SEED Quarterly winter 2022

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Advanced Thermostat Management for your business

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In the summer months, energy demand is at its greatest. In times of extreme demand, we need the help of our business community to maintain a reliable power grid. This is where our Advanced Thermostat Management partners come in.

By integrating automated response capabilities into your HVAC system, your energy use will automatically scale back in extreme circumstances when demand for electricity is at its peak. Learn more by reading the flyer or contact your Strategic Account Advisor.

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Supplier highlight: Off the Vine Catering

Dave and Jackie Hanson love food. And with their Off the Vine Catering Company, they love helping people serve up high quality dishes, drinks and service to host great events. They take pride in offering flexible, creative menus at a reasonable price and have recently expanded their business to include a food truck that brings them to many fun events throughout the Sacramento area.

Dave and Jackie shared that being a local member of the California Restaurant Association, as well as enrolling in SMUD’s SEED program, helped their business thrive.

When asked about the advantages of being a SEED vendor, Dave said that it has particularly benefited his company by not only opening the door to doing business with SMUD, but also with state and other government agencies. One additional tip that Dave has for other catering companies is “keep the quality and service a top priority, always remember to have healthy items on the menu and be flexible to accommodate special menu requests.” 

Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging (DEIB)

At SMUD, Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Belonging is top of mind, and we’re always working to improve our knowledge and awareness through education and experience. In October, we took our efforts outside the office by sponsoring and participating in local events that support cultural awareness, celebrate diversity and promote equity and belonging in our community.

Cultural Hub EventSacramento Cultural Hub: Exceptional Women of Color Awards

Focuses on ways to improve health care, increase wealth, promote high education, further diversity and enhance entrepreneurship/business opportunities within the African American/urban communities in Sacramento.

Juneteenth Event

Sacramento Juneteenth Inc.: Juneteenth (partnership)

Educational and health-based organization that focuses on the importance of America’s history and living a healthy lifestyle.

Iranian American Cultural & Educational Center: Nowruz Spring Festival

Iranian_American_Cultural_CenterPromotes Iranian culture and education through a wide range of social, civic and economic integration programs for immigrants from Persian-speaking countries while strengthening the collaborative culture among Sacramento’s professionals.



Choose clean energy for your business

Commercial solar panels

You can reduce your environmental impact and choose to have your electricity needs met with up to 100% renewable or carbon-free energy sources with Greenergy for your business.

Learn more about Greenergy


Upcoming commercial workshops

The 2022 Energy Code has introduced significant changes for multifamily occupancies, including how these occupancies are to be classified and organized within the new code, as well as the introduction of new mandatory and prescriptive measures facilitating preparation for future multifamily all-electric buildings. Join us for this presentation where we review not only the all-electric preparation requirements of the energy code, but also photovoltaic (PV) exemptions. We will also explore preparation for future all-electric buildings in the Energy Code requirements for HVAC systems, domestic hot water and battery storage.

Feb. 21, 2023, 10 – 11 a.m.
In this class, you’ll learn:

  • when 2022 energy code requirements will go into effect.
  • how 2019 multifamily occupancy classifications have been reorganized in 2022 energy code along with their corresponding code sections.
  • about updates to 2022 prescriptive HVAC and domestic hot water requirements related to when solar photovoltaic and battery systems are required in multifamily buildings.
  • where to access online resources for more guidance on these topics.

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Help us lead the global Clean PowerCitySM movement here at home!

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For decades, we've been a leader in clean energy and carbon reduction. Our 2030 Zero Carbon plan continues this commitment. Our goal is to reach zero carbon emissions in our power supply by 2030 and you can help us get there!

Start with your commute.

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Recently awarded SEED contracts

Civil Annual Construction
Economic & Planning Systems, Inc. 
Fast Signs
Mader Supply, LLC

We recently awarded multiple three-year contracts, totaling $100M,
with more than 40% SEED vendor participation!

Congratulations to these bidders:
Arrow Construction
Sierra National Construction, Inc.
Mountain G. Enterprises, inc.

Upcoming contract opportunities

DC Power Equipment 
GPO Construction and Emergency Services 
ManageEngine Software and Maintenance



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