Public input process FAQs
What happens at the public workshops?
SMUD staff holds workshops to obtain feedback from the public about the 2019 Rate Report. Although members of the Board may attend these public workshops to observe, they are not scheduled Board meetings and the Board members will not participate in the discussion. The two public workshops will focus on the same topics and are scheduled as follows:
- April 23rd at 10:00 a.m.
- May 9th at 6:00 p.m.
Meetings are held at the SMUD Customer Service Center, Rubicon Room, 6301 S Street, Sacramento.
What if I have questions about the rate proposal?
Members of the public may ask questions at any of the public workshops. Questions may also be submitted in writing to firstname.lastname@example.org . SMUD staff will typically respond to such written questions within 5 business days (questions received after 5:00 p.m. will be considered received on the next business day). However, SMUD staff will notify the customer in the event that complex questions require additional time. Because SMUD staff engages in a significant amount of public outreach, it is not feasible to post every question received throughout this rate process. However, SMUD will compile a list of frequently asked questions and post them on its website.
Is there a deadline for submitting questions?
Questions may be submitted in writing up until five business days prior to the public hearing scheduled for June 4.
How can I provide written comments on the rate proposal?
Written documents, including alternative rate proposals, on the rate proposal in the 2019 Rate Report may be submitted to email@example.com at any time up until June 24, 2019 (the Board is scheduled to make its final decision at the Board Meeting on this date). On June 4, we expect the Board to issue a draft resolution containing its proposed rate resolution and the basis for that decision. The release of the draft resolution will open up a formal comment period. Unless otherwise instructed by the commenter, SMUD will post any written documents received that are directly relevant to the rate proposal on its website.
What happens on June 4?
On June 4, beginning at 6 p.m., the Board will conduct a public hearing on the rate proposal. The Board will also consider any written alternatives to the rate changes proposed that are submitted by any member of the public. At the conclusion of the public hearing, the Board will vote on whether to issue a draft resolution containing its proposed rate decision and the basis for that decision. If the Board issues a draft resolution, the resolution will be made available for public review and comment for at least 10 calendar days.
How can I participate at the June 4 hearing?
Any member of the public may speak on the draft proposal for up to 3 minutes, unless the Board President in his or her discretion extends the speaking time. You may present non-duplicative comments, recommendations and alternatives for the Board’s consideration. Those with presentations on alternatives to the rate changes proposed that need longer than 3 minutes must notify SMUD in writing at least 10 calendar days prior to the June 4 hearing if they require additional time, and also indicate the amount of time requested. To ensure adequate time for all interested persons to provide public comment, the Board President may, in his or her discretion, grant additional time up to 20 minutes. Written materials must be submitted five days prior to the hearing.
What happens at the June 24 meeting?
The Board is scheduled to vote on the proposed rate resolution on June 24 at its regularly scheduled meeting which begins at 6 p.m. If the Board approves the rate resolution, the rate process is concluded. The rate changes will become effective for the period beginning January 2020.
What if the Board proposes material modifications (i.e., modifications which would change customer rates or billings) to the proposed resolution?
If the Board proposes material modifications to the proposed rate resolution, the revised resolution will be made available for public review and comment for at least an additional 10 calendar days. The public will have an opportunity to provide public testimony on the modified resolution prior to any Board action.
Are there any additional public meetings on the 2019 Rate Proposal?
Yes, the Board will host a panel discussion with industry representatives during the April 30th Strategic Development Committee meeting, beginning at 5:30 p.m. This panel will focus on fixed infrastructure cost recovery and net energy metering. There will be an opportunity for public comment at the end of the meeting. No Board action will be taken at this meeting.