California utilities receive recognition for clean energy efforts
Two California utility companies saw recognition from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for their support of renewable electricity and actions to help address climate change as part of the new Climate Leadership Awards.
San Diego Gas & Electric itself one an award for organizational leadership, along with the computer and technology company IBM. In particular, the North County Times reports that SDG&E drew recognition for its efforts to encourage solar power installations in its service area, containing some of the largest solar markets in the country.
Meanwhile, Southern California Edison's director of customer energy efficiency and solar, Gene Rodrigues, won recognition on his own for developing a wide array of training programs to help introduce people to the ideas of renewable electricity and efficiency.
"Corporate leadership is essential to meeting our climate and energy challenges," Eileen Claussen, president of the Center for Climate and Energy Solutions, said in a satement. "These companies demonstrate every day that it’s possible to shrink your carbon footprint without compromising your bottom line. Their accomplishments will inspire other companies to act, and will contribute to strong, sensible policies benefiting both our economy and our climate."