San Diego Gas and Electric
San Diego Gas & Electric improves lives and communities by building the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy infrastructure company in America. Amid the growing urgency to address climate change and its impacts, SDG&E has released a comprehensive sustainability strategy with specific, actionable commitments in the areas of environmental stewardship, clean transportation, grid modernization, community engagement and other company operations.
SDG&E Partnership with Scripps Institution of Oceanography to Assess Coastal Flooding Risk
As California faces increasing hazards due to climate change, SDG&E utility infrastructure may be at risk of coastal flooding and shoreline erosion. SDG&E has partnered with the Center for Climate Change Impacts and Adaptation (CCCIA) and the Center for Western Weather and Water Extremes (CW3E) at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, to assess this risk on energy reliability in San Diego and the effects of climate change in the region. Together, Scripps and SDG&E will create an early warning coastal flood model while advancing understanding of ocean, weather, and climate conditions to build a more resilient San Diego. Read more here.
SDG&E Wildfire Resilience Events and Resources
The Fire Science and Climate Adaptation team at SDG&E is prioritizing public safety in the wake of recent catastrophic wildfires across California. In an effort to promote wildfire emergency preparedness, SDG&E hosts drive-thru wildfire safety fairs and webinars for customers. Wildfire safety fairs will take place in 6 locations around San Diego County this summer and provide emergency supplies, education from SDG&E, and information from emergency partners, while maintaining COVID-19 safety precautions. Webinars are designed to educate and empower the San Diego community by informing the public about wildfire resilience resources available to them.
SDG&E Wildfire Resilience Infrastructure & Communication Advancements
To build a more wildfire-resilient electrical grid, SDG&E is strengthening their systems and facilities and ensuring rapid customer communication in the event of a wildfire. To lower wildfire risk, SDG&E’s dedicated meteorology team is aided by vegetation management, a transition to steel electrical poles and the addition of underground power lines, drone inspection and monitoring, and a remote wildfire camera alert system. Customers can sign up to receive alerts surrounding wildfire events and planned safety power shutoffs in their area by downloading the Alerts by SDG&E app.