SAN DIEGO, Aug. 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Sempra Energy (NYSE: SRE) today released its fifth annual corporate responsibility report, chronicling the company's priorities and performance in a wide range of sustainability-related areas.
Sempra Energy's 2012 corporate responsibility report, titled "Fueling the future, responsibly," outlines the company's ongoing efforts to meet rising demand for lower-carbon energy, engage with stakeholders and manage risk.
"With a sharp focus on cleaner fuels, new infrastructure and enhanced safety, the energy industry is in the midst of a significant transformation," said Debra L. Reed, chairman and chief executive officer of Sempra Energy. "Our latest corporate responsibility report describes how we employ a low-carbon approach -- in the context of clear priorities and strong stakeholder engagement -- to sustainably develop and deliver safe and reliable energy for our customers."
Highlights from the report include the following 2012 achievements:
- Low carbon emissions rate: The Sempra Energy family of companies has a carbon-dioxide emissions rate approximately 40-percent below the national average.
- Renewable energy: San Diego Gas & Electric provided more than 20 percent of its electricity from renewable sources. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power brought more than 850 megawatts of renewable energy online, completing two major solar-power projects and three wind-power projects, in partnership with BP Wind.
- Public and workplace safety: The Sempra Energy family of companies conducted operations without a single employee or contractor-related injury or fatality. Sempra Energy's subsidiaries safely operate more than 123,000 miles of natural gas pipelines and 47,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution power lines, as well as natural gas and renewable energy infrastructure.
- Energy efficiency: San Diego Gas & Electric achieved 325 gigawatthours of energy savings, or enough energy for 54,000 homes for a year, while Southern California Gas Co. saved 32 million therms of natural gas, or enough energy to heat 10,551 homes for a year. Both achievements exceeded the utilities' 2012 targets.
Sempra Energy has four principal subsidiaries: Southern California Gas Co., San Diego Gas & Electric, Sempra U.S. Gas & Power and Sempra International. San Diego Gas & Electric and Southern California Gas Co. are regulated utilities that provide electricity and natural gas service to more than 20 million California consumers. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power has solar, wind and natural gas-fueled power plants in the U.S. and also owns natural gas storage and pipeline facilities, as well as distribution utilities. Sempra International develops, builds and operates energy infrastructure assets and distributes electricity and natural gas to customers in Mexico, Chile and Peru.
Sempra Energy, based in San Diego, is a Fortune 500 energy services holding company with 2012 revenues of approximately $10 billion. The Sempra Energy companies' nearly 17,000 employees serve about 31 million consumers worldwide.
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We caution you not to rely unduly on any forward-looking statement. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date hereof, and the company undertakes no obligation to update or revise these forecasts or projections or other forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.
Sempra International, LLC, and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC, are not the same companies as San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) or Southern California Gas Company (SoCalGas) and Sempra International, LLC and Sempra U.S. Gas & Power, LLC are not regulated by the California Public Utilities Commission. Sempra International's underlying entities include Sempra Mexico and Sempra South American Utilities. Sempra U.S. Gas & Power's underlying entities include Sempra Renewables and Sempra Natural Gas.
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