For more than seven decades, we have delivered on a fundamental promise: to provide you with reliable electricity at affordable rates.
With eyes on the future, we are taking steps to curtail our reliance on carbon-based fuels and meet ambitious goals set by your elected Board of Directors and state lawmakers to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
One important way we do this is through technology that will put you in greater control of your energy choices. Imagine a future where your thermostats, appliances and electronic devices communicate with your electric meter to operate at peak efficiency, or where you can view your energy usage on your laptop, smart pad or smart phone at any time, from anywhere.
A big first step toward that future is the installation of 600,000 smart meters at customer locations across our entire service area. Those will be connected to other leading technologies to create what is being called a "smart grid."
The smart grid has potential to transform how you use energy and also how we serve your energy needs, allowing for a much more interactive customer experience than was ever possible.
Energy is vital to our lives. And, as our energy future unfolds, you can trust SMUD to help you make smart choices.
SMUD began serving Sacramento in 1946 and is now the nation’s sixth-largest community-owned electric utility. SMUD provides reliable, affordable electricity to most of Sacramento County and a portion of Placer County. SMUD is recognized nationally and internationally for its innovative energy efficiency programs and renewable power technologies, SMUD was the first large California utility to receive more than 20 percent of its energy from renewable resources. See a map of our territory.
Some facts and figures
Population in our service area: 1.5 million
Size of our service area: 900 square miles
Total accounts served (residential + business): 626,460 (as of Jan. 1, 2017)
Number of SMUD employees: 2,219
Miles of power lines we own: 10,473
Power from non-carbon-emitting resources: 50%
The Challenge of Peak Demand
With Sacramento expected to grow significantly by the year 2050, SMUD is particularly concerned with the impact that growth will have on peak demand.
Peak demand occurs during the summer when temperatures soar to 100 degrees or more and customers crank up their air conditioners.
Today, SMUD customers push the peak demand for energy to approximately 3,000 megawatts. SMUD has to account for an additional 400 megawatts of electricity for approximately 40 hours a year. By 2050, that peak demand is expected to be about 5,000 megawatts, which would create a need for another 600 megawatts during those 40 hours.
Energy efficiency is the best way to address this challenge - every kilowatt of electricity saved is one less kilowatt that needs to be generated by a power plant.