For Immediate Release: June 24, 2010
Media Contact: Susanne Garfield - 916-654-4989
SMUD News Service: 916-732-5111


Municipal Utility Awarded Nearly $20 million in Recovery Act Funds
Residential program will provide energy efficiency upgrades for homeowners

SACRAMENTO - The California Energy Commission approved more than $19.9 million to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) for energy upgrades to the region's residential customers. Funding for this program comes from the federal America Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The Home Performance Program, managed by SMUD, is intending to make available Home Energy Rating System audits and/ or energy upgrades to 15,150 homes in the Sacramento region including the cities of Sacramento, Rancho Cordova, Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom and Galt. The aggressive residential retrofit program is expected to provide more than 1,100 jobs, save 22,000 megawatt hours (enough to power about 2,500 homes for a year) and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 16,756 tons each year. Home Performance Program is also leveraging the $19.9 million in federal stimulus funds with an expected $69 million in public and private funds including utility incentives.

"The Home Performance Program will stimulate demand for local contractors providing energy audits and upgrades for single and multi-family homes," said Energy Commission Chairman Karen Douglas. "These energy efficient retrofits will offer significant and permanent energy savings for Sacramento households that will put more money in homeowners' pockets and have long-term economic benefits for the region."

The Home Performance Program was one of a dozen programs selected from more than 100 proposals in a competitive solicitation under the State Energy Program (SEP) Energy Efficiency Program. SMUD is partnering with 14 public and private organizations and jurisdictions to offer home audits, home retrofit opportunities and job training in the Sacramento region. SMUD anticipates energy efficiency upgrades will start this summer.

SMUD will also work closely with the Sacramento Employment and Training agency and the Los Rios Community College District to develop a comprehensive program to train contractors in auditing and building performance science.

California was awarded $226 million under the SEP ARRA funds to implement public and private sector programs. The SEP Energy Efficiency Program has awarded a total $110 million for energy projects focused on residential and commercial building energy for energy efficiency measures and financing. Local jurisdictions, non-profits and private organizations created partnerships, submitted proposals under a competitive solicitation process in one of three areas: the California Comprehensive Residential Building Retrofit Program, the Municipal and Commercial Building Targeted Measure Retrofit Program, and the Municipal Financing Program ("AB 811-type programs").

Home Performance Partners
A partnership comprised of Los Rio Community College District, Build It Green, California Building Performance Contractors Association, Cities of Citrus Heights, Elk Grove, Folsom, Galt, Rancho Cordova, Sacramento, Community Resource Project, ConSol, County of Sacramento, Sacramento Employment and Training Agency; and the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency.

SEP 110 Energy Efficiency Program Background
The $100 million SEP Energy Efficiency Program awarded funds in these areas: The SEP Residential Building Retrofit Program ($50,212,451) allows a range of home and multifamily residential retrofits from simple improvements using straightforward checklists and trained contractors installing insulation or duct sealing to more complex whole house retrofits employing specially-trained home energy raters and building performance contractors who are trained to accomplish deeper, comprehensive retrofits.

The Municipal Financing Program ($30,499,899) is aimed at assisting cities, counties and groups of cities and counties in developing or to continue implementing their own financing programs (often referred to as PACE or AB 811 style programs). This program allows building owners to finance permanent energy efficiency and on-site renewable energy improvements through an assessment paid with their property tax.

The Commercial Building Retrofit Program ($29,610,637) focuses on installations of specific, highly efficient technologies such as lighting for parking structures, lots or walkways, ventilation and heating and air conditioning.

For more information on the SEP Energy efficiency Program or other ARRA programs visit

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