San Diego Gas & Electric Co. said it may have to ask customers to reduce electricity use during hot days when power demand spikes.

“While SDG&E has lined up the electric resources necessary to supply our customers with enough power this summer, in the event of an extended heat wave, we expect that we will need to ask customers to reduce their energy use,” said Jessie J. Knight Jr., SDG&E’s chairman and CEO.

The news comes a short time after Southern California Edison announced that it will close the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station. The plant at the north end of Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton had helped meet demand in San Diego and Orange counties.

Many businesses and large institutions participate in “demand response” programs, cutting use on days when electric supplies are expected to be low. SDG&E offers an introduction to these programs at

— SDBJ Staff Report