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, and related rate changes effective in 2015.
What is SMUD's Street Lighting Service?
SMUD currently offers Street Lighting Services, under Rate Schedule SLS, that provides 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 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.
What is new in the 2015 SLS rate schedule?
Effective January 23, 2015, there were two changes to the SLS rate schedule. First, SLS electricity charges were increased by 2.5%. Plus, all new street lighting installations were required to be connected to a customer-provided meter pedestal. Secondly, a new metered rate category, SL_DOM_M, was made available for SMUD owned and maintained metered street lights.
SLS rate changes for 2015 are detailed below in Section B: Rate Changes January 23, 2015.
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, and rate changes in 2015
A. Street Lighting Service Rate Schedule (SLS)
SMUD's outdoor lighting service facilities options:
|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. Rate Changes January 23, 2015
- Street lighting electricity charges were increased by 2.5%, however monthly maintenance charges remained the same and are reviewed annually. New metering requirements and a new rate category, SL_DOM_M, were added.
- 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 relocations of existing service pedestals serving five or more lights will require the installation of a metered pedestal.
- Retrofits of existing lighting fixtures, maintenance replacements of pedestals and replacements due to emergencies will not typically require a change to a metered rate.
For more information about the changes to SMUD's rates approved in August 2013, and to view the General Manager's Report, click here.