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January 31, 2013

SDG&E Deploys 'Self-Healing' Electric Grid in San Diego



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Offering a smart energy network for the residents of San Diego region, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) has announced that the company is deploying various smart grid technologies on the electric grid in that area.

New technologies consist of electronic sensors that have the capacity to independently detect any faults or outages in the grid. This reduces the outage time and helps companies to pinpoint problems on the grid, if there are any.

These technologies also make allow companies to make use of renewable energy.

Another interesting feature of these smart grid technologies is that they can ‘heal’ themselves in many cases. This reduces the need for manual labor and consequently brings down the cost of power – something every customer dreams of.

The new technology brings in clean renewable energy into each grid. Although energy suppliers are looking to make use of cleaner forms of renewable power because of their environmental benefits, it’s not very easy to do.

“San Diego’s electric grid is becoming one of the most advanced and reliable energy systems in the nation,” said David Geier, vice president of electric operations for SDG&E.  “The grid can respond immediately to outages and is increasingly resilient to events, while being more sustainable overall through the integration of clean energy.  We are proud to be implementing these innovative smart grid technologies for the benefit of San Diego residents.”

Recently, the company allowed its users to buy and deploy home area network devices to help them in reducing their overall energy usage. 

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Edited by Braden Becker
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