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Sacramento utility SMUD eyes 2.9 GW of new renewables, to go 100% carbon-free

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January 23 (Renewables Now) - SMUD, a power utility in California’s Sacramento region, has proposed to add almost 2.9 GW of new renewable energy capacity in support of a 100% carbon-free electricity goal by 2040.

The electric services provider has presented an integrated resource plan that will be the backbone of its strategy to become carbon-free, focusing on local renewables. Already adopted by the California Energy Commission, it includes a range of measures and bets on a USD-7-billion (EUR 6.3bn) scheme for investment in e-mobility, energy efficiency, battery storage and demand response solutions.

More specifically, the ambitious plan includes the addition of 670 MW of wind, 1,500 MW of utility-scale solar, 180 MW of geothermal and 560 MW of energy storage capacity. Of the total photovoltaic (PV) capacity, almost 300 MW is planned to go online in the next three years.

Separately, the utility intends to carry out “an aggressive” plan to expand demand-side resources with nearly 600 MW of rooftop solar capacity and 200 MW of customer-installed batteries. The equivalent of 900,000 local electric cars and 400,000 all-electric homes and nearly 200 MW of demand response programmes are also part of the strategy.

At present, more than 50% of SMUD’s power mix is carbon-free, on average, the utility said.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.902)

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