Power lines in Carlsbad
Power lines in Carlsbad. REUTERS/Mike Blake

San Diego Gas & Electric‘s mission has evolved from power generation to delivery as a majority of customers now buy electricity from local community choice aggregators.

The company announced Monday that 1 million customers — approximately 80% in San Diego County — now buy power from either San Diego Community Power or Clean Energy Alliance.

That milestone has resulted in a new mission for the utility.

The company said that it’s primary focus now is on developing and operating a “best-in-class energy delivery infrastructure” to deliver power from renewable resources while connecting battery storage, electric vehicle charging stations and other clean technologies.

“Our mission at SDG&E has evolved, but we couldn’t be more energized as we focus on building America’s most innovative energy grid that delivers a safe and reliable supply of electricity to customers,” said Caroline Winn, CEO of SDG&E.

“We expect electricity demand to double over the next two decades, and we’re laser-focused on expanding the grid to accommodate building and transportation electrification,” she said.

SDG&E continues to provide metering, billing and customer service to community aggregation customers. Charges from the CCAs for electric generation are included in utility bills, along with SDG&E’s charges for electric delivery.

Twelve municipalities in the county now offer community power, with two more expected to do so in 2024. Customers can still buy electricity from SDG&E, paying only the actual cost, with no markup, but the utility expects 90% of customers will move to CCAs by next year.

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