For Immediate Release: September 1, 2022

SMUD asks customers to conserve electricity

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In alignment with Governor Newsom’s state of emergency order and the California Independent System Operator’s extended alerts, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) asks customers to limit their use of electricity this afternoon due to high temperatures, heavy demand for electricity and tight power supplies across the state.

Customers can help by raising thermostat settings on air conditioners to 80 degrees, particularly during the hours of 4:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m., and limiting the use of major appliances and turning off unnecessary lights.

Commercial and industrial customers are asked to reduce the use of lighting not essential for safety purposes in garages, hallways, lobbies, warehouses and displays. The minimized use of office equipment, supply and exhaust fans, circulating pumps, and maintenance and repair equipment will also allow lower the demand for electricity.

About SMUD

As the nation’s sixth-largest, community-owned, not-for-profit electric service provider, SMUD has been providing low-cost, reliable electricity to Sacramento County for more than 75 years. SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. Today, SMUD’s power supply is on average about 50 percent carbon free and SMUD has a goal to reach zero carbon in its electricity production by 2030. For more information on SMUD’s Zero Carbon Plan and its customer programs, visit