The tips below provide information on the California energy market, energy independence, and power outages.
The California electric marketplace is a complex interaction of state, local and federal agencies, private enterprise and not-for-profit organizations. For a simplified overview of the current operational and regulatory interactions see the California Independent System Operator (ISO) diagram.
The California Independent System Operator (ISO) determines a level of load reduction that is needed to maintain grid reliability. They notify the local utilities of their share of this amount. It is up to the individual utilities to determine how they will implement the load shedding (i.e. rolling blackouts). Utility policies differ. To determine whether you will possibly be blacked out, see the SDG&E Energy Update.
Many power outages occur as a result of excessive energy use. Learn more about the types of power outages and their stages as identified by the California Independent System Operator (ISO).
See the map of local Libraries and Park & Recreation facilities that will be effected in case of a black out.
The City is conserving electricity at unprecedented rates, generating electricity, and has assured reliable energy sources for vital City functions:
1. Energy Conservation and Management
2. Self Generation Using Landfill and Sewer Gases
3. Self Generation Using Solar Power
4. Self Generation Using Hydroelectric
5. Cogeneration at Police Headquarters
6. Energy Efficient Buildings
The City also established a centralized Energy Conservation and Management Program within the Department of Environmental Services, which sends a clear message that energy use is not just a financial management issue, but also an environmental issue with serious consequences. The use of energy from traditional fossil fuel-power generating facilities is responsible for numerous air pollutants, including those that we associate with "smog" and impact the global climate. Therefore, by decreasing the demand for energy from these sources and increasing the City's generation of energy through clean, renewable resources, the City of San Diego sets itself apart as a national leader for a sustainable future.
The City's Energy Conservation and Management Program has established indicators that monitor trends in consumption and generation of energy, and track policies and programs that support community involvement. Each of these indicators have baseline measurements and short-term and long-term targets, thereby measuring progress in both the City organization and the community at large. Just as importantly, the Comprehensive Plan has been shared with all City Departments for successful implementation of the City's Energy Strategy.
The City continues to strengthen and expand energy conservation policies, and will encourage the development and use of renewable energy as a means to achieve greater energy independence. The City's commitment to becoming a "Clean Energy Leader" will influence the energy choices of businesses and residents. An aggressive education outreach campaign and targeted incentives will enable the City to raise the level of energy conservation and use of renewable energy within the entire community.
For more regional, state, and federal information, see the links below: