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Act now to receive your no-cost, smart thermostat

SDG&E has distributed and installed business customers with thousands of ecobee Programmable Communicating Thermostats (PCTs) worth $300 at no cost. Customers have found these smart thermostats easy to operate and it allows more control over energy use – which maximizes energy savings.

If you enroll in SDG&E’s Reduce Your Use™ program, you may qualify for a no-cost smart thermostat(s). Customers get alerts from SDG&E to lower their energy use on high energy use days. These PCTs will either adjust the temperature by 4 degrees or cycle the HVAC unit at 50%. You always have the option to opt out. By participating in Reduce Your Use days, you help lessen the strain on the grid by shifting your energy use. A great feature of programmable smart thermostats is that you can make temperature adjustments remotely! For more information, visit sdge.com/bizthermostats.

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Take advantage of free energy-related courses

Specialized energy efficiency and sustainability courses sharpen your skills, and are a great way for businesses to competitively get ahead. SDG&E’s Energy Innovation Center offers over 250 free energy-related courses per year, making it easy to find classes that fit your needs. Keep up-to-date on the latest technologies that can help your business save energy and money. Gain basic skills or advanced training in green building practices, many customized to your type of business.
Check out SDG&E’s free summer classes at seminars.sdge.com. If you are a restaurant owner, for example, you may find Wasting Away: Food Waste Reduction for Restaurants on June 13th from 9am – 11am quite interesting. Learn how to implement an organic waste recycling program and new technologies for dealing with organic waste. Register for SDG&E’s seminars at sdge.com/training.

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Sharp HealthCare is SDG&E’s Energy Showcase’s 2017 Grand Champion

Sharp HealthCare is SDG&E’s Energy Showcase’s 2017 Grand Champion

Congratulations to Sharp HealthCare! San Diego’s largest private employer and leading healthcare provider, Sharp HealthCare, is committed to improving the health of the environment and the communities they serve. Through their All Ways Green™ initiative, Sharp identifies and implements opportunities and best practices which are focused in five areas: energy efficiency, water conservation, waste minimization, commuter solutions, and sustainable food practices. Sharp’s focus on energy efficient measures has resulted in a 7% decrease in energy consumption and an energy cost savings of over 3%. In total, Sharp’s completed energy projects have reduced their carbon footprint by almost 18,000 metric tons of CO2 every year.

Watch our videos to see more Energy Showcase winners, in industries such as entertainment, hospitality, manufacturing and more. Visit sdge.com/2017ES.

 

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Wasting Away: Food Waste Reduction for Restaurants Class with SDG&E

Wasting Away: Food Waste Reduction for Restaurants Class with SDG&E

In the class, Wasting Away: Food Waste Reduction for Restaurants, you’ll learn:

•      How to implement an organic waste recycling program.
•      Reducing organic waste with food tracking and repurposing.
•      About new technologies for dealing with organic waste

Come learn from dynamic speaker and restaurant kitchen expert Richard Young, senior engineer and Director of Education at the Food Service Technology Center (FSTC), an unbiased research facility that focuses specifically on commercial food service applications.

Register at:  Seminars.SDGE.com
Cost:  No-Cost event
Event Date:  June 13, 2017
Time:  9-11am
Location:  SDGE’s Energy Innovation Center 4760 Clairemont Mesa Blvd., San Diego, CA 92117

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Offering EV Charging Amenities in Your Building

Offering EV Charging Amenities in Your Building

Increase employee and tenant satisfaction by offering EV charging amenities in your building
Have you received multiple inquiries from employees or tenants requesting electric vehicle charging stations? Are EV drivers plugging into any available electrical outlet in your garage to get a charge? Wondering how you can install EV charging stations at your facility to meet this growing need? Power Your Drive, SDG&E’s electric vehicle charging station program, is installing 3,500 charging stations across the service area in apartments, condos and businesses.  Take advantage of this limited pilot program and get EV charging stations installed for little out-of-pocket cost to you. Properties located within disadvantaged communities will have the program participation payment waived entirely! Find out if your property qualifies and submit an application to reserve your space in the program at sdge.com/PowerYourDrive.

