SDG&E Comments on City Council’s Approval of New Franchise Agreements
We are pleased that the City Council saw fit to approve these agreements. Our 4,500 employees are proud to continue serving local families, schools, and businesses.
Our good-faith discussions with the City of San Diego reflect our mutual commitment to meeting the City’s forward-looking energy and climate goals. Integral to both agreements is a spirit of collaboration, transparency, and a commitment to resetting our relationship with the City. These agreements call for more transparency and accountability, support the City’s renewable energy and clean air goals, and promote equity for every neighborhood.
Mayor Todd Gloria, his administration, and the City Attorney challenged us to identify new and creative ways to work with the City in seeking modernized franchise agreements. These agreements reflect feedback received during the robust public process and demands from the City Council for greater transparency and accountability. We appreciate the passion and constructive efforts of all the leaders at the City who supported this effort. Mayor Gloria’s drive to reach agreements that are in the best interest of his constituents is evidenced in the new, unique Energy Cooperation Agreement – which will ensure that SDG&E is held accountable to our commitments.
Our goal has been and will always be to deliver a bright energy future to the people of San Diego and ensure the City remains a clean and equitable energy leader and model for decades to come. Coming to these agreements took a tremendous amount of effort and compromise on both sides, and we believe the result is a positive outcome for the City of San Diego and its citizens, and positions San Diego as a national leader.
Mayor Todd Gloria Announces Agreement with SDG&E on Gas and Electricity Franchises
Mayor Todd Gloria, his administration, and the City Attorney challenged us to identify new and creative ways to work with the City as part of modernized franchise agreements. The proposed agreements reflect solutions to the feedback heard during the robust public process, and goals expressed by the City Council and their request for more transparency and accountability. The proposed agreements will launch a new phase of our relationship with the City of San Diego, while ensuring our 4,500 highly trained professionals are able to deliver safe and reliable energy to help the City achieve its climate and equity objectives. We look forward to the City Council discussion of the Mayor’s recommendation.
A link to the Mayor’s press release can be found here. The City Council vote for the franchise agreements is scheduled for May 25. The meeting agenda can be found here.
SDG&E Comments on City of San Diego Opening Bids for the Natural Gas and Electric Franchises
The City of San Diego today opened the responses to Mayor Todd Gloria’s Invitations to Bid for the natural gas and electric franchises. SDG&E is the only bidder, and as our proposals demonstrate, we are dedicated to continue serving as San Diego’s long-term energy partner.
“Integral to our proposals for both franchises is the spirit of collaboration and a commitment to resetting our relationship with the City. SDG&E is committed to renewing our focus on accountability and transparency as we continue to make progress constructing a safer, brighter, and more resilient grid. Our 4,500 employees stand ready to continue providing quality energy infrastructure services to San Diego residents and businesses, and to meet our mutual climate and equity goals,” said Caroline Winn, CEO of SDG&E.
We look forward to constructive discussions with City leadership to reach an agreement and build on our history of serving San Diego.
SDG&E and City Come to Agreement on Short-Term Franchise Extension Through June 1, 2021
Today, the San Diego City Council voted unanimously to approve Mayor Todd Gloria’s proposal to extend the existing gas and electric franchises held by SDG&E through June 1, 2021 to allow time for the City to solicit additional public input and complete a new bid process. Without the 135-day extension, the existing agreements would expire on Jan. 17, 2021.
We agreed to the Mayor’s request for an extension and we are ready to work collaboratively within the City process to compete openly and fairly for the new franchise agreements. Our 4,400 employees remain deeply committed to providing quality utility services to San Diego residents and businesses.
The next steps outlined by Mayor Gloria include a series of community forums, City committee and Council hearings to define the terms of a new request for bids. The community forums are anticipated to take place in January and February, and the new bid solicitation process is expected to begin in March.