San Diego Gas & Electric said it is prepared to meet this summer’s energy demands but there may be days when it will need help from customers.
The region’s utility, a unit of San Diego-based Sempra Energy, said it would appreciate all efforts to conserve through what has already been a hot summer, starting in early May.
The need to conserve is especially important, given the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station is permanently offline, the utility said.
The region continues to increase reliability by importing power from renewable generation projects in Imperial Valley, and is coordinating with the California Independent System Operator Corp., and Southern California Edison on contingency plans for adequate electricity. resources, SDG&E said.
Steve Berberich, ISO president, said while there’s sufficient supply to get the region through the most extreme weather conditions, unpredictable events such as wildfires can still create reliability challenges in Southern California.
“If you hear a flex alert, please help us by conserving power until we get over the afternoon peak. Voluntary conservation is better than people losing power and makes sure that everyone has the electricity they need,” he said.
To help conservation efforts, SDG&E launched a Reduce Your Use Thermostat program that provides programmable communicating thermostats to eligible businesses and residential customers free of charge. The thermostats enable customers to receive a higher bill credit on Reduce Your Use Reward days.