Sacramento County utility SMUD’s Integrated Resource Plan — which serves because the roadmap for the way it will scale back greenhouse fuel emissions — has been adopted by the California Energy Commission and lauded for decreasing greenhouse fuel emissions within the Sacramento area whereas sustaining reasonably priced charges and reliability.
“This innovative plan will serve as a roadmap as we transition to a clean energy future,” stated SMUD CEO and General Manager Arlen Orchard. “We are committed to reaching our goal of net zero carbon electricity by 2040. These goals are ambitious but are necessary to provide the Sacramento region with clean energy, improved air quality, and continued affordable rates that benefit our entire community.”
SMUD’s IRP was adopted by its Board of Directors in October 2018. The plan meets or exceeds state carbon discount objectives by committing to attaining web zero greenhouse fuel emissions by 2040. Guided by the IRP, SMUD will totally offset its carbon emissions by 2040, equal to web zero carbon emissions, 5 years forward of the state mandate.
The plan depends on a mix of measures and requires important funding in electrification of vehicles and buildings; decreasing energy consumption by energy effectivity and demand response; and, growing extra zero-emission era assets and energy storage. The plan maximizes native air high quality advantages with a precedence to cut back carbon emissions in deprived communities.
“Our plan will achieve significant decarbonization for SMUD and our region. Importantly, our $7 billion investment plan will prioritize local investments to drive inclusive economic development, create jobs, spawn innovation, and improve environmental conditions for all of the communities and neighborhoods we serve,” stated Orchard.
Currently, on common, greater than 50% of SMUD’s power combine is carbon free, and SMUD will proceed to pursue increasing its diversified renewable portfolio to satisfy or exceed state mandates for renewable energy and carbon reductions. With a deal with native renewables, the plan consists of the next objectives by 2040:
- Nearly 2,900 MW of new carbon-free assets together with:
- 670 MW of wind
- 1,500 MW of utility-scale solar, of which, practically 300 MW will be constructed within the subsequent 3 years
- 180 MW of geothermal
- 560 MW of utility-scale energy storage
- An aggressive technique to increase demand-side assets together with:
- Nearly 600 MW of put in rooftop solar
- The equal of 900,000 native electrical autos and 400,000 all-electric houses
- Nearly 200 MW of demand response packages
- Over 200 MW of customer-installed batteries
“We have a strong commitment to renewable energy and intend to continue to build our portfolio of renewable energy sources so we can meet our carbon reduction goals and expand building and transportation electrification. In order to meet those aggressive goals, we must utilize all available options in the most cost-effective manner to ensure our customers continue to enjoy affordable electric bills,” stated Orchard.
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