2022-2023 rate changes

Overview

SMUD’s 2021 Chief Executive Officer & General Manager’s Report and Recommendation on Rates and Services was approved by SMUD's Board of Directors.

The following rate changes were approved in 2021:

  • An increase in rates in 2022 and 2023
  • A new Solar and Storage Rate for customers that add onsite generation, such as rooftop solar
  • A new optional Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) rate for residential customers to help meet peak energy demand when it’s needed most
  • Minor tariff language changes
  • A revision to SMUD's Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT)

Rate changes

Changes for 2022 and 2023

Rate increase

The approved changes include the following increases for all customers:

  • 1.5% rate increase effective March 1, 2022
  • 2% rate increase effective January 1, 2023

The rate increases are well below the forecasted rate of inflation and support SMUD’s commitment to keep rate increases at or below inflation through 2030.

How will this impact my bill?

The increases will impact all customers differently, depending on how much electricity is used each month.

The average residential customer will see an increase of:

  • About $1.91 per month in 2022
  • An additional $2.57 per month in 2023

Why rate changes are needed

We work hard to control costs and operate as efficiently as possible. The need for the modest rate increases is due to several factors, including:

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Wildfire prevention and mitigation

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Infrastructure improvements

To maintain high reliability

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Clean energy compliance requirements

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Increased operating costs

Including materials and labor costs

How our rates compare

As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric utility, SMUD’s rates are among the lowest in California and are on average about 45% lower than those of neighboring PG&E.

Public workshops and hearing

Members of the public had the opportunity to provide feedback about the rate proposal in 2021 at public workshops. For the safety of our customers and employees, all meetings were held virtually.

Public workshops

Thursday, July 8, 2021 at 5:30 PM

Tuesday, July 27, 2021 at 10 AM

Public hearing

Tuesday, August 31, 2021 at 5:30 PM

Public comments

Written comments were submitted by email to ContactUs@smud.org or by mail to:
SMUD
P.O. Box 15830, MS A451
Sacramento, CA 95852-0830

View comments

Solar and Storage Rate

A new Solar and Storage Rate applies to customers approved to connect to SMUD’s grid on or after March 1, 2022.

This new rate structure and the supporting programs and incentives will transform the solar market. Customers will move from solar only to solar and storage because it brings greater value and broader benefits to all customers. The new rate is the outcome of extensive collaboration that began in 2019 with representatives from the solar and storage industry.

View Solar and Storage Rate details

Critical Peak Pricing Rate

The 2021 GM Report included a new Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) Rate option for residential customers effective June 1, 2022. The Time-of-Day (TOD) 5-8 p.m. Rate remains the standard rate for all residential customers.

The CPP Rate is designed for our customers to help reduce demand on our grid during times when there are emergency conditions with the power system or when the energy demand is at its highest. Customers who voluntarily participate in the CPP Rate will be asked to reduce their energy usage and dispatch their stored energy if they have a battery to help conserve electricity when it’s needed most to take pressure off of our grid.

The CPP Rate works by charging an additional price per kWh during an event. The events will last 1-4 hours and may be called only once per day at any time of the day during the summer months (June – September), including weekends and holidays. In exchange, customers will receive a discount on Summer Off-Peak and Mid-Peak prices. SMUD will notify customers a day in advance before a critical peak event is called, though we may call the event with shorter notice during emergency situations.

The CPP Rate will only apply to customers who voluntarily choose to opt-in and participate in a program, such as the planned smart thermostat program, or who accept the storage incentive.

Open Access Transmission Tariff

SMUD CEO & General Manager Paul Lau also released the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager’s Report on Open Access Transmission Tariff (OATT). The approved changes revised SMUD's OATT to ensure SMUD's transmission rates for certain ancillary services reflect current costs.

Read the OATT Report