San Diego Gas & Electric was honored as the most reliability electric utility in the United States and the best in the West.

The utility received the 2014 ReliabilityOne award at a ceremony last week in New York. All electric utilities in North American are eligible for the award, which is based on the frequency and duration of customer outages, and presented by the London-based PA Consulting Group.

This is the second time SDG&E has received this national honor. Additionally, SDG&E took home awards for Outstanding Customer Engagement and Best in the West.

“We’re honored to be named the most reliable utility in the nation,” said Steven D. Davis, president and chief operating officer of SDG&E. “At SDG&E we’re focused on our core business of providing reliable and safe energy service.

“From our efforts to physically strengthen the grid, to developing new channels for connecting with our customers, and our commitment to renewable energy, everything comes back to our dedication to safety, reliability, and our customers.”

In addition to strengthening the grid, SDG&E is on track to become the first California utility to receive a third of its power from clean solar and wind resources.

SDG&E serves 3.4 million consumers through 1.4 million electric meters and 861,000 natural gas meters in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Chris Jennewein

Chris Jennewein is Editor & Publisher of Times of San Diego.