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Discounts and surcharges
To better serve our residential customers, meet state requirements and keep our rates stable, we've adopted several surcharges and discounts.
SMUD offers discounts to eligible residential customers and nonprofit agencies.
Energy Assistance Program Rate (EAPR)
Eligible low-income customers and nonprofit agencies can receive an EAPR discount on their monthly bills. You can find more EAPR information and an application form on the low-income and nonprofit page.
You can read the official EAPR tariff sheet with more information on both residential and nonprofit agency customers here.
Medical Equipment Discount (MED)
We offer eligible residential customers a discount to assist them with the increased energy cost for running certain electric medical equipment. MED program information and an application are available on our MED Rate page.
The Solar Surcharge is applied to all energy usage to meet the state's mandate to expand solar power. The surcharge is recalculated each January 1.
The Solar Surcharge effective January 1, 2016 is: $0.0016/kWh
Learn more about the Solar Surcharge.
California law requires all electric utilities to collect an Energy Resources Surcharge (State Surcharge) from its customers on electricity consumed. The money is used to fund California Energy Commission (CEC) programs. The current surcharge is $0.00029 per kWh.
The CEC determines the rate every November, not exceeding $0.0003 per kWh.
Learn more about the State Surcharge.
The Hydro Generation Adjustment (HGA) is applied to all energy usage to fund the SMUD Hydro Rate Stabilization Fund. That fund helps offset higher energy costs during dry hydro years. The HGA is recalculated every April 10.
The HGA effective April 10, 2017 is: $0.00/kWh
Read more about the HGA.
How much energy do I use?
Our online tools let you take control of your bill by checking your usage and getting personalized tips to reduce energy consumption.
Want to find ways to lower your electricity bill? Ever wonder how your energy usage stacks up against your neighbors? Curious about how much of your bill is due to that extra fridge in the garage?
With My Energy Tools, you have access to interactive charts showing your usage by year, month and day. Take control of your bill by creating an energy savings plan to fit your lifestyle and budget. And get personalized tips on ways to cut back on usage and save money.