In its newly released 2012 corporate responsibility report, Sempra Energy highlights some of its utilities' achievements in renewable energy, energy efficiency and carbon emissions reduction.
According to the report, subsidiary San Diego Gas & Electric provided more than 20% of its electricity from renewable sources last year. Meanwhile, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brought more than 850 MW of renewable energy online, completing two large solar power projects and three wind power projects, in partnership with BP Wind.
Last year, the report says San Diego Gas & Electric also achieved 325 GWh of energy savings, or enough energy for 54,000 homes for a year, while Southern California Gas Co. saved 32 million therms of natural gas, or enough energy to heat 10,551 homes for a year. Both achievements exceeded the utilities' 2012 targets.
The Sempra Energy family of companies also has a carbon-dioxide emissions rate approximately 40% below the national average, according to the report.
‘With a sharp focus on cleaner fuels, new infrastructure and enhanced safety, the energy industry is in the midst of a significant transformation,’ says Debra L. Reed, chairman and CEO of Sempra Energy. ‘Our latest corporate responsibility report describes how we employ a low-carbon approach – in the context of clear priorities and strong stakeholder engagement – to sustainably develop and deliver safe and reliable energy for our customers.’
The 2012 corporate responsibility report is available here.