[env-trinity] Urgent: PG&E Attacks Yolo Annexation by SMUD

Daniel Bacher danielbacher at hotmail.com
Tue May 17 14:18:16 PDT 2005


Act Now!  The SMUD Board votes on annexation of Yolo County on Thursday, May 
19 at 9 am (SMUD Auditorium - 6201 S Street).  PG&E just placed a full-page 
ad in the Bee urging people to call the SMUD Board members in opposition. 
Supporters for growing SMUD need to speak up now to counter their campaign 
to keep Yolo and its profits within their monopoly.  Here is the contact 
information in PG&E©ˆs ad. Use it for the greater good.

SMUD Board of Directors (916) 732-6155, Voice mail (916) 732-5350

Director Linda Davis <caron> blowry at smud.org
Director Susan Patterson <caron> smudsusan at smud.org
Director Howard Posner <caron> hposner at aol.com
Director Genevieve Shiroma <caron> gshiroma4 at aol.com
Director Peter Keat <caron> keatdavis at aol.com
Director Larry Carr <caron> carrward6 at aol.com
Director Bill Slaton <caron> bslaton at smud.org

Please pass this on today. Thank you.  Every call will make a difference, 
especially from constituents.

Kevin Wolf


The analysis of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District©ˆs consultants and 
staff shows that annexing the area in Yolo County adjacent to Sacramento 
County which contains the cities of West Sacramento, Woodland and Davis 
would be good for present ratepayers in Sacramento and for PG&E©ˆs customers 
in the adjacent area of Yolo County. 

Annexing the adjacent part of Yolo County would be good for SMUD ratepayers 

1.  Economies of scale will improve. Administrative costs would be shared 
over 85,000 more customers.  Purchases of resources will be cheaper with a 
larger customer base. While the electric load increases by 13 percent, the 
work force would increase only by about 6 percent.

2.  These Yolo County cities have a better ©¯load factor©˜ than Sacramento.  
This means that more of the power SMUD produces at off times will be 
purchased by their new customers at a better price.  

3.  Yolo County customers will expand SMUD©ˆs renewable energy program.  
PG&E provides little help to its customers to use renewables.  For example, 
the wind resources SMUD owns in Solano County will be better utilized.   
More photovoltaic purchases will lower everyone©ˆs costs.

4.  All costs of annexation--such as the costs of buying PG&E's system and 
the legal costs associated with eminent domain -- will be paid exclusively 
by Yolo County customers through a surcharge on their rates.

5. Due to municipal ownership, the savings would increase over time as net 
income from new customers is reinvested in SMUD equipment and facilities 
instead of being paid out to shareholders

Existing and new SMUD customers could share $180 million in savings over the 
next 20 years.

PG&E doesn©ˆt like losing Yolo customers to SMUD for the same reasons these 
customers will benefit SMUD.  Elected officials in Yolo County have 
unanimously voted to support SMUD annexation because its residents are 
expected to save 8% and get better services and greener energy by joining 
one of the best utility districts in the nation

PG&E has already begun an expensive effort to convince the public and 
elected officials to oppose the proposal.  The monopoly corporation is not 
making much progress in Yolo County as the three cities and the Yolo Board 
of Supervisors all voted unanimously to join SMUD. Therefore PG&E has begun 
an expensive campaign to convince existing SMUD customers to oppose the 
annexation. The best way to protect ourselves from PG&E©ˆs coming campaign 
is to help get a unanimous vote of support by the SMUD board of director 
when they vote on May 19.  You can help by sending them a post card, calling 
or meeting with them, or best, attending an upcoming hearing on the proposal 
and speaking in favor of it. For more details on these, see the other side 
of this flyer.   Thank you for helping SMUD grow economically and 
environmentally stronger.

An important document supporting this information is the SMUD Staff 
Assessment and Recommendations, Yolo Annexation Feasibility Study (April 6, 
2005, 18 pp).  For a copy, go to www.smud.org or call 916-732-6252

SMUD Customers for the Power to do More (SCPM)

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Judy Ashley, 916-444-9806 jotrip2 at aol.com
John Burton, 916-920-2356 johnwb at netzero.net

Send contributions to: SCPM, 820 Alhambra Blvd, Sacramento, CA  95816

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