SMUD supports California's climate strategy initiatives
50% renewable electricity
50% reduction in petroleum use in vehicles
Double energy savings at existing buildings
Carbon sequestration in the land base
Reduce short-lived pollutants
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As part of our commitment to the environment, we also protect our feathered friends.
Keeping birds out of SMUD’s electrical equipment and avoiding the resulting power outages has been an ongoing effort by SMUD since the 1980s. Please help us – and our feathered friends – by calling SMUD’s Avian Protection hotline at 1-916-732-5063 to report outages caused by birds, or to report birds that are building nests on utility poles or substations.
SMUD’s cost-effective strategies for keeping birds out of the electrical equipment are featured in our Avian Protection Plan. With the help of industry and wildlife experts, SMUD created a plan that includes things like adding space between power lines and reducing the chance of contact with birds’ wings. Likewise, SMUD adds insulated materials to its overhead system of poles and lines to keep birds from contacting energized equipment.
We also keep track of the species of birds that are likely to come into contact with the electrical system. This information helps with the design of new facilities. One of the tools we use is a Bird Identification Guide. While not a complete guide to birds in SMUD’s territory, it does identify those birds who are apt to perch on electrical lines and those who sometimes fly low enough to encounter the lines. Photos of the birds and a description of their habitat are included.