Upcoming rate changes

2020 rate changes

January 1, 2020  +3.75%
October 1, 2020 +3.00%

Why is my rate changing?

As your community-owned, not-for-profit electric service, we work hard to control costs to operate as efficiently as possible.  Changes to your rate are driven by the following external factors: 


We’re increasing our capacity to provide electricity to ensure we can reliably serve customers’ energy needs during times of peak demand.

Wildfire safety

To reduce the risk of wildfire and improve safety, we're working to enhance wildfire prevention efforts and put new and improved safety measures in place to make our electric system more resilient. Learn about our efforts.


We’re deploying new technology solutions to support cyber security, customer experience, improved reliability and distributed energy resources.


Investing in renewable energy and increased energy efficiency initiatives to achieve California mandated policy requirements including carbon reduction goals. Watch how we're investing in clean energy.

2021 rate changes

In 2021, business customers will experience rate increases and a commercial rate restructure.

January 1, 2021 +2.50% 
October 1, 2021 +2.00%

2021 rate restructure

Beginning in 2021, our commercial customers will transition to a new rate structure. The rate restructure will include:

  • Consistency across all rate classes to make it easier to predict energy costs
  • Changes Time-of-Use to Time-of-Day periods that better aligns with the cost of provided electricity (see clocks below)
  • New non-summer off peak saver rate for low energy prices when energy costs less
  • No peak on weekends and holidays
  • Adjustments to fixed charges including
    •  System Infrastructure Fixed Charge (SIFC)
    • Site Infrastructure Charge (SIC)
    • Summer Peak Demand Charge (SPkW)

Time-of-Day time periods

Chart showing commercial rate time periods for summer and non-summer seasons

Energy saving tips

  • Invest in new, energy efficient air conditioning/cooling systems or check your existing air conditioning system to ensure that it is operating at peak efficiency (change out filters, check the economizer, clean condenser coils and have annual maintenance check-up). 
  • Use a smart power strip to help control phantom loads (electricity used by devices that are plugged into an electrical system, but not being used) and unplug electronics that are not used often.
  • Educate your employees on energy saving tips.
  • Switch out light bulbs to energy efficient LED bulbs.

See more energy tips      Learn about energy saving rebates

Get connected

Access your online account

Log in or enroll in My Account for information and solutions specific to your business. Access your account any time of the day to manage your energy with easy to view dashboards, bill comparison charts and easy reporting features.

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Find your Strategic Account Advisor

If you're a business owner, operator or tenant, your dedicated SMUD Strategic Account Advisor is your personal energy expert available to help you save time, energy and money. Locate your advisor now.

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Want to know more?

For more information about the 2020 and 2021 rate changes and commercial restructure, view the General Manager's report.