NATURAL RESOURCES—Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

NATURAL RESOURCES—Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD)

Position History: 

(adopted 1987, updated 1989)

  1. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports prudent resource planning including:
    1. strong conservation programs including fiscal and other incentives;
    2. alternative power sources that are fiscally and environmentally sound;
    3. expanded load management programs;
    4. small scale incremental additions to power production capacity as needed;
    5. renewable energy sources whenever possible.
  2. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports financial decisions which minimize uncertainties and reduce the risk to the ratepayers including:
    1. the execution of power purchase contracts when appropriate;
    2. the maintenance of the district in a state of financial health.
  3. The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County advocates an electrical rate structure which supports energy conservation, life-line rates, and a fair and equitable rate distribution among all customer classes including:
    1. the adoption of an inverted rate structure;
    2. the elimination of a fixed customer charge for residential customers;
    3. the recovery of all costs of energy production and/or purchase.
  4. Recognizing the actual accountability of the SMUD customer/owners, the League of Women Voters of Sacramento County maintains that the customer/owners have the right and the responsibility to participate in the conduct of SMUD affairs. The League:
    1. opposes any divestiture of SMUD assets which could inhibit community control;
    2. supports informed citizen participation during contract negotiations.
  5. The SMUD Board of Directors, as the representative of the ratepayers, is ultimately responsible for the safe, reliable, and economic operation of all power production facilities.
  6. The League believes in the maximum protection of public health and safety and of the environment.
    1. We advocate that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District develop alternative power sources and incentives for conservation.
    2. SMUD should insure safe storage of low-level radioactive wastes on site until such time as a permanent disposal site becomes available.
    3. SMUD should actively pursue solutions to public safety concerns by promoting the establishment of a federal disposal site for high-level radioactive wastes, and the establishment of adequate emergency evacuation procedures.
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Sacramento County