San Diego Gas & Electric aims to reach net zero by 2045

It covers all Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which means the company would eliminate not only its own direct emissions but also those generated by customers

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San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has pledged to ensure it achieves net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

It covers all Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions, which means the company would eliminate not only its own direct emissions but also those generated by customers.

It is developing two hydrogen pilot projects this year – the Borrego Springs Green Hydrogen Project and the Palomar Green Hydrogen Systems Project – with the aim of putting them into service in 2022.

The company is also launching a vehicle-to-grid pilot programme featuring six electric school buses, among others.

SDG&E owns and operates 13 energy storage projects, with a total capacity of 45MW and expects to have 135MW of utility-owned energy storage to maximise the use of renewable energy and enhance reliability.

Chief Executive Caroline Winn said: “Getting to a net zero future is the moonshot challenge of our era and one that the SDG&E team fully embraces.

“SDG&E has worked hard to align our investments with the climate objectives of local cities, the region and state and while there is a lot more work to be done, we are seeing many clean energy innovations emerge and progress being made toward our mutual goal of a 100% clean energy future. While we’ll continue to evolve our efforts to reflect stakeholder feedback, regulatory changes and technological breakthroughs, I believe we can get there… one project at a time.”