WAPA congratulates SMUD for efficiency award

SMUD has two charging stations that can recharge most fast-charging electric vehicles in 30 minutes.
SMUD has two charging stations that can recharge most fast-charging electric vehicles in 30 minutes. (Photo by Sacramento Municipal Utility District)

Sacramento Municipal Utility District You are leaving WAPA.gov. (SMUD) is among the agencies and individuals to be honored by the Alliance to Save Energy You are leaving WAPA.gov. at its Evening with the Stars of Energy Efficiency awards dinner on Sept. 22 in Washington, D.C.

The annual awards celebrate individuals, companies, organizations, government programs and educational institutions that have made notable contributions to advance energy efficiency in their respective fields. SMUD is receiving the transportation award for 25 years of leadership and large-scale deployment of electric drive vehicles.

Whether a customer owns an electric vehicle or is thinking about buying one, the municipal utility offers information and resources to help make the decision easier. On SMUD’s website, customers can learn about charging options and links for finding public charging stations. You are leaving WAPA.gov.

SMUD introduced a special time-of-use rate in January 2016 that credits plug-in electric vehicle owners an additional 1.5¢ per kilowatt-hour (kWh) for charging their vehicles between midnight and 6 a.m. every day, all year long. During those hours, participating households pay only 7.17¢ per kWh for their electricity. As part of the efforts to promote electric vehicles in its territory, SMUD also began offering a $300 rebate this year to customers who purchase or lease a plug-in electric vehicle.

“SMUD is honored to receive the Transportation award in recognition of our wide-ranging commitment to energy efficiency,” said Arlen Orchard, SMUD CEO and general manager. “We began supporting electric transportation solutions in the 1990s as a way to improve the Sacramento region’s air quality. From developing the first solar-powered charging station on the West Coast to launching an innovative rate program that rewards customers who charge their electric vehicles during off-peak hours, SMUD’s actions and leadership have helped drive the technology forward. We look forward to continuing these efforts as more of our customers turn to electric vehicles to save money and benefit the environment.”

As the utility industry continues to look for ways to adapt to changing technology and expectations, SMUD offers yet another example of programs and products that benefit the customer, community and power provider. WAPA is proud of our innovative customers and congratulates SMUD on its well-deserved recognition.

Source: Alliance to Save Energy, 6/27/16 

Give thanks for energy savings

Energy efficiency may be the last thing people are thinking about as they put the finishing touches on their Thanksgiving feasts. But the Alliance to Save Energy Redirecting to a non-government site has some tips for reducing energy use around this holiday that can save them a little extra cash to spend on Christmas shopping.

Tips for an energy-efficient Thanksgiving:

  • Use the correct size pan for your stove burner! This keeps extra heat from escaping and burning a hole in your wallet.
  • If you are hosting a large gathering this Thanksgiving use a cooler stocked with ice to hold drinks. You’ll free up space in your refrigerator and prevent cold air from escaping from frequent door openings. This will save you energy and money on your next electric bill.
  • The more freely the air moves in your oven the more efficiently it operates, so don’t cover your oven racks with foil. This saves you both roasting time and money.  
  • Every time you open the oven door while roasting your turkey you lose up to 25 degrees of heat – costing you time and money – use the light to check on the progress of your dinner!

Check out the Alliance’s Blog to Save Energy for more ideas for saving energy at Thanksgiving, or share your favorite tips with Breaking News. And don’t forget that our 2013 Holiday Lighting fact sheet makes a great December bill stuffer.

Happy Thanksgiving from Western’s Energy Services!