Environmental leadership

We're leading the way to a more sustainable energy future

We’ve set an ambitious goal to eliminate 100% of our carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030.  Addressing the pressing issue of climate change is imperative.

In addition, we strive to put Sacramento on the map as a region where our community can experience improved air quality and overall health and where innovative, climate-friendly businesses want to be.

We'll do this while continuing to provide safe and reliable power with rates among the lowest in the state.

Learn about the 2030 Clean Energy Vision

Get  info on current usage, forecasted peak and our renewable energy mix.
Help  eliminate 100% of the greenhouse gas emissions from our power supply by 2030.
Learn how we're improving the quality of life throughout the Sacramento region.

Our commitment

Environmental leadership is a core value at SMUD. We strive for environmental sustainability, stewardship and compliance.


We create innovative partnerships to help all our communities. 

We're proud to help provide state-of-the-art STEM education for students in the Sacramento region.
We use innovative energy solutions to serve communities in our service area, especially those in historically underserved neighborhoods.
Learn how you can do business with SMUD. From procurement to supporting small business, we're involved in the local community.

Awards & recognition

SMUD was the first utility to receive certification and earn a J.D. Power Certified Sustainability Leader designation. The program recognizes electric utilities that provide superior customer engagement, awareness and advocacy for its climate sustainability goals and plans to address climate change. 

Through the years, we’ve continually been recognized as an industry leader for our expertise, vision, programs and services we offer to our customers and  community. 

Organization Award title
Arbor Day Foundation
Tree Line USA Utility partner
- Shade Tree Program
Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) Climate A List Company
- Carbon reduction efforts
The Climate Registry Climate Registered™ Platinum

Organization Award title
Oracle 2023 The Earthfirst Award for Excellence in Sustainability
CESA 2023 Lewis M. Milford Clean Energy Champion Award
- CEO & General Manager Paul Lau, 2030 Zero Carbon Plan
Business Environmental Resource Center Sustainable Award
- Campus conservation efforts
J.D. Power Sustainability Index
Sustainability Index, ranked 1st place

Clean Energy Community Advocacy Award
- 2030 Zero Carbon Plan and Community Impact Plan

Organization Award title
Anthem Sustainability Environment & Climate Campaign Bronze Award
- Clean PowerCity® campaign
Arbor Day Foundation Tree Line USA Award
CDP A- score for leadership in corporate sustainability
Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)  Community Partner Award
- Energy Careers Pathways and Grid Alternatives program
City Year

2022 City Year Sacramento Community Bridge Builder Award
Clean PowerCity® initiative

Cloud for Utilities Customer Innovation ICON Award
- Sustainable Communities Program
Electric Power Research Institute EPRI Power Delivery & Utilization Technology Transfer Award
- Hedge Battery Fire Prevention Efforts
Escalent Environmental Champion
J.D. Power Sustainability Index, tied for 1st place
Norcal AEE Chapter Excellence in Advancement of Public Education of Carbon-Free Energy
Ragan CSR & Diversity Awards Green & Environmental Stewardship
- 2030 Zero Carbon Plan
Right-of-Way Stewardship Council

 Right-of-Way Steward accreditation
- Founding member in 2014, reaccredited 

Utility Transformation Awards 2022
- Solar + Storage Rate 
The Climate Registry Climate Registered™ Platinum

Net-Zero Leader of the Year
- 2030 Zero Carbon Plan

Organization Award title
Carbon Disclosure Project Leadership in Corporate Sustainability
J.D. Power J.D. Power Certified Sustainability Leader
J.D. Power Sustainability Index
Sacramento Business Journal Corporate Citizenship Awards, Champion for Environmental Preservation & Sustainability
The Climate Registry Climate Registered™ Platinum
US Environmental Protection Agency RAD Ambassador Award
Zpryme and Smart Energy Water Sustainable Utility Category
- 2021 WE3 Innovator Award, Paul Lau