More Renewable Energy Helps Fight Climate Change: SCE

Ninety-five degrees, that’s the temperature that registered on thermometers across Rosemead on April 9. According to the National Weather Service, cities across Southern California Edison’s service territory experienced similar record-breaking heat.

Temperatures across the globe are raising due to climate change and GHG emissions. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, “Greenhouse gases from human activities are the most significant driver of observed climate change since the mid-20th century.”

Climate change and its impacts is one of the reasons SCE has been making the move toward more renewable energy sources, such as solar and battery storage.

The Smart Electric Power Alliance recently announced that SCE was No. 1 in battery storage and No. 2 in delivering solar energy to its customers. The alliance’s 11th annual survey, which includes more than 400 utilities, determined the top-10 rankings.

Last year, SCE connected 56 megawatts of battery storage to the grid. This includes residential, commercial and utility-supply energy storage. SCE also connected 547 megawatts of solar energy to the grid through new and expanded residential and commercial solar installations as well as through utility-supply sources.

SCE has placed among the top-10 utilities for solar every year since the alliance began publishing its solar rankings in 2007.

Our customers increasingly want a more renewable energy supply, one that meets California’s climate change goals and contributes to cleaner, healthier air,” said SCE President Ron Nichols. “SCE is pleased to assist customers to invest in their own renewable energy resources as well as our continued efforts to increase the level of renewable energy and battery storage at a utility scale.”

Last October, SCE shared its vision to deliver more clean energy to its customers, meet California’s GHG reduction goals and reduce air pollution.

The vision calls for adding 30 gigawatts of additional renewable capacity, including wind, solar, geothermal and hydro, to California’s electric grid by 2030.

The addition of large-scale renewables, along with more than 3,600 of SCE’s customers adding rooftop solar every month, makes energy storage increasingly important. It stores solar and wind energy for when we need it, like when the sun isn’t shining and wind isn’t blowing. Battery storage is a key part of SCE’s strategy to clean the power system. So is supporting a sustainable solar industry and customers who choose to go solar.

It’s likely that the unseasonably warm April is a preview of what’s to come for Southern California later this spring and summer according to the National Weather’s Service’s prediction center. Every year, the impacts of climate change make it more important to integrate clean energy sources into the grid. Clean energy can help mitigate climate change through GHG reductions and improved air quality.

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