We've been delivering power to customers in our region since 1946, but our history goes back much further than that. In 1923, citizens voted to create SMUD as a community-owned electric service, but years of engineering studies, political battles and legal wrangling delayed SMUD's purchase of PG&E's local electrical system.

In March 1946, the California Supreme Court denied PG&E's final petition to halt the sale, and nine months later SMUD finally began operations. Since then, we have helped power the region's explosive growth, met the challenges of the energy crisis and become a nationwide leader in green energy and conservation.


  • SMUD: The 1940s

    The 1940s

    SMUD employees rise to the challenge, bringing electricity to thousands of awaiting customers.

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  • SMUD: The 1950s

    The 1950s

    As the economy flourishes, the modern electrification of home life expands.

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  • SMUD: The 1960s

    The 1960s

    The "space age" arrives and the demand for electricity and innovation takes off.

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  • SMUD: The 1970s

    The 1970s

    SMUD responds to the energy crisis with expanded generation sources and a comprehensive energy-conservation program.

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  • SMUD: The 1980s

    The 1980s

    While expanding service, SMUD keeps rates about 17% lower than in surrounding communities.

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  • SMUD: The 1990s

    The 1990s

    SMUD dives into research and development of advanced technologies like solar, fuel cells, gas turbines and biomass.

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  • SMUD: The New Century

    The New Century

    With new technologies such as smart meters, SMUD moves boldly into the future as an energy industry leader in reliability and innovation.

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Contact the Board

You can click on the Ward Map to find your Board member’s e-mail address, or call the Board office at 916-732-6155.

Upcoming Events

Board meetings are held in the Auditorium in SMUD's Headquarters Building at 6201 S St.

Board Committee meetings are held in the Headquarters Conference Center (HCC) at 6201 S St.

If you want to address the Board, just complete a sign-up slip at the lobby information center. You should limit your statements to three minutes unless the Board President grants special permission.

Board meetings are televised on Metro Cable Channel 14 at noon on Sunday and 9 a.m. Monday following a meeting.

Accommodations are available for the disabled public. If you need a hearing assistance device or other aid, call 916-732-6857 in advance of the Board meeting you plan to attend.

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