Sacramento Municipal Utility District
Partner of the Year
Energy Efficiency Program Delivery
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) is a community-owned electric utility serving the greater Sacramento, California, region since 1946. With a 1.4 million service-area population and 600,000 residential and commercial accounts, SMUD is the sixth largest community-owned electric utility in the nation. SMUD is receiving ENERGY STAR® Partner of the Year recognition for its tradition of dynamic and innovative energy efficiency programming using ENERGY STAR messaging and branding to help customers identify quality, energy efficient products. Key 2014 accomplishments include:
- Driving the sale of two million ENERGY STAR lighting products—the equivalent of almost four per household—in 2014 with a focus on increasing the market for ENERGY STAR certified light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs. The lighting program delivered more than 64 gigawatt hours (GWh) of energy savings and in excess of 7 megawatts (MW) of peak savings in 2014, up 22 percent from 2013.
- Promoting a wide range of ENERGY STAR certified products through its Plug-Load Rebate program, including televisions and clothes washers meeting ENERGY STAR Most Efficient 2014 criteria and ENERGY STAR Emerging Technology Award-winning clothes dryers. The Plug-Load Rebate program achieved more than 13 GWh of energy savings and 2 MW in peak savings in 2014, an increase of 60 percent over 2013.
- Fielding the Retail Products Platform (RPP) pilot led by Pacific Gas & Electric Company (PG&E), in collaboration with the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance and in partnership with Kmart. The RPP is a mid-stream program that entices retailers to stock and promote more ENERGY STAR products, thereby influencing consumers’ buying decisions and potentially transforming the market for energy efficient products. PG&E and SMUD’s work on this pilot in 2014 is helping lay the groundwork for EPA’s efforts to expand the platform on a national scale in 2015-2016.