​Street Lighting Service

SMUD provides special rates and services for public right-of-way lighting, such as street lighting, for cities, counties and other public agencies. Following are answers to common questions about SMUD's Street Lighting Service.

What is SMUD's Street Lighting Service?

SMUD currently offers Street Lighting Services, under Rate Schedule SLS, that provide dusk to dawn outdoor lighting service facilities. SLS is designed for the illumination of public streets, highways, bridges, public parks, elementary schools, secondary schools and colleges. There are several service categories within SLS that provide for flexibility with ownership and maintenance, as well as metering and flat-rate. All service categories pay the same electricity usage rate and some service categories pay a monthly system infrastructure fixed charge or monthly installation and maintenance charges.

SLS rate categories are listed below in section A: Street Lighting Service (SLS) Rate Schedule.

Why did SMUD introduce metered rates?

Advances in outdoor lighting technology allow greater efficiency and functionality, such as variable light levels. A meter is needed to accurately capture the fluctuating electric usage of these new technologies. Also, smart meter technology allows for remote monitoring and reporting of outages and system performance.

What is an outdoor lighting service facility?

An outdoor lighting service facility is the entire system that begins at the electric service point and ends at the light fixture. The lighting system includes underground or overhead wiring, poles, fixture, lamp, ballast, arms, refractors, photocells, controls and other typical support equipment.

Who is responsible for lighting a public right-of-way?

Cities, counties, park districts and other public agencies provide outdoor lighting of public right-of-way within their jurisdiction. These agencies design their own outdoor lighting service facility and determine the location, quantity, spacing, type, brightness and quality of light. The public agency selects a SMUD SLS service category and determines ownership, installation and maintenance responsibilities. Installation, monthly energy usage and maintenance charges are paid by the public agency. SMUD is responsible for furnishing the electricity for the outdoor lighting facilities.

Who is responsible for the operation and maintenance of street lighting facilities?

Most street lighting systems are owned and maintained by a public agency such as a city, county or park district. However there are installations where the public agency chooses SMUD to own and maintain the street lighting system (DOM or DOM_M in the rate schedule). SMUD charges the public agency a monthly charge for the installation and ongoing maintenance of the street lighting system.

How does a public agency request a new street light?

Cities, counties, park districts and other public agencies can request new street lights or changes to existing street lights by contacting SMUD's Street Light Desk at 1-916-732-7343 or email Billing@smud.org.

How does an individual or private entity request a new street light?

Individuals and community groups interested in new outdoor lighting for streets, sidewalks, parks, alleyways or other public right-of-ways should contact the staff of their city, county or appropriate public agency. SMUD does not have the authority to permit private entities or individuals to order outdoor lighting of public property.

Street Lighting Service rate schedule

A. Street Lighting Service Rate Schedule (SLS)
SMUD's outdoor lighting service facilities options:

Option Rate Category
Customer-owned and maintained SL_COM
Customer-owned and maintained, metered SL_COM_M
Customer-owned, District-maintained SL_CODM (closed - 2014)
District-owned and maintained SL_DOM
District-owned and maintained, metered SL_DOM_M
View the full rate schedule here


B. Eligibility

  • Rate Categories SL_DOM_M and SL_COM_M:
    • Eligible street lighting customers will be served under the SL_DOM_M or SL_COM_M rate when 1) five or more lamps are connected individually or in a series to a single lighting circuit or SMUD point of service, or 2) as determined necessary by SMUD on its sole discretion.
    • New installations of four or less lights will require the installation of a metered pedestal at the customer’s expense. See Existing Service Pedestals for requirements associated with existing installations.

Existing service pedestals

  • Where available and feasible, the addition of 4 or less new lights to an existing active service (pedestal) will be served under the account’s current active rate unless the customer requests to move to the metered SL_DOM_M or SL_COM_M rate.
    • Requests to add 5 or more lights to an existing active service (pedestal) will require the installation of a new metered pedestal for the new lights and will be served under the SL_DOM_M or SL_COM_M rate.
    • Installations requiring replacements or relocation of existing service pedestals serving five or more lights will require the installation of a metered pedestal.

For additional information about SMUD's Street Lighting Service, please call our Street Light Desk at 1-916-732-7343 or email Billing@smud.org.