Smart City San Diego initiative launched


Jessie Knight Jr.,
Chairman and CEO,
San Diego, CA, U.S.A. — (METERING.COM) — February 2, 2011 – The Smart City San Diego initiative has been launched, combining the resources of a broad mix of organizations to develop and implement initiatives that will improve the San Diego region’s energy independence, empower consumers, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and drive economic growth.

A collaborative between the City of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E), UC San Diego, CleanTECH San Diego and GE, Smart City San Diego is aimed to accelerate the rollout of smart grid technologies, clean energy, and a comprehensive electric vehicle (EV) infrastructure.

The idea behind the initiative is that by combining the skills of a mix of innovators, the region can speed the adoption of key technologies and benefit from the latest thinking.

At the heart of the partnership is a series of EV initiatives that include demonstrating smart technologies that better manage grid power loads in order to enable rapid EV growth, streamlining home and public charging permitting processes to speed adoption of EVs, and leveraging UC San Diego’s extensive solar and fuel cell renewable energy work to find new ways to draw on clean power sources. The partners will also quantify the economic impacts of the EV initiatives, such as the business and job growth that result, and study consumer behavior to better understand decisions and to identify other potential EV initiatives

In addition to these initiatives, Smart City San Diego has identified a host of efficiency and renewable energy objectives to drive the clean energy evolution, including:

  • Supporting California goals for localized electricity generation and 33 percent renewable energy by 2020
  • Empowering consumers with real time knowledge and intuitive technology to manage their energy usage
  • Minimizing the need for additional infrastructure by optimizing and automating the electric grid with two-way communications and monitoring technologies
  • Demonstrating the value and impact of innovation to the San Diego region and the community through public smart grid projects and displays.

“We are working together with our customers and the community to create an innovative and sustainable energy future with the utility as the platform for reliability and customer information,” said Jessie Knight Jr., chairman and CEO of SDG&E. “By doing this we provide our customers with the ability to use new technologies that will help them save energy, while providing environmental benefits for all.”