​Greenhouse gas reduction

SMUD’s Climate Strategy

 

SMUD’s Climate Strategy is linked to the Sustainable Future priority of SMUD’s “North Star” strategic vision for the organization.  To achieve it we “embrace a low carbon future while balancing affordability, reliability and customer choice.  We are committed to sustainability in our business practices.”  A number of our Board of Directors’ Strategic Directions (SD) support this vision.  SD-9 contains our Sustainable Power Supply objective to reduce greenhouse gas emissions required to serve our customers to 30% below 1990 levels by 2020 and 90% below 1990 levels by 2050. We aim to meet these goals while assuring reliability of the system, minimizing environmental impacts on land, habitat, water quality and air quality, and maintaining a competitive position relative to other California electricity providers.   In addition, SD-7 states that SMUD will “provide leadership in the reduction of the region’s total emissions of greenhouse gases through proactive programs in all SMUD activities and development and support of national, State and regional climate change policies and initiatives.  Between these directives, our existing customer programs, our climate related research and other community initiatives, SMUD supports every pillar of California’s Climate Strategy.

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SMUD’s Commitment to Support California’s Climate Strategy

 

50% renewable electricity

  • Continue to expand our SolarShares program
  • Increase the percentage of SMUD-delivered electricity through voluntary Greenergy participation
  • Advance our Distributed Energy Strategy for solar adoption, storage, energy efficiency, electric vehicles and competitive alternatives
  • Supply 33% of our energy from qualified renewable sources by 2020 (wind, water, sun and landfill gas) and 50% by 2030 

 

50% reduction in petroleum use in vehicles

  • Offer incentives for off-peak charging and free electricity for two years for new EV owners
  • Expand our fleet of plug-in hybrids (including bucket trucks) and battery EV’s
  • Install more fast-charging stations (SMUD developed the first solar-powered charging station on the West Coast)
  • Support regional grant applications for electrified bus lines

 

Double energy savings at existing buildings

  • SMUD offers rebates and incentives for customers to improve the energy efficiency of their home
  • SMUD offers rebates and incentives to businesses to improve the energy efficiency of their workplaces

 

Carbon sequestration in the land base

  • Research support for Delta wetlands and Placer forest carbon offset demonstration projects
  • New research initiative to evaluate regional bio-sequestration potential and assist with demonstration
  • 1,100 acre Nature Preserve at Rancho Seco funded and transferred to Sacramento Valley Conservancy

 

Reduce short-lived climate pollutants

  • Pilot Natural Refrigerant Incentive program launched in 2017 to explore alternatives to hydrofluorocarbon based refrigerants
  • Supported construction of five dairy digesters, with one additional proposed to capture methane emissions from manure

 

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