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June 06, 2018

SDG&E Awarded for Enhancing Wildfire Preparedness

The Edison Electric Institute  (EEI) today awarded Sempra Energy utility San Diego Gas & Electric  (SDG&E) with the 2018 Edison Award, considered the electric power industry’s most prestigious honor. The award is a testament to SDG&E’s strategic investments to help strengthen the power grid, increase situational awareness and create operating protocols to enhance the entire region’s ability to respond to wildfires. 

“As part of our commitment to regional safety, we developed one of the most comprehensive and robust fire risk mitigation programs in the industry designed to help protect infrastructure and the communities we serve,” said Scott Drury, president of SDG&E. “We made one bold decision after another, and collaborated with public and private sectors, academia and government agencies to address climate change in new, innovative ways.”

Nearly a decade ago, SDG&E started aggressive efforts to combat climate change and enhance power grid resiliency. Rising temperatures, prolonged drought conditions, and severe weather patterns presented new challenges, including devastating wildfires.

SDG&E’s wildfire risk mitigation program has helped protect lives, homes and property from the threat of wildfire throughout the region. With a long-standing commitment to safety, SDG&E will continue to collaborate with various agencies and partners to build upon the foundation that helped create a resilient power grid.

SDG&E was presented with the 90th Edison Award on June 6, 2018, among a group of distinguished finalists known for their industry leadership, innovation and excellence in the global energy industry.

Learn more about SDG&E’s commitment to safety in their award submission video below and on the Wildfire Preparedness page of SDG&E’s NewsCenter.