Southern California Edison chose Cal Poly Pomona for its accessibility to students. Edison recognizes that the "learn by doing" philosophy is key for students to fully understand and comprehend the current technologies and trends. Edison has a long-standing commitment to education, protecting the environment, and encouraging the development of innovative energy use and development.
Theodore Craver, Jr., chairman, president, and CEO of Edison International, parent company of Southern California (SCE) and Edison Mission Group (EMG) wrote that the company’s new smart-grid system “will be designated to not only support traditional power generation, but also interconnect with intermittent renewables. We are investing approximately $1 billion a year to upgrade our transmission grid; this will help California meet its 33% Renewables Portfolio Standard by 2020. In 2011, SCE delivered 15.54 billion kilowatt hours of renewable electricity to our customers, equal to 21.1% of our power portfolio. In addition, EMG is the sixth largest wind developer in the country, operating a portfolio of 31 projects with generating capacity of nearly 2,000 megawatts.”
By the end of 2012, said Craver, the company will have completed the installation of 5 million smart meters. “The $1.6 billion Edison SmartConnect program will provide customers with new tools to better understand and manage their electricity use.” The company’s Plug-in Readiness program, meanwhile, will help customers who choose electric cars prepare their homes for fueling with electricity and informing them about their EV rate plan options.