(adopted 1987, updated 1989)
- The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports prudent resource planning including:
- strong conservation programs including fiscal and other incentives;
- alternative power sources that are fiscally and environmentally sound;
- expanded load management programs;
- small scale incremental additions to power production capacity as needed;
- renewable energy sources whenever possible.
- The League of Women Voters of Sacramento County supports financial decisions which minimize uncertainties and reduce the risk to the ratepayers including:
- the execution of power purchase contracts when appropriate;
- the maintenance of the district in a state of financial health.
- 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:
- the adoption of an inverted rate structure;
- the elimination of a fixed customer charge for residential customers;
- the recovery of all costs of energy production and/or purchase.
- 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:
- opposes any divestiture of SMUD assets which could inhibit community control;
- supports informed citizen participation during contract negotiations.
- 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.
- The League believes in the maximum protection of public health and safety and of the environment.
- We advocate that the Sacramento Municipal Utility District develop alternative power sources and incentives for conservation.
- SMUD should insure safe storage of low-level radioactive wastes on site until such time as a permanent disposal site becomes available.
- 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.
League to which this content belongs:Sacramento County