NEWS | February 13, 2017

UC Davis Medical Center to power portion of local facilities with 100 percent renewable energy


Through a combination of SMUD’s commercial Greenergy® program and the utility’s new Large Commercial SolarShares® program, 24 of the medical center’s 122 facilities will now be powered using 100 percent renewable energy from sources such as solar, wind and biomass.

The agreement reaffirms UC Davis’ commitment to the University of California’s Carbon Neutrality Initiative to become carbon neutral by 2025, and is one pillar in a number of sustainability measures adopted by UC Davis

“The new partnership agreement with SMUD moves us closer to reducing our dependence on non-renewable energy sources,” said Ann Madden Rice, chief executive officer of UC Davis Medical Center. “Reducing greenhouse gas emissions throughout the Sacramento campus reflects our commitment to the environment and a mission of creating a healthier community for all.”

The 24 facilities covered by the new partnership agreement use approximately 11.4 gigawatt-hours of electricity annually, which produces the equivalent of about 8,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, or about the same amount as 1,700 vehicles per year. By tapping into SMUD’s renewable resources for some of its power, UC Davis Health expects to see an approximate 11.5 percent overall carbon emission reduction.

With fixed electricity costs guaranteed as part of the long-term SolarShares component of the agreement, the medical center is also projected to save an estimated $1.1 million in energy bills over the next two decades.

We’re proud to provide convenient, cost-effective renewable energy solutions like Greenergy and SolarShares to our business customers,” said Nicole Howard, SMUD’s chief customer officer. “It’s very exciting to partner with UC Davis Medical Center and help them take a significant step toward meeting their environmental stewardship goals.”

SMUD’s Greenergy program, one of the largest programs of its kind in the nation, allows customers to purchase up to 100 percent of their electricity from renewable sources such as wind, solar and biomass.

The utility’s new Large Commercial SolarShares solar power program enables large organizations in the Sacramento region to purchase solar energy directly from SMUD.

In 2004, the University of California enacted a systemwide Sustainable Practices Policy, which positioned the university as a leader in environmentally sound practices. In 2007, all 10 UC chancellors signed the American College and Universities Presidents’ Climate Commitment.

About UC Davis Health
UC Davis Health is improving lives and transforming health care by providing excellent patient care, conducting groundbreaking research, fostering innovative, interprofessional education, and creating dynamic, productive partnerships with the community. For more information, visit

About SMUD
As the nation's sixth-largest community-owned electric service provider, SMUD has provided low-cost, reliable electricity for about 70 years to Sacramento County (and small adjoining portions of Placer and Yolo Counties). SMUD is a recognized industry leader and award winner for its innovative energy efficiency programs, renewable power technologies and for its sustainable solutions for a healthier environment. To learn more, visit SMUD's website