July 7 -- San Diego Gas & Electric Company issued the following news release:
Leading up to summer, several teams across our company have been busy preparing to help ensure the electric grid can reliably meet?rising electricity demand in hot summer months, as more people turn on their air conditioners to stay cool.
Ahead of summer, various teams across our company have been busy preparing to ensure the power grid can reliably meet the growing demand for electricity during the hot summer months, as more people use their air conditioners to stay cool.
Each year, we plan for the summer, investing in infrastructure improvements and energy conservation incentive programs to improve the reliability and resiliency of our electrical system. Over the past two years, SDG&E has worked diligently to source additional energy resources, increasing its owned and contracted energy storage by more than 240 megawatts. With additional projects under development or pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), we expect our storage capacity to more than double by the end of 2023.
We've also implemented new energy conservation incentive programs and are helping increase CAISO Flex Alerts awareness efforts to prepare our customers for the summer.
From an electricity supply perspective, our region is well positioned to meet our customers' energy demand with a mix of imported and locally generated electricity. The Palomar Energy Center in Escondido was upgraded last year, expanding its power generation capacity by 23 megawatts.
An interconnected power grid
Although SDG&E has done its part to prepare for the summer, it is important to know that California's electric transmission system is interconnected throughout the state and with other states located to the west. What happens elsewhere in California or in the West can affect electric service in San Diego and vice versa. Because of the interdependencies of California's electric grid, energy providers and consumers across the state have been asked to do their part to help. SDG&E has been working closely with state agencies, such as the CPUC and CAISO, to address potential resource shortages.
Programa Power Saver Rewards
If the electrical grid becomes overloaded due to high demand, we have to encourage our customers to reduce their energy consumption during peak demand hours from 4 pm to 9 pm.
With the new Power Saver Rewards Program running through October, residential customers have the opportunity to receive a reward for reducing their energy use when there is stress on the electrical grid and when CAISO issues a Flex Alert or Alert Watch. Energy Emergency. If participating customers are able to reduce their energy usage below their typical usage when a Power Saver Rewards event is called, when the grid is especially stressed, they will receive a credit of $2.00 per kilowatt hour on their next energy bill that includes the date the event took place.
To learn more about Power Saver Rewards and to enroll in the program, visit sdge.com/powersaver .
The state's energy outlook is positive
According to CAISO, forecast power supply conditions this summer represent an improvement over last year, largely because more than 4,000 megawatts of power capacity were added between June 2021 and 2022.
We will continue to coordinate closely with CAISO to keep our clients prepared and informed.
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Source: San Diego Gas & Electric Company
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