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Customer Advanced Technologies

We want to help you find cutting-edge solutions to energy efficiency. That’s why we developed our Customer Advanced Technologies (CAT) program. It’s a research and development program designed to help you use and evaluate new or underutilized technologies.

CAT provides funding for customers in exchange for a two-year monitoring agreement. This is a win-win proposition for you and for all of our customers as we strive to reduce the need for new power plants.

Unlike many R & D programs, ours emphasizes real-world demonstration projects. We’ve completed demonstration projects with lighting technologies, building envelopes, heating ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) systems, and a wide variety of other technologies.

We invite you to learn more about our program from this presentation. Or read the answers to frequently asked questions about our program.

Quarterly newsletter

CAT produces a free electronic newsletter that is published and distributed via e-mail quarterly. It describes current research and includes a calendar of technology workshops. If you’d like to be added to the distribution list, e-mail

To participate

If you're interested in participating in SMUD's Customer Advanced Technologies Program or have questions about completed projects, please call (916) 732-6409. Or send an e-mail to

We’ve got reports!

These reports will help you understand the projects we’ve conducted. Please note that we provide these reports as a public service, but we don’t endorse specific products or manufacturers. Mention of any particular product or manufacturer should not be construed as an implied endorsement.

Light emitting diodes (LEDs)

Reports below describe innovative LED projects customers have undertaken in recent years.

Other lighting technologies:

Lighting accounts for about 20 percent of all electrical energy use in California. So development of new energy-efficient technologies is important for our energy future.

Heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC)

We’ve worked with customers to install geothermal heat pumps, evaporative condensed air conditioners, indirect/direct evaporative cooling (IDEC) systems and other ultra-high efficiency cooling techniques.

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs)

Other technologies

SMUD customers have participated in demonstration projects for a wide variety of technologies including non-chemical water treatment systems, voltage regulation devices, solar powered lighting systems and solar powered pond circulators.

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