How SMUD Re-Engineered itself to Focus on Decarbonization through Flexibility and Electrification

How SMUD (Sacramento Municipal Utility District) Re-Engineered Itself to Focus On Decarbonization Through Flexibility and Electrification.


Summary of the Key Points

Recently, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) became the first electric utility in the nation to begin evaluating all of its demand-side manage management programs in terms of avoided carbon emissions rather than average savings.

In this Building Decarbonization Coalition webinar, Scott Blunk, Strategic Business Planner at SMUD, explains how the challenge of this transformation is affecting every aspect of SMUD’s business. Recurve’s Matt Golden and Adam Scheer then outline how Recurve is working with SMUD to quantify demand flexibility at the meter to correctly measure carbon reductions on an hourly marginal basis.

Currently, 65 percent of customers in the United States are served by a utility with a carbon or emission reduction goal, according to the SEPA Carbon Reduction Tracker.

However, SMUD is leading the way in not only committing to zero-carbon but also aligning internal goals directly with avoided carbon as the key metric. Moving to a carbon-based accounting approach is critical for utilities like SMUD to meet their greenhouse gas goals, especially as they electrify all residential energy use.