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SMUD using DLR to (hopefully) identify more capacity for renewables on existing transmission

LineVision last week announced that its LiDAR-powered V3 monitoring system will be installed across power lines in the greater Sacramento region for the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). Dynamic Line Ratings (DLR) enabled by...

Concerned about the climate emergency, SMUD announces 2030 zero carbon plan

Last week, the SMUD Board of Directors approved what the utility is calling the most ambitious carbon reduction plan by any large utility in the nation. This comes after the Board adopted a Climate...
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Smart meters giving Missouri customers incentive to save energy during peaks

Evergy and Ameren Missouri are both rolling out optional time-of-use rates to customers as they install smart meters.  Missouri's two major electric utilities are introducing programs that give customers an incentive to save energy during...
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Paul Lau to be new SMUD CEO & general manager

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) announced that Paul Lau, who joined the utility in 1982, will succeed Arlen Orchard as the utility's chief executive officer and general manager. Lau currently serves as chief grid strategy and operations officer...

I-5 Clean Energy Corridor needs freight-level EV charging every 50 miles and $850M, utilities...

An ambitious build-out of electric charging infrastructure for freight carriers along the West Coast I-5 corridor will need a major buy-in from utilities, customers, transportation firms, state regulators and private partners. And it should begin with a major...

CEC says SMUD’s SolarShares program satisfies California requirement of solar on all new homes

This week, SMUD lauded the California Energy Commission's (CEC) approval of its Neighborhood SolarShares program for the 2019 Building Standards, which requires all new low-rise residential homes under three stories high to be built with solar starting...

Electrify America, SMUD team up on electric vehicles, energy demand

Electrify America is investing $1.3 million in the Energy StorageShares program developed by the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD). The investment will help Electrify America reduce its overall energy-related costs and lower the company's impact on Sacramento's electrical grid.

Five 2020 trends show how utilities can take a leadership role in the clean...

For many electric power companies, leading the economy-wide transition to lower carbon, cleaner energy sources starts close to home. As capital markets and other stakeholders organize around climate change issues, many power companies are raising the bar...

DISTRIBUTECH’s dynamic Initiate! 2019 start-ups: Where are they now?

In an effort to promote innovation in the utility industry and showcase some of the new companies that are developing innovative energy delivery solutions, in 2019 DISTRIBUTECH International launched Initiate! Initiate! is DISTRIBUTECH International's test bed for start-ups,...

SMUD cancels 500-kV transmission line project

SMUD is canceling the proposed Colusa-Sutter Transmission Line Project (CoSu) effective immediately