We’ve set an ambitious goal to eliminate 100% of our carbon emissions from our power supply by 2030. Addressing the pressing issue of climate change is imperative.
In addition, we strive to put Sacramento on the map as a region where our community can experience improved air quality and overall health and where innovative, climate-friendly businesses want to be.
We'll do this while continuing to provide safe and reliable power with rates among the lowest in the state.
Environmental leadership is a core value at SMUD. We strive for environmental sustainability, stewardship and compliance.
We create innovative partnerships to help all our communities.
Awards & recognition
SMUD was the first utility to receive certification and earn a J.D. Power Certified Sustainability Leader designation. The program recognizes electric utilities that provide superior customer engagement, awareness and advocacy for its climate sustainability goals and plans to address climate change.
Through the years, we’ve continually been recognized as an industry leader for our expertise, vision, programs and services we offer to our customers and community.
|2023 The Earthfirst Award for Excellence in Sustainability
|2023 Lewis M. Milford Clean Energy Champion Award
- CEO & General Manager Paul Lau, 2030 Zero Carbon Plan
|Business Environmental Resource Center
- Campus conservation efforts
|J.D. Power Sustainability Index
|Sustainability Index, ranked 1st place
Clean Energy Community Advocacy Award
|Arbor Day Foundation
|Tree Line USA Award
|Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD)
|Community Partner Award
- Energy Careers Pathways and Grid Alternatives program
|Cloud for Utilities
|Customer Innovation ICON Award
- Sustainable Communities Program
|Electric Power Research Institute
|EPRI Power Delivery & Utilization Technology Transfer Award
- Hedge Battery Fire Prevention Efforts
|Sustainability Index, tied for 1st place
|Norcal AEE Chapter
|Excellence in Advancement of Public Education of Carbon-Free Energy
|Ragan CSR & Diversity Awards
|Green & Environmental Stewardship
- 2030 Zero Carbon Plan
|Right-of-Way Stewardship Council
Right-of-Way Steward accreditation
|Utility Transformation Awards 2022
- Solar + Storage Rate
Net-Zero Leader of the Year
|Carbon Disclosure Project
|Leadership in Corporate Sustainability
|J.D. Power Certified Sustainability Leader
|Sacramento Business Journal
|Corporate Citizenship Awards, Champion for Environmental Preservation & Sustainability
|US Environmental Protection Agency
|RAD Ambassador Award
|Zpryme and Smart Energy Water
|Sustainable Utility Category
- 2021 WE3 Innovator Award, Paul Lau
|Carbon Disclosure Project
|Climate A List Company
|Clean Energy States Alliance (CESA)
|State leadership in Clean Energy
- Energy StorageShares Program
|Environment + Energy Leader
|Top Product - Energy StorageShares Program
|Plug in America
|Drive Electric Award for Outstanding Utility