Last week, San Diego, California, became the first major US city to commit to transitioning to 100 percent renewable energy, and it did so in a legally binding city council resolution. In addition to completely switching to renewables over the next 10 years, the city will also try to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2035. It’ll do so in part by:

  • Converting the city’s fleet to electric vehicles
  • Converting all city waste trucks to natural gas
  • Recycling 98 percent of methane generated from wastewater treatment

What’s the role of San Diego’s local utility, SDG&E, in this transition? As San Diego mayor Kevin Faulconer explained in the December 20 National Public Radio interview How San Diego Will Hold Up Its Green Transition Promise, “Our local utility provider, SDG&E, has been a real leader in terms of renewable energy. Right now they have about 35 percent of the energy that they are delivering is [sic] from renewable sources.”

But the city isn’t leaning exclusively on the utility to reach its goal. Faulconer says, “And so we’ll be looking at energy sources from a variety of different—the utility will be one part of that, but we’ll also have the ability to, as I said before, with [an] increase on solar and a variety of other things … it’s going to take everybody working together.”

E Source offers research on solar customers

Does San Diego’s transition have you wondering what’s ahead for your utility’s role in the future of renewables and low-carbon commitments? E Source is planning a few offerings to help parse out the signal from the noise.

First, join us on January 13 for Parlez-Vous CO2? Climate Talks Recap Leaders Group Call, open to all members of the E Source Customer Experience Suite, the Experience & Communications Management Service, and the Demand-Side Management Service. In this peer-to-peer conversation for utilities only, we’ll

  • Recap the Paris climate talks
  • Look at ties to and implications for domestic carbon policies in the US and Canada
  • Discuss how various utilities are positioning themselves for the future

Second, for those looking to join a utility community working group and dig into the future of solar programs and customer expectations, E Source is launching the utility-only Solar Strategy Service. This new offering will conduct market research to help utilities design and improve customer solar programs and develop the right messaging that resonates with different customer segments. Incorporating the customer side of the equation can help utilities create a robust solar strategy. Listen to a recent web conference to hear about our new collaborative and learn how you can get involved.