Technology Solutions

We want to help you find cutting-edge solutions to energy efficiency. That's why we developed our Customer Advanced Technologies (CAT) program.

It's a research and development program designed to help you use and evaluate new or underutilized technologies.

CAT provides funding for customers in exchange for a two-year monitoring agreement. This is a win-win proposition for you and for all of our customers as we strive to reduce the need for new power plants.

Unlike many R & D programs, ours emphasizes real-world demonstration projects. We've completed demonstration projects with lighting technologies, building envelopes, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and a wide variety of other technologies.

Quarterly newsletter

CAT produces a free electronic newsletter that is published and distributed via e-mail quarterly. It describes current research and includes a calendar of technology workshops. If you'd like to be added to the distribution list, e-mail

To participate

If you're interested in participating in SMUD's Customer Advanced Technologies Program or have questions about completed projects, please call (916) 732-6409. Or send an e-mail to

Achieve energy savings and reduce GHG emissions by installing a natural refrigeration system or retrofitting a high-GWP system today.

To be eligible for this pilot program, customer must intall a new natural refrigerant system and meet the other requirements of the Custom Incentive or Savings by Design programs, or Retrofit an existing refrigerant system with a natural refrigerant and meet the other requirements of the Custom Incentive or Savings by Design programs

Advanced technologies reports

These reports will help you understand the projects we've conducted. Please note that we provide these reports as a public service, but we don't endorse specific products or manufacturers. Mention of any particular product or manufacturer should not be construed as an implied endorsement.