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Sacramento Strives To Exceed State Requirements by 50 Percent

To achieve the 1.5 percent annual energy-saving target, SMUD will accelerate energy efficiency programs for customers over the next two years

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california green energy solutions SACRAMENTO, Calif., May 17, 2007 -- The electric utility for the Sacramento area is set to exceed state requirements and become one of the most energy-efficient regions in the California. The Board of Directors of SMUD voted to approve energy efficiency goals that exceed state requirements by 50 percent.

SMUD will help customers reduce total energy consumption by 15 percent over the next ten years, exceeding the state requirement of 1 percent each year for the next 10 years or 10 percent.

SMUD added the goal to reduce the energy used during the peak demand of hot summer afternoons, because of the significant impacts to the environment and rates. By reducing peak demand, SMUD avoids expensive power purchases and reduces overall generation, which can have high environmental costs.

The higher level of efficiency would reduce peak generation requirements by 570 megawatts by year 2017, which is greater than the capacity of SMUD's new Consumes Power Plant. In addition, greenhouse gas emissions would be reduced by nearly a million metric tons.

To achieve the 1.5 percent annual energy-saving target, SMUD will accelerate energy efficiency programs for customers over the next two years, including redesigning and adding some new programs. To meet the new goals, SMUD will also significantly revamp how it reaches its customers and the community to get a higher level of participation in energy efficiency programs.

For its commercial customers, SMUD sees many opportunities to expand cost-effective energy and money-saving programs for high efficiency air conditioners, building construction,refrigeration and consumption-control measures.

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SMUD: http://www.smud.org/news/news.html
916-732-5111



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