San Diego Gas & Electric Leads U.S. Utilities in Clean Energy Sales
Sempra Energy’s San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) subsidiary has been named the top utility in the United States for renewable energy sales, with more than 35 percent* of electric retail sales originating from renewable sources in 2014, according to a recent report issued by Ceres, a nonprofit organization that advocates environmentally responsible and sustainable investments.
The report says California’s three major investor-owned utilities lead the nation in renewable energy sales. SDG&E’s 2013 and 2014 sales in the renewable category grew by about 55 percent.
Additionally, SDG&E was the first California utility to reach the state imposed limit on the number of customers eligible to participate in a rooftop solar subsidy program called Net Energy Metering (NEM). The NEM subsidy provides credits to customers whose rooftop solar panels produce excess energy that can be supplied to the electric grid. In turn, the utility provides energy to solar customers when they need it from the grid. SDG&E will transition into a second phase of the state program, which offers many of the same benefits to solar customers.
“Transitioning new private solar customers to the next phase of the Net Energy Metering program is another sign that our region is a leader in the clean energy movement,” said Caroline Winn, chief energy delivery officer of SDG&E.
*This is subject to review and audit by the California Public Utilities Commission and other regulatory agencies.