[env-trinity] Urgent: PG&E Attacks Yolo Annexation by SMUD
danielbacher at hotmail.com
Tue May 17 14:18:16 PDT 2005
HELP SMUD GROW AND MAKE IT STRONGER
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©s 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.
The analysis of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District©s 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©s 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©s 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©s 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©t 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©s 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
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)
For more information and to RSVP, contact:
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
For other information see http://www.publicpowernow.org/.
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