Local Businesses Named Energy Champions by SDG&E
8th Annual Energy Showcase Helps Businesses Save Money, Energy
SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2013
SAN DIEGO, May 8, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
recognized 11 local businesses today at the 8^th Annual Energy Showcase as
Energy Champions for their outstanding results in energy efficiency and
The following Energy Champion award winners were named:
oGrand Champion: University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego)
oK-12 Schools: Sweetwater Union High School
oHigher Education: San Diego Community College District
oProperty Management: BioMed Realty Trust, Inc.
oLocal Government: City of San Diego
oFederal Government: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)
– Southwest Fisheries Science Center
oIndustrial: Vulcan Materials Company
oManufacturing: Kyocera America, Inc.
oHealthcare: Kaiser Permanente
oNon-Profit: Balboa Park Cultural Partnership
oTransportation: San Diego Regional Airport Authority
Collectively, these SDG&E customers have saved more than 34 million kilowatt
hours (kWh) of electricity and more than 2 million therms of natural gas, the
equivalent of taking nearly 8,000 cars off the road. In addition to their
energy-saving efforts, many winners this year also offer electric vehicle
charging to their employees and visitors. Videos highlighting the Energy
Champion success stories are available at sdge.com/energyshowcase.
"We're proud of the remarkable energy savings by our customers who have been
recognized as Energy Champions this year," said Caroline Winn, vice president
of customer services for SDG&E. "Each winner has set an excellent example that
all SDG&E business customers can learn from to find new ways to save energy
and money through the many rebates and incentives that are available through
SDG&E's energy-efficiency and demand response programs."
UC San Diego was named the Grand Champion for implementing energy-efficiency
measures to optimize energy performance across the campus through active
participation in SDG&E's University of California/California State
University/Investor Owned Utility Energy Efficiency Partnership program.
Optimizing facilities is a high priority at UC San Diego, with all new
construction targeting LEED Silver certification or higher and 12 buildings
that have already qualified. Renewable energy sources also play an important
role in the campus infrastructure, and the university has a long history of
participating in SDG&E demand response programs. Through all of its 2012
efforts, UC San Diego achieved annual savings of 9.35 million kWh and 1.86
million therms, earning approximately $4 million in SDG&E incentives. In
addition, the university offers more than 25 electric vehicle charging
stations to their students and faculty to promote the reduced carbon footprint
the cars provide.
Following the Energy Champions awards breakfast, hundreds of people attended
the SDG&E Energy Showcase Expo event to learn how to save energy and money
with exhibitors showcasing cutting-edge, energy-saving technologies and
services. Attendees were able to visit an alternative fuel vehicle display,
including oversized commercial vehicles, and learn about SDG&E's program that
helps businesses evaluate workplace charging for employees. Also available to
attendees was an Energy Solutions Center where customers had the opportunity
to meet with Energy Advisors about new technologies as well as energy and
money saving programs for their business.
Visit sdge.com/save-money for more information on ways to save money every day
or call Energy Savings Center at 1-800-644-6133 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday
through Friday, to talk to an energy service specialist.
SDG&E's energy-efficiency programs are subject to change without notice and
are offered on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funding is
available. These programs are funded by California utility customers and
administered by SDG&E under the auspices of the California Public Utilities
SDG&E is a regulated public utility that provides safe and reliable energy
service to 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and more
than 860,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties. The
utility's area spans 4,100 square miles.SDG&E is committed to creating ways
to help customers save energy and money every day.SDG&E is a subsidiary of
Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE), a Fortune 500 energy services holding company based
in San Diego.Connect with SDG&E's Customer Contact Center at 800-411-7343, on
Twitter (@SDGE) and Facebook.
SOURCE San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
Contact: Erin Coller, San Diego Gas & Electric, (877) 866-2066, www.sdge.com,
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