SMUD Answers to You
The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, or “SMUD,” as it’s affectionately known, is one of the largest publicly owned utilities in the United States. Unlike investor-owned utilities, SMUD answers to its rate-payers, making business decisions based less on what will turn a profit, and more on what’s best for the common good.
In the late 1980s, SMUD customers voted to decommission the utility’s Rancho Seco Nuclear generation plant. The decommissioned towers remain, but solar panels and a nearby gas-fired plant now generate the power formerly produced by the nuclear facility.
In addition to solar, natural gas, and wind power, SMUD is also invested in several hydroelectric facilities along the American River, including the Loon Lake Dam and Reservoir, the Union Valley Dam and Reservoir, and the Slab Creek dam and reservoir.