For Immediate Release: May 19, 2023

SMUD hosts summit on clean energy jobs

Workforce program supports local nonprofits, education and training

On Monday, SMUD will host a workforce summit to increase awareness among the region’s nonprofits about career pathways and job development support related to clean energy technology and SMUD’s regional decarbonization plan.

“As we progress on our plan to deliver on 100 percent zero carbon energy by 2030, SMUD is investing in workforce development programs that prepare the region’s workforce for high-wage careers in clean energy,” said SMUD Chief Executive Officer & General Manager Paul Lau. “SMUD believes every community can participate in, and benefit from, the environmental, health and economic benefits of a clean energy future we’re building together.”

What: SMUD’s Regional Workforce Development Summit

When: Monday, May 22 from 8 a.m. to 12:15 p.m.

Where: Sacramento Power Academy, 9268 Tokay Lane, Sacramento

Who: SMUD Board of Director's President Heidi Sanborn; representatives from California Workforce Association, Valley Vision, VSP, Teichert, CGI and North Far North Center of Excellence for Labor Market Research; dozens of Sacramento-area organizations and nonprofits; SMUD representatives and other community members

Dozens of Sacramento-area organizations, nonprofits, educational institutions and other community partners that focus on job placement, workforce development, training, job readiness and education will attend the Regional Workforce Development Summit, which will cover:  

  • emerging skillsets and clean energy workforce pathways;
  • how organizations can incorporate SMUD’s Zero Carbon Plan into their workforce development; and
  • resources that support individuals pursuing job placement, training and new careers in clean energy.

SMUD works with community partners to deliver hands-on training in emerging competitive-paying careers through equity-guided jobs programs. This year, SMUD launched the Six-Week Electrical Training Program in partnership with Northern California Construction Training. The students are learning basic electrical technician skills and gaining specific electrification and electric vehicle supply equipment knowledge that will open pathways to full apprenticeships and high-paying jobs. In June, SMUD will host a job summit focused on women in skilled trades. SMUD will also offer a follow-up summit later this year targeting potential workforce candidates and businesses with a demand for skilled energy employees.

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030.