SAN DIEGO, Dec. 4, 2017 – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) is committed to incorporating technologies that increase the amount of sustainable energy delivered to its customers to power their homes and businesses. Recently, SDG&E’s efforts to be at the forefront of innovation and energy storage integration was recognized by Utility Dive, a leading energy industry news publisher. As part of their annual awards to recognize the industry’s top disruptors and innovators that are transforming and shaping the future, SDG&E’s battery energy storage facility in Escondido, Calif. was selected for the 2017 Dive Awards ‘project of the year.’
In February, SDG&E unveiled, what was then, the world’s largest lithium-ion battery energy storage facility in partnership with AES Energy Storage. The 30-MW facility enhances regional energy reliability while maximizing renewable energy use, and can store up to 120 megawatt hours of energy, the energy equivalent of serving 20,000 customers for four hours.
Since March, the battery facility has been bid into the day ahead and real-time markets and dispatched by California’s power grid operator to meet energy needs.
Energy storage is playing a key role in SDG&E’s commitment to delivering clean, safe and reliable energy. Currently, SDG&E owns and operates more than 100 MWs of energy storage in San Diego with more projects coming in 2018. The company currently has five new local battery storage facilities for a total of 83.5 MW pending approval by the California Public Utilities Commission. These projects can help support the delivery of more renewables to customers.
SDG&E is an innovative San Diego-based energy company that provides safe, reliable, clean energy to better the lives of the people it serves in San Diego and southern Orange counties. More than 4,000 employees work to provide the cleanest, safest and most reliable energy in the West. The company was the first to meet California’s goal of delivering 33 percent of energy from renewable sources, has fueled the adoption of electric vehicles and energy efficiency through unique customer programs, and supports a number of non-profit partners. SDG&E is a subsidiary of Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based in San Diego. For more information, visit SDGEnews.com or connect with SDG&E on Twitter (@SDGE), Instagram (@SDGE) and Facebook.