SDG&E expects to meet summer power supply demand

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San Diego, June 28, 2011 San Diego Gas & Electric has secured adequate electricity supplies and required reserves to meet customers’ expected energy needs this summer, barring extreme weather conditions.

The California Independent Systems Operator, the agency responsible for managing the statewide power grid, has issued its 2011 Summer Assessment confirming adequate supplies to meet the projected electricity demand across the state — even if hotter-than-average temperatures occur.

In addition to conservation helping to maintain electric resources, it also helps customers save money on their energy bill. The less energy customers use the lower their energy bills will continue to be.

Statewide, more than 1,800 MW of new generation resources have been added to the grid since summer 2010, including more than 46 MW of renewable generation, such as solar and wind.

According to Cal-ISO, there is a less-than-one-percent chance for rotating power outages, due to a resource deficiency.

Even with adequate power supplies this summer, conservation and demand-response programs continue to be important to maintain grid reliability when demand for electricity is especially high, such as during an extreme heat wave.

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