Latest Sempra Energy Responsibility Report Details Sustainable Growth

Jun 29, 2017

SAN DIEGO, June 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today released its 2016 corporate responsibility report, outlining the company's responsible approach to providing safe and reliable energy service, and developing energy infrastructure.

"At Sempra Energy, we take great pride in improving lives with energy and innovation every day," said Debra L. Reed, chairman, president and CEO of Sempra Energy. "Our latest corporate responsibility report chronicles our efforts to continue growing our businesses, developing new infrastructure and delivering energy in a responsible way."

The 2016 report, titled "Sustainable Growth," documents how Sempra Energy is actively addressing climate change and associated risks. Among the highlights:

  • Sempra Energy's companywide emissions rate for power generation is roughly half the U.S. national average. In fact, 50 percent of all power generation owned by Sempra Energy is emissions-free solar, wind and hydroelectric power.
  • Southern California Gas Co. worked with its partners to develop a near-zero-emissions, heavy-duty engine fueled by natural gas. The first-of-its-kind engine was deployed commercially in 2016.
  • San Diego Gas & Electric sourced approximately 43 percent of the energy it delivered to customers from renewable resources in 2016. The utility also began offering its customers a 100-percent renewable energy option.
  • Sempra Mexico's IEnova is expanding Mexico's natural gas and renewable energy infrastructure to help reduce the country's dependence on oil. The company now owns the largest wind farm in Mexico, capable of generating 252 megawatts (MW) of electricity.  
  • Sempra South American Utilities' Luz del Sur now operates the Santa Teresa hydroelectric plant, capable of producing up to 100 MW of clean energy each day.
  • Sempra LNG & Midstream continues to work with partners to develop the infrastructure that will make liquefied natural gas (LNG) available to countries that currently rely on fuel oil or coal for power generation.
  • Sempra Renewables completed the construction of four renewable energy projects in 2016 capable of producing 422 MW of clean power.

Sempra Energy's corporate responsibility report detailing the company's efforts in the community, environment, reducing water use, safety and more is available online at www.sempra.com.

The Sempra Energy companies include Southern California Gas Co., San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra Mexico, Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra LNG & Midstream and Sempra Renewables.

Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2016 revenues of more than $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' more than 16,000 employees serve approximately 32 million consumers worldwide.

This press release contains statements that are not historical fact and constitute forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995.  These statements can be identified by words like "believes," "expects," "anticipates," "plans," "estimates," "projects," "forecasts," "contemplates," "assumes," "depends," "should," "could," "would," "will," "confident," "may," "can," "potential," "possible," "proposed," "target," "pursue," "outlook," "maintain," or similar expressions or discussions of guidance, strategies, plans, goals, opportunities, projections, initiatives, objectives or intentions. Forward-looking statements are not guarantees of performance.  They involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. Future results may differ materially from those expressed in the forward-looking statements. 

Factors, among others, that could cause actual results and future actions to differ materially from those described in forward-looking statements include: actions and the timing of actions, including decisions, new regulations, and issuances of permits and other authorizations by the California Public Utilities Commission, U.S. Department of Energy, California Division of Oil, Gas, and Geothermal Resources, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health, states, cities and counties, and other regulatory and governmental bodies in the United States and other countries in which we operate; the timing and success of business development efforts and construction projects, including risks in obtaining or maintaining permits and other authorizations on a timely basis, risks in completing construction projects on schedule and on budget, and risks in obtaining the consent and participation of partners; the resolution of civil and criminal litigation and regulatory investigations; deviations from regulatory precedent or practice that result in a reallocation of benefits or burdens among shareholders and ratepayers; modifications of settlements; delays in, or disallowance or denial of, regulatory agency authorizations to recover costs in rates from customers (including with respect to regulatory assets associated with the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station facility and 2007 wildfires) or regulatory agency approval for projects required to enhance safety and reliability; the availability of electric power, natural gas and liquefied natural gas, and natural gas pipeline and storage capacity, including disruptions caused by failures in the transmission grid, moratoriums on the withdrawal or injection of natural gas from or into storage facilities, and equipment failures; changes in energy markets; volatility in commodity prices; moves to reduce or eliminate reliance on natural gas; the impact on the value of our investment in natural gas storage and related assets from low natural gas prices, low volatility of natural gas prices and the inability to procure favorable long-term contracts for storage services; risks posed by actions of third parties who control the operations of our investments, and risks that our partners or counterparties will be unable or unwilling to fulfill their contractual commitments; weather conditions, natural disasters, accidents, equipment failures, computer system outages, explosions, terrorist attacks and other events that disrupt our operations, damage our facilities and systems, cause the release of greenhouse gases, radioactive materials and harmful emissions, cause wildfires and subject us to third-party liability for property damage or personal injuries, fines and penalties, some of which may not be covered by insurance (including costs in excess of applicable policy limits) or may be disputed by insurers; cybersecurity threats to the energy grid, storage and pipeline infrastructure, the information and systems used to operate our businesses and the confidentiality of our proprietary information and the personal information of our customers and employees; capital markets and economic conditions, including the availability of credit and the liquidity of our investments; fluctuations in inflation, interest and currency exchange rates and our ability to effectively hedge the risk of such fluctuations; changes in the tax code as a result of potential federal tax reform, such as the elimination of the deduction for interest and non-deductibility of all, or a portion of, the cost of imported materials, equipment and commodities; changes in foreign and domestic trade policies and laws, including border tariffs, revisions to favorable international trade agreements, and changes that make our exports less competitive or otherwise restrict our ability to export; the ability to win competitively bid infrastructure projects against a number of strong and aggressive competitors; expropriation of assets by foreign governments and title and other property disputes; the impact on reliability of San Diego Gas & Electric Company's (SDG&E) electric transmission and distribution system due to increased amount and variability of power supply from renewable energy sources; the impact on competitive customer rates due to the growth in distributed and local power generation and the corresponding decrease in demand for power delivered through SDG&E's electric transmission and distribution system and from possible departing retail load resulting from customers transferring to Direct Access and Community Choice Aggregation; and other uncertainties, some of which may be difficult to predict and are beyond our control.

These risks and uncertainties are further discussed in the reports that Sempra Energy has filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission. These reports are available through the EDGAR system free-of-charge on the SEC's website, www.sec.gov, and on the company's website at www.sempra.com. Investors should not rely unduly on any forward-looking statements.  These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forecasts or projections or other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

Sempra South American Utilities, Sempra Infrastructure, Sempra LNG & Midstream, Sempra Renewables, Sempra Mexico and Infraestructura Energética Nova, S.A.B. de C.V. (IEnova) are not the same as the California Utilities, San Diego Gas & Electric Company (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas), and are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission.

 

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For further information: Media Contact: Maria McGregor, Sempra Energy, (877) 340-8875, www.sempra.com; Financial Contact: Patrick Billings, Sempra Energy, (877) 736-7727, investor@sempra.com


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