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 employees rise to the challenge, bringing electricity to thousands of awaiting customers.
SMUD responds to the energy crisis with expanded generation sources and a comprehensive energy-conservation program.
While expanding service, SMUD keeps rates about 17% lower than in surrounding communities.
SMUD dives into research and development of advanced technologies like solar, fuel cells, gas turbines and biomass.