Environmental leadership

We are working to create a sustainable future for our community.

We strive to achieve environmental sustainability, stewardship and compliance
We're working hard to improve the quality of life throughout the Sacramento region.
Read our draft Integrated Resource Plan, which will guide efforts to supply power through environmentally responsible and cost-effective ways.

Investing in clean power

By utilizing more renewable resources, we’re helping to improve local air quality.

By supporting energy efficiency, electrification of buildings and transportation and increasing our clean power sources, we’re helping improve the air quality throughout the Sacramento region.

SMUD’s goals are even more ambitious than those outlined by California’s legislature. Not only do we have strong existing targets, but we have also continually exceeded expectations. 

Looking toward the future, we’re working hard to make sure we’re ready for the evolving ways our customers receive and use electricity. This preparation helps us continue our commitment to our customers and the environment.

Climate strategy

SMUD supports California's climate strategy initiatives

We're doing our part to be sustainable by implementing programs for:

50% renewable electricity

50% reduction in petroleum use in vehicles

Double energy savings at existing buildings

Carbon sequestration in the land base

Reduce short-lived pollutants

Safeguard California

Learn more about our commitment
climate strategy

Protecting birds

As part of our commitment to the environment, we also protect our feathered friends.

Keeping birds out of SMUD’s electrical equipment and avoiding the resulting power outages has been an ongoing effort by SMUD since the 1980s. SMUD’s cost-effective strategies for keeping birds out of the electrical equipment are featured in our Avian Protection Plan.

 With the help of industry and wildlife experts, SMUD created a plan that includes things like adding space between power lines and reducing the chance of contact with birds’ wings. Likewise, SMUD adds insulated materials to its overhead system of poles and lines to keep birds from contacting energized equipment.

Contact us

Please help us – and our feathered friends – by calling SMUD’s Avian Protection hotline at 1-916-732-5063 to report outages caused by birds, or to report birds that are building nests on utility poles or substations.