SDG&E Wins National Award for Best Electric Reliability in America
Company Receives Prestigious National Ranking for Third Time in Its History
In an unprecedented tie, SDG&E shares the "National Reliability Award" with Florida Light & Power Company. SDG&E also received the “Regional Reliability Award” for the Western Region for the 13th consecutive year, and the “Outstanding Technology and Innovation” award for the second year in a row for utilizing innovative technology to improve electric service.
“Every day, our 4,000 employees come to work committed to providing reliable energy service to our customers – it is what our customers expect, and it is what they deserve,” said Caroline Winn, chief operating officer for SDG&E. “This award is particularly noteworthy given that the amount of renewable energy SDG&E integrates is among the highest levels in the country. Our efforts don’t stop there. We are continuing to improve, modernize and upgrade the electric grid to ensure that the communities we serve have clean, safe and reliable energy for generations to come.”
The ReliabilityOne™ Awards are given annually to utilities over six regions that have excelled in delivering the most reliable electric service to its customers. To be named the most reliable utility in the U.S. means electricity is available when customers need it, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with fewer interruptions than most utility-customers throughout the country.
Maintaining award-winning reliability is the foundation of SDG&E’s day-to-day operations. Highly trained engineers, electric crews and power grid operators are continually working to lower the number and duration of power outages customers experience.
Some of SDG&E’s innovative technology and reliability enhancements that contributed to the national recognition include: modernizing infrastructure and fire-hardening efforts; advancing clean energy (SDG&E is currently delivering about 45 percent of its energy from renewable sources); upgrading the power grid; and investing in innovative energy solutions such as energy storage and microgrid programs.