San Diego Gas & Electric Wins EEI’s 2018 Edison Award
SAN DIEGO (June 6, 2018) – San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) today received the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2018 Edison Award, the electric power industry’s most prestigious honor. A panel of former energy company chief executives selected SDG&E for the 90th annual award from a group of distinguished finalis​​ts.

SDG&E received the 2018 Edison Award for its investments to enhance grid resiliency and to reduce climate-related and weather-related vulnerabilities, like wildfires, to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s energy grid for generations to come. SDG&E has developed, and continues to improve upon, a comprehensive fire risk mitigation program designed to prevent the ignition of wildfires, improve grid resiliency, and enhance public safety. This includes significant strategic investments to fire-harden the energy grid, increase situational awareness, update operating protocols, and improve the region’s ability to respond to wildfires.

“America’s electric companies are investing in new technologies that are helping to drive efficiencies, improve sustainability, spur economic development, and enhance quality of life for citizens in many cities and communities,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “SDG&E’s investments in innovative new technologies that reduce climate-related and weather-related risks are helping to improve reliability, energy grid resiliency, and service for its customers.”

“As part of our commitment to 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. We are honored to be recognized for our efforts.”

​SDG&E has invested more than $1 billion over the last decade to enhance grid resiliency and modernize its energy grid assets. The company will continue to take an innovative approach to build upon its initial work.

“Congratulations to the outstanding team at SDG&E for their terrific achievement in earning the 2018 Edison Award,” said Kuhn.

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