustainable future by delivering 43 percent of its electricity from renewable sources; modernizing natural gas pipelines; accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles; supporting numerous non-profit partners; and, investing in innovative technologies to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s infrastructure for generations to come. 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.