SDG&E Pledges To Reach Net Zero GHG Emissions By 2045
Company Moving Forward with Two Hydrogen Projects, Adding Battery Storage and Vehicle-to-Grid Technology
Apr 19, 2021
SAN DIEGO, April 19, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on the sustainability strategy it released last October and its pledge to reach net zero greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 2045, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) announced it is developing two hydrogen pilot projects, nearing completion of an additional battery storage facility and will break ground on another, and launching a vehicle-to-grid pilot program featuring six electric school buses, among other efforts.
"Getting to a net zero future is the moonshot challenge of our era and one that the SDG&E team fully embraces," said SDG&E Chief Executive Officer Caroline Winn. "SDG&E has worked hard to align our investments with the climate objectives of local cities, the region and state and while there is a lot more work to be done, we are seeing many clean energy innovations emerge, and progress being made toward our mutual goal of a 100% clean energy future. While we'll continue to evolve our efforts to reflect stakeholder feedback, regulatory changes, and technological breakthroughs, I believe we can get there…one project at a time."
In partnership with local startups and organizations, SDG&E has advanced a number of hydrogen, energy storage, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure projects over the past year. (See fact sheet).
These projects illustrate some of the concrete steps SDG&E is taking to deliver on its sustainability commitments.
Hydrogen Innovations: SDG&E will begin construction this year on two hydrogen pilot projects that will test half a dozen use cases and anticipates putting them into service in 2022.
Energy Storage: Currently, SDG&E owns and operates 13 energy storage projects, totaling about 45 MW of energy storage. To maximize the use of renewable energy and enhance reliability, SDG&E expects to have a total of 135 MW of utility-owned energy storage integrated into the local with the addition of the following:
Clean Transportation: In addition to expanding the EV charging network through multiple programs, SDG&E is striving to pioneer vehicle-to-grid (V2G) technology.
"The development and the implementation of clean technologies have already helped create thousands of high-quality jobs in our region," said Cleantech San Diego President and CEO Jason Anderson. "This burgeoning sector is poised for continued growth, as more companies like SDG&E take the lead to drive innovations."
"Clean air goes hand in hand with clean energy and clean transportation," said Rita Redaelli, executive director of the American Lung Association in California – San Diego. "We are excited about the prospect of more electric cars, buses, and trucks on the road, as SDG&E scales up the charging network in our region."
SDG&E's climate pledge to achieve net zero emissions by 2045 covers all emissions (Scope 1, 2, and 3), which would eliminate not only its own direct emissions, but also those generated by customers. Efforts are already underway, and the company will seek out more opportunities to collaborate with business and industry in the communities it serves.
"Our school district has benefitted greatly from the electrification of our school buses," said Scott Buxbaum, assistant superintendent, business services, Cajon Valley Union School District. "Working with SDG&E on the vehicle to grid pilot program, we will be able to take it a step further by providing energy from the batteries back to the electric grid, which we can use to benefit our community during times of high demand and explore ways to save money."
"SDG&E's announcement aligns with the Port of San Diego's focus on environmental justice," said Sandy Naranjo, National City's representative on the Port of San Diego Board of Port Commissioners. "I'm also pleased that a working group with SDG&E and other key environmental and community stakeholders has been formed to explore how we can put words into action to further improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions on and around San Diego Bay and throughout our region."
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 providing 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). For more information, visit SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.
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