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No-Cost Energy Audits for Businesses

No-Cost Energy Audits for Businesses

Receive a no-cost energy audit for your business and you may also qualify for a zero percent interest loan to finance any energy efficiency projects!
Check out SDG&E’s Business Energy Solutions program. New energy-efficient equipment at no cost or a discount is available to eligible business customers. Simply take a moment to complete the interest form at sdge.com/BES. An authorized contractor will schedule an appointment to evaluate your facility, conduct an energy checkup at no cost, and provide a full report on potential energy-saving opportunities. Eligible customers can apply for On-Bill Financing (OBF) to cover the co-pay portion of their projects. OBF helps qualified business customers pay for energy-efficient business improvements through their SDG&E® bill. Visit sdge.com/obf for more info.

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City of San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance

City of San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance

This is for informational purposes and intended for businesses that have employees who work within the geographic boundaries of the City of San Diego. Please review the information below to ensure that you are in compliance with the City of San Diego Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance.

The City of San Diego’s Earned Sick Leave and Minimum Wage Ordinance, San Diego Municipal Code Chapter 3, Article 9, Division 1, became effective on July 11, 2016. It is applicable to employees who perform at least two (2) hours of work within the geographic boundaries of San Diego. 

The requirements of the Ordinance, including notices for posting and a template for use by employers to satisfy the employee notice requirement, can be found on the City of San Diego’s Minimum Wage Program’s webpage

In general, the Ordinance requires the following:

• Effective July 11, 2016 through December 31, 2016; all employers must pay each employee not less than $10.50 per hour for each hour worked within the geographical boundaries of the City.  This amount increased to $11.50 per hour on January 1, 2017.  Beginning January 2019, the amount will increase based on the Consumer Price Index.
• Employers must provide each employee earned sick leave, either through an accrual method (1 hour of earned sick leave accrued for every 30 hours worked) or through awarding no less than 40 hours of earned sick leave at the beginning of each benefit year.
• Employers must carryover accrued unused sick leave to the next benefit year, but may cap total accrual of leave at 80 hours.
• Employers may limit use of sick leave to 40 hours in a benefit year.
• Employers must post in a conspicuous place, notices informing employees of their rights under the Ordinance.
• Employers must provide each employee written notice of the employer’s legal and any fictitious business name, address, telephone number, employer’s requirements under the Ordinance and how the employer satisfies these requirements.
• Employers must keep records of wages paid and accrual and use of earned sick leave for a period of no less than three years.
• On a regular basis employers must provide employees with records detailing wages paid and sick leave earned and used.
• Employers must allow employees to use earned sick leave for reasons outlined in the Ordinance including for their own medical care or for the medical care of a family member.

For inquiries or questions, please contact the Minimum Wage Program at sdminwage@sandiego.gov or 619-615-1565.

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SDG&E Spurs Energy Storage Innovation with Flow Battery Technology

From SDG&E: SDG&E recently unveiled a new vanadium redox flow (VRF) battery storage pilot project in coordination with Sumitomo Electric (SEI), which stemmed from a partnership between Japan’s New Energy and Industrial Development Organization (NEDO) and the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). During the four-year demonstration project, SDG&E will be researching if flow battery technology can economically enhance the delivery of reliable energy to customers, integrate growing amounts of renewable energy and increase the flexibility in the way the company manages the power grid. To read more of this story, visit sdgenews.com.

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Attend SDG&E's Free Technology Incentives seminar

From SDG&E: SDG&E’s Technology Incentives (TI) Program provides incentives to businesses that purchase and install a qualifying Energy Management system (EMS). These systems help businesses control their energy use by implementing a customized load curtailment plan that optimizes system performance and monitors energy costs year round. By attending SDG&E’s free Technology Incentives class, you’ll learn the basic concepts and associated benefits of Energy Management Systems, Automated Demand Response and the Technology Incentives Program.
Visit seminars.sdge.com to register for this free, introductory level seminar. For more information:

  • Visit the Technology Incentives website at sdge.com/TI
  • Email drp@semprautilities.com
  • Contact your SDG&E Account Executive
  • Call the Business Contact Center at 1-866-377-4735
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