For Immediate Release: June 22, 2018

SMUD invites public input on proposed rate action

No rate increase included in proposal

The SMUD Board of Directors is holding two public workshops and a public hearing to discuss proposed rate changes. The proposal does not include an increase in rates. Instead, it recommends changes to encourage regional economic development, a change to the System Infrastructure Fixed Charge for residential customers transferring service, and some other changes.

The Chief Executive Officer & General Manager’s Report and Recommendation on Rates and Services, released by SMUD CEO & GM Arlen Orchard, outlines the proposed changes. The report includes:

  • A proposal to increase and extend the Economic Development Rate (EDR) discount and remove some of its eligibility restrictions in an effort to attract, retain and help businesses expand in the region. SMUD’s Board will consider a 10-year contract period for the EDR, options for disadvantaged communities and removing restrictions on qualification for the rate.
  • A proposal to offset the fees charged to businesses to extend SMUD’s infrastructure to provide their business with electricity.
  • A proposal to prorate the System Infrastructure Fixed Charge for residential customers on bills with less than 27 days of service. By prorating, customers will pay only for the number of days their home received power from SMUD.
  • A proposal to change the language of the Hydro Generation Adjustment to account for fluctuations in precipitation.

Members of the public can ask questions and provide feedback at the following meetings to be held at SMUD’s Customer Service Center, Rubicon Room, 6301 S Street, Sacramento, CA 95817.

Public Workshop

Tuesday, July 17 10:00 a.m.

Public Workshop

Thursday, July 26

6: 00 p.m.

Public Hearing

Thursday, August 16 6:00 p.m.

Information on the proposed rate action and a complete copy of the Chief Executive Officer & General Manager’s Report and Recommendations on Rates and Services can be found at and at all Sacramento County Public Libraries.

For answers to specific questions about the proposal, please visit or call 888-742-7683*. Written comments and questions can be emailed to

*Phone number has been edited as of 7/3/19.