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2023 rate changes overview

SMUD’s 2021 Chief Executive Officer & General Manager’s Report and Recommendation on Rates and Services proposes changes to SMUD’s rates, including:

  • An increase in rates in 2022 and 2023

  • A new Solar and Storage Rate for customers that add onsite generation, such as rooftop solar

  • A new optional Critical Peak Pricing (CPP) rate for residential customers to help meet peak energy demand when it’s needed most

  • The delay of the commercial rate restructure implementation due to COVID-19, now planned for late 2021

  • Minor tariff language changes

SMUD Residential Rate Schedules

Effective as early as January 1, 2020 and no later than May 31, 2020, customers who apply to interconnect a new on-site generation system after March 31, 2019 will see a fixed monthly Grid Access Charge on their bill based on the size of the renewable generation system. The total monthly charge is calculated as follows:
Total monthly charge = Grid Access Charge x size of system (CEC AC kW for solar)
The proposal includes a 20-year grandfathering policy for customers who installed an eligible renewable generation facility or moved into a premises with one prior to 2018. Staff has also proposed a 10-year grandfathering policy for customers who installed an eligible renewable generation facility or moved into a premises with one in 2018 to March 31, 2019. Details of the grandfathering policies can be found in our formal rate proposal.

Thank you for the opportunity to address your question about our net energy metering rates. SMUD’s formal rate proposal was published Thursday March 21, 2019, and the Board of Directors will vote on this proposal June 24, 2019.  
Past state legislation mandated that utilities provide specific mechanisms such as full retail credit to help build the solar industry. For SMUD, there was a requirement for the mechanisms to remain in place until the amount of PV generation in our service territory reached 150 MW. SMUD met and exceeded this cap in 2017 and legislation allows for a successor NEM tariff now that the PV industry has matured.
We are recommending a restructure of our NEM tariff as part of SMUD’s 2019 Rate Action, including a monthly per kW Grid Access Charge for new NEM customers after March 31, 2019. We will continue to pay NEM customers full retail rates for any energy they sell back to SMUD. The per kW Grid Access Charge by rate class and service voltage is as follows:


Click HERE for 2019 Time of Day Rates with EV discount


Proposed Rate Structure for EV owners requires moving to Time of Day program (T.O.D.). Rates have increased, but owners of PEVs will receive a $0.015/kWh reduction in rates from midnight to 6:00am every day of the year. You may charge your PEV outside of this time period, but there will no longer be a dedicated meter for PEV charging only, so the rate discount will apply for any and all home activities during this 6 hour period, every day of the year. Weekends will be the same low morning rate for all 48 hours, the best times to use electricity intensive equipment.

By 2018, this Rate Structure "WILL" become the default rate for all users, including those without electric drive vehicles (they will simply not receive a discount from midnight to 6am).

IF YOU HAVE A SEPARATE METER FROM SMUD FOR CHARGING YOUR EV, SWITCH TO THE NEW T.O.D. RATE BEFORE DECEMBER 31, 2017! The new rate structure will not be as advantageous for EV or Solar ownwers. Note: these proposed Rates may change.

2017 Time-of-Day with PEV Rates & Charging Rate Plan

Get $$ from SMUD and PG&E for


a Plug-in EV


Both SMUD and PG&E are now offering rebates for electricity use to charge purchased plug-in electric vehicles. To find out more, follow the links below:




Click above to locate information on all rebates for plug-in electric vehicles, offered by SMUD



$500 Clean Fuel Rebate for new or used qualified plug-in electric vehicles


Roseville Electric

$300 Rebate for new qualified plug-in electric vehicles

$500 Level 2 EV Charger (EVSE)

EV Rates from PG&E

PG&E has special rates for PEV owners, designated as EV-A and EV-B. "A" is full home Time-of-Use, while "B" requires the installation of a second meter (additional cost), used ONLY for PEV charging. These rates reduce electricity costs in return for delaying vehicle charging until late at night through early in the morning. Lowest rates occur between the following clock intervals:

Weekdays:                  12am - 7am (EV-B) or 3pm (EV2-A)

Weekends/Holidays:   EV-B only include Peak (3pm - 7pm), rest if off-Peak

Note: (EV-2) Weekdays have a secondary rate between 3pm - 4pm AND 9pm - 12pm.

(EV2-A) Weekdays have a secondary rate between 7am - 2pm AND 9pm - 12pm.

The highest rate occurs between 2pm - 9pm (EV-B) or 4pm - 9pm (EV2-A).


Rate Options for PEV owners!                                     PEV Charging Options

Residential EV Program from Roseville Electric

It's a great time to drive an EV. 

Savings, convenience, and a positive impact on the environment, all good reasons to charge ahead with the purchase of an electric vehicle (EV).

EVs are a critical step toward reducing pollution and, when you factor in fuel and maintenance savings, they can actually be cheaper than gas powered cars. Since Roseville Electric Utility's electricity is cheaper than gas, charging your car is like paying less than a dollar for a gallon of gas. 

Introducing a new way to save $1,500 on an electric vehicle 

Along with other utilities throughout the state, we are partnering with the California Air Resources Board to offer the California Clean Fuel Reward. This new program provides a point-of-sale incentive on qualifying vehicles. To find a qualified dealer near you, visit

Rebates for purchase of used EVs and electric vehicle level II chargers

Residential EV Rates and Programs 2021


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