​Strategic direction

Our Strategic Direction guides us in the decisions we make about SMUD’s policies and operations. Our Board continually reviews and refines these guidelines to make sure we’ll meet your energy needs, both now and in the future.

Purpose statement (policy number: SD-1A)

SMUD is community-owned. Our purpose is to enhance the quality of life for our customers and community through creative energy solutions. (Policy Number: SD-1A)

Vision statement (policy number: SD-1B)

SMUD's vision is to be the trusted partner with our customers and community, providing innovative solutions to ensure energy affordability and reliability, improve the environment, reduce our region’s carbon footprint, and enhance the vitality of our community. (Policy Number: SD-1B)

Core values

Key values

  • Board-Chief Executive Officer and General Manager Relationship (Policy Number: BL-1)
  • Board-Chief Legal Officer and General Counsel Relationship (Policy Number: BL-2)
  • Board-Internal Auditor Relationship (Policy Number: BL-3)
  • Board-Special Assistant Relationship (Policy Number: BL-4)
  • Unity of Control (Policy Number: BL-5)
  • Evaluating the General Manager's Performance (Policy Number: BL-6)
  • Delegation to the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager (Policy Number: BL-7)
  • Delegation to the General Manager with Respect to Procurement (Policy Number: BL-8)
  • Delegation to the General Manager with Respect to Local, State and Federal Legislation and Regulation (Policy Number: BL-9)
  • Delegation to the General Manager With Respect to Real and Personal Property Policy (Policy Number: BL-10)
  • Delegation to the General Manager With Respect to The Settlement of Claims and Litigation (Policy Number: BL-11)
  • Delegation to the General Manager for Transmission, Wholesale Electricity and Natural Gas Transactions (Policy Number: BL-12)
  • Delegation to the General Manager With Respect to Grants (Policy Number: BL-13)
  • Delegation to the Chief Executive Officer and General Manager with Respect to Customer Products, Services and Programs (Policy Number: BL-14)
  • Purpose of Board (Policy Number: GP-1)
  • Governance Focus (Policy Number: GP-2)
  • Board Job Description (Policy Number: GP-3)
  • Agenda Planning (Policy Number: GP-4)
  • Election of Board President and Vice President (Policy Number: GP-5)
  • Role of the Board President (Policy Number: GP-6)
  • Guidelines for Board Member Behavior (Policy Number: GP-7)
  • Board Committee Principles (Policy Number: GP-8)
  • Board Committee Chairs (Policy Number: GP-9)
  • Board Training, Orientation (Policy Number: GP-10)
  • Board Review of Internal Records (Policy Number: GP-11)
  • Board Compensation and Benefits (Policy Number: GP-12)
  • Core and Key Values (Policy Number: GP-13)
  • External Auditor Relationship (Policy Number: GP-14)
  • Board Travel and Training Reimbursement (Policy Number GP-15)