Protecting & Restoring the Environment
Improving Air Quality
Southern California continues to face serious air quality issues. Most of our area's emissions – 80% - come from mobile sources such as cars, trucks and trains. The rest comes from stationary sources such as refineries, power plants, and factories. We believe continued collaboration among Southern California stakeholders is essential to resolve these issues for a sustainable energy future.
Addressing Climate Change
We support the goals set by California’s climate change law—AB 32—and are working with state policymakers and other stakeholders to implement key elements of the law as cost-effectively as possible. This will allow us to continue providing a reliable and affordable supply of energy to meet its customers’ current and future electricity needs. At the federal level, we support comprehensive cap-and-trade legislation with consistent rules, reasonable time lines and other provisions to allow new technology to develop and minimize economic disruption.
Water Quality: Advanced Systems
At our Mountainview natural-gas fired generation facility in Redlands, Calif., we help protect water quality with an advanced, environmentally friendly, and efficient cooling system. It draws water from a mix of sources including reclaimed municipal water and contaminated groundwater. By treating it onsite for re-use, and recovering 75% to 80% of the water that would normally be discarded, we’re boosting efficiency.
Revitalizing Coastal Wetlands & Marine Habitats
Along the coast of Southern California, native species are finding fertile homes in environmental projects designed to offset adverse impact on marine life by the ocean-water cooling system at our San Onofre plant. The San Dieguito Wetlands Restoration Project revitalized 150 acres of coastal wetlands, creating a fish nursery and a refuge for migratory water fowl and endangered species. Nearby, our 174.4-acre artificial giant kelp reef is thriving. As the nation’s first sustainable artificial kelp forest, it attracts countless species of coastal fish and invertebrates.
Protecting Habitats as We Build for the Future
From the desert tortoise and California condor to the Mohave ground squirrel, we carefully protect species, habitats, and ecosystems everywhere we operate. Whether we’re upgrading and expanding infrastructure for future reliability or repairing poles or wires damaged by storms, environmental protection is always an important commitment.
Managing Healthy Forests
We manage 20,000 acres of Sierra Nevada forestland near Shaver Lake and Dinkey Creek, east of Fresno, Calif. Our efforts have restored conditions to their pre-1850 status, and are helping wildlife populations—including bald eagles and spotted owls — to thrive. Our community-based approach to forest management includes consideration for community values, and has led to a healthier forest and a safer community for everyone.