City News Service
A coalition of government, business and education organizations has been formed to come up with initiatives to improve San Diego's energy independence and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
"Smart City San Diego" is a collaborative between the city of San Diego, San Diego Gas & Electric, General Electric, UCSD and CleanTech San Diego.
With the San Diego region currently preparing for one of the largest initial deployments of electric vehicles in the country, the first priority for Smart City San Diego is to expand current projects to implement a comprehensive electric vehicle infrastructure,'' said San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders.
"This is the first of many initiatives that our partners throughout the region will undertake to make San Diego the foremost resource-conscious community in the United States," he said.
Smart City San Diego is working on several plans to smooth the way for the introduction of numerous electric vehicles in the region, including managing recharging, deploying chargers for the home and public areas, and researching new renewable power sources for electric vehicles.
"Increasingly, competitiveness will be determined by our ability to grow in a prosperous yet sustainable manner,'' said Bob Gilligan, GE's vice president of energy services.
The collaboration also plans to help area officials reach state goals to have 33 percent of energy generated by renewable resources by 2020 and optimize the local power grid.