Proposed rates for 2018 - 2019
As a community-owned, not-for-profit electric service for more than 70 years, SMUD exists to serve our customers and our community. That means we make decisions that focus on the best interests of our community.
Changes included in the 2017 rate proposal:
- An increase in rates for residential and commercial customers.
- A new time-based rate called residential Time-of-Day (5 - 8 p.m. Peak) Rate. Learn more.
- A proposal to restructure the Energy Assistance Program Rate to better assist low-income customers with the greatest need. Learn more.
- A proposal to update the Net Energy Metering program for customers that install rooftop solar beginning Jan. 1, 2018, and to create a "grandfathered" transition period for current NEM customers.
- Additional recommendations including minor language changes related to certain tariff sheets and rules and regulations.
Why the rate increase is needed
The rate increase will be used to help upgrade SMUD’s system to provide customers with a modern energy grid that can successfully integrate more distributed and renewable energy sources and meet evolving customer needs. The increase will also be used to improve the technologies and tools that SMUD customers use to monitor and manage their energy use.
How our rates compare
SMUD's rates are among the lowest in California, and are on average about 30% lower than those of neighboring PG&E. See a Rate Comparison chart.
How this will impact residential customer bills
Bill impacts will depend on how much electricity customers use each month. The average residential customer using 750 kWh per month would see a monthly bill impact of $1.62 with the 1.5% rate increase in 2018.