This week, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) hit a major milestone for renewable energy delivery in its service territory. At 12:51 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 19, SDG&E achieved a new record of 1,042 megawatts (MW) of renewable generation on its power grid.
"A combination of bright sunshine and strong wind conditions in the San Diego and Imperial Valley helped to generate the record-setting amount of green energy for our customers," said Scott Drury, chief energy supply officer for SDG&E. "We are proud to have delivered 33 percent renewable power over the last twelve months—the first utility in California to do so."
The 1,042 MW figure does not include the energy produced by 61,000 SDG&E rooftop solar customers.
The California Independent System Operator (CAISO) also reported a statewide record for renewable generation of 6,341 MW on Aug. 19 at 1:42 p.m. — about an hour after SDG&E's record, eclipsing the previous all-time statewide peak of 6,330 MW set just a week earlier.