San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) defines the Smart Grid as “an end-to-end transformation of our electric system that applies advances in technology to deliver a range of new benefits to all stakeholders”, as stated in their Smart Grid Deployment Plan. This transformation is being driven by choices customers are making today including the adoption of renewable energy technologies, electric vehicles and emerging energy management tools and information services, as well as by the enactment of California’s ambitious energy policy goals. SDG&E’s vision for its Smart Grid transformation is to work in collaboration with key stakeholders to create the foundation for an innovative, connected and sustainable energy future.
While SDG&E’s Test Year (TY) 2012 General Rate Case2 (GRC) application is awaiting a California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) decision, deployment of Smart Grid solutions are nonetheless urgently needed to successfully implement state energy policy goals and to keep pace with the needs of customers. Driven by that urgency, SDG&E is already moving forward with most of its planned Smart Grid projects, while regulatory approval of its GRC is still pending. This Smart Grid Deployment Plan –2012 Annual Report (“Annual Report”) provides stakeholders with an update on SDG&E’s Smart Grid deployment as the San Diego region continues its rapid advance towards a smarter and cleaner energy future.
This Annual Report provides a status update to SDG&E’s Smart Grid metrics, deployment costs, and benefits for the period of July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 (“the Reporting Period”). Other information provided in the report includes additional highlights through September 2012.