SAN DIEGO (CNS) - San Diego Gas & Electric named UC San Diego as its "Grand Champion" for energy savings at the utility's eighth annual Energy Showcase Wednesday.
UCSD earned about $4 million in incentives by implementing campus-wide efficiency measures to optimize energy performance, saving 9.35 million kilowatt hours of electricity, according to SDG&E.
The university also has more than 25 charging stations on campus for electric vehicles.
Other winners in various categories were the Sweetwater Union High School District, San Diego Community College District, BioMed Realty Trust Inc., city of San Diego, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Southwest Fisheries Science Center, Vulcan Materials Co., Kyocera America Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Balboa Park Cultural Partnership and the San Diego County Regional Airport Authority.
"We're proud of the remarkable energy savings by our customers who have been recognized as 'Energy Champions' this year," said Caroline Winn, vice president of customer services for SDG&E.
"Each winner has set an excellent example that all SDG&E business customers can learn from to find new ways to save energy and money through the many rebates and incentives that are available through SDG&E's energy-efficiency and demand response programs," she said.
Between them, the awardees saved 34 million kilowatt hours of electricity and more than 2 million therms of natural gas, the equivalent of taking nearly 8,000 cars off the road, according to the utility.
The City Council is scheduled Wednesday to take the first step in calling for residents to conserve water on a voluntary basis following the third straight winter with below-average rainfall.
Testimony is set to resume Wednesday in a preliminary hearing for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping and illegally detaining women while on patrol last year.
Jury selection was scheduled to begin Wednesday in the trial of a man accused of gunning down his ex-wife in their Lakeside home and then trying to commit suicide by inhaling carbon monoxide.
A San Diego State student awoke to find a man rummaging through her apartment near campus early Wednesday, police said.
Three months after proposing a ballot measure to increase the minimum wage in San Diego, City Council President Todd Gloria is scheduled Wednesday to release details of the plan, including an amount.
An 18-year-old student has been hospitalized and is undergoing a psychological evaluation after allegedly threatening her parents with a knife.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled Tuesday for a former San Diego police officer accused of groping four women during pat-down searches last year.