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.