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Respecting & Protecting the Environment

 

We believe in the clean energy future and we are leading by example, developing smart solutions to society’s climate and energy challenges.

Clean Air and Healthy Communities

The transportation sector is responsible for 36 percent of California’s GHG emissions, and nearly 50 percent if including emissions from fossil fuel refinement; it’s also the source of more than 80 percent of smog producing NOx and particulate emissions. One of the most promising opportunities to meet California’s complex environmental challenges and air quality standards is transportation electrification — powering passenger cars, delivery trucks, semi-trucks, and other vehicles with clean electric power instead of fossil fuels. In our service territory, many communities are disproportionately impacted by the pollution caused by transportation both to and from warehouses and factories along major freight corridors.

SCE's Transportation Electrification Plan, filed with the CPUC in early 2017, includes more than $570 million in programs and infrastructure to address major sources of greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from heavy commercial and industrial vehicles. If enacted, the plan will benefit all SCE customers, especially those in impacted communities located along transportation corridors.

SCE is taking a leading role to ensure that transportation electrification plays a major part in reducing criteria pollutant emissions in California.

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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 boost efficiency.

One of the Nation’s Leading Utilities for Renewable Energy

More than 28 percent of the electricity SCE provided customers in 2016 came from eligible renewable sources (as defined by the(California Energy Commission).

That’s up from 24 percent in 2015. This increase was driven by:

• 49 percent increase in solar power

• 22 percent increase in wind power

SCE expects to derive 50 percent of its power from eligible renewable sources by 2030. The Renewables Portfolio Standard (RPS), which is set by the state, includes eligible renewable sources such as solar and wind energy that SCE produces or purchases. It excludes rooftop solar and large-scale hydropower in this definition. When all is included, SCE is currently at 40 percent clean power today.

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Helping Californians Go Solar

We have helped many thousands of homeowners, businesses, and multi-family residences harness the sun’s power with California Solar Initiative rebates. Also known as the Million Solar Roofs program, the California Solar Initiative is a ratepayer-funded statewide program designed to create 3,000 MW of new, distributed solar power. It pays an incentive or rebate to customers who install photovoltaic or solar thermal systems on their homes or businesses. As of Dec. 31, 2012, we had reserved incentives for approximately 39,000 customers, totaling 505 MW and $695 million in rebates.

We regularly offer workshops for homeowners, businesses, government and nonprofit customers to provide an overview of the program, and the rebates that are available. Other training programs (including web based training) are offered for photovoltaic installers, to help these contractors understand how these systems interconnect to the grid, and how to complete the rebate application forms on behalf of their customers, the property owners.

Solar Power on Warehouse Rooftops

In sunny, inland areas of Southern California, we are putting the rooftops of commercial and industrial buildings to productive use as solar generating stations. Our Solar Rooftop program may generate as much as 220 megawatts DC of solar power with rooftop and ground mounted photovoltaic panels, to be generated by us and independent power producers.
 

 Delivering More Renewable Energy

Wind power production in California has doubled over the last decade, but before it can be used, this electricity must be transmitted from remote wind farms to the cities where most of us live and work. Additional transmission capacity is needed to move renewable energy to population centers. We are building the Tehachapi Renewable Transmission Project, the nation’s largest transmission project devoted primarily to renewable energy. It will deliver up to 4,500 megawatts (MW) of power to California’s grid — enough to power 3 million homes.

At the same time, we’re expanding our infrastructure to bring in more solar power from eastern Riverside County. In our Devers-Colorado River project, we are developing 153 miles of high-voltage transmission to deliver up to 2,300 MW, once the West of Devers upgrade is completed.

Meeting Climate Commitments

California has made a major commitment to addressing climate change and our company will be a key player in this effort. Last year California passed SB 32, which aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 40 percent below 1990 levels by 2030. It demonstrates California’s willingness to lead in this effort, to demonstrate what can be done for other states and other governments across the world. In order to meet this ambitious mandate within a short 13 years, California will have to move much more aggressively than it has in the past — and sooner rather than later. Many of California’s policies have focused on electric power generation, but that represents only about 20 percent of current statewide greenhouse gas emissions. The largest source is the transportation sector (including petroleum refining), with about 50 percent of current emissions. Substantial new efforts will be needed across all sectors of the economy,and many of these efforts will require significant efficient electrification of sectors that today rely on fossil fuels and can instead rely on much cleaner power from the electric grid. We see the efficient electrification of transportation in California as a key component of carbon reduction. In January 2017, we filed our application at the California Public Utilities Commission laying out a path for using transportation electrification to help meet the state’s greenhouse gas reduction goals.

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Our Climate Change Emissions

Each year, we report our greenhouse gas emissions data to the California Air Resources Board (CARB). This report covers both the emissions from the generation we own, and the emissions from the electricity we purchase to serve our customers.


Helping Californians Conserve

Reducing overall demand for electricity means reduced generation and emissions, and our decades-old energy efficiency and conservation programs have long rewarded families for conserving energy, and helped businesses lower their usage.

AB 32: California’s Global Warming Solutions Act

While we believe that successfully meeting the challenge of global climate change requires a national policy framework, we supported AB 32, California’s landmark climate legislation. This law requires a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020, through regulations and market mechanisms developed by the California Air Resources Board (CARB). We support the use of broad and efficient markets to achieve the goals of AB 32, along with appropriate market oversight to ensure that market trading activity cannot significantly raise energy costs for Californians.

As California implements AB 32, the Global Warming Solutions Act, we’re working with policymakers, customers and other stakeholders to ensure that the nearly 14 million people who rely on us for electricity have reliable and affordable energy for the future.

Helping Industry Save Energy

We’re collaborating with the Climate Registry on the Cool Planet Program, to encourage industry to install energy efficiency (EE) systems. Participants are rewarded with membership to the Climate Registry, which provides tools to measure, verify, and report GHG emissions consistently across borders and industry sectors.

Helping customers go Solar

The race to lower emissions is embraced by our customers, who are adopting rooftop solar at a rate of 4,000 to 5,000 customers a month. Our role at Edison is to enable this shift with a strong grid that supports electric vehicles, customer-sited storage, rooftop solar, energy management systems, smart thermostats and all other technologies that allow customers to manage their electricity usage.

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Saving Paper Through Online Billing

Over the past few years, we have increased enrollment in our online billing program by nearly 33%. Customers save on stamps, and we have reduced our paper consumption by 385 tons.

Sustainable Landscapes

We fully support low-impact development and sustainable landscaping practices. Our construction of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) platinum certified Wildomar facility implemented multiple cutting-edge Best Water Management Practices such as porous concrete, storm water bioretention basins, vegetated swales, inlet filters, and underground storm water detention chambers. Similarly, at our award-winning Villa Park substation, we cut water use in half and eliminated dry-weather runoff. The project saved 108 million gallons of water and resulted in a two-year cost savings of over $250,000.

Award for Workplace Recycling

Our WasteNot workplace recycling program has gained recognition on the state and national levels since we introduced it nearly 20 years ago. Recently, it won the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s National Gold Achievement Award for comprehensive workplace recycling programs.

Environmentally Friendly Supply Chain

We participate in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s WasteWise Transport Packaging Challenge, designed to minimize packaging wastes throughout the various supply chain processes. We recently changed our procurement contracts to formalize our intent to use environmentally-preferable products whenever possible. Our Strategic Suppliers Initiative rewards suppliers who have successful and ongoing sustainability programs of their own.

 

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