Sacramento Municipal Utility District Could Reach 2030 Carbon Neutrality With New Tech - Smart Energy Decisions

GHG Emissions  -  May 27, 2021

Sacramento Municipal Utility District Could Reach 2030 Carbon Neutrality With New Tech

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will be able to reach its carbon neutrality goal by 2030 through a combination of carbon capture, energy storage, hydrogen, solar and wind according to a new analysis conducted on the district.

The city released the 2030 Zero Carbon Plan outlining to customers and stakeholders how SMUD will address its goal of eliminating 100% of its emissions. An assessment was conducted by Black & Veatch, which found zero-carbon technologies that include biomass and biogas; carbon sequestration and storage; geothermal energy; long-duration energy storage; onshore and offshore wind; renewable hydrogen and solar PV that will accelerate the energy transition for SMUD’s more than 1.5 million customers.

“Climate change is a critical issue threatening our world, but it’s more than that for us,” Valentino Tiangco, biomass program lead at SMUD, said in a statement. “Air quality in Sacramento is among the worst in the country. Our Plan will contribute to improving both air quality and greenhouse gas emissions. To support the analyses, we selected Black & Veatch to assess zero-carbon technologies that could provide the sustainability and resilience we need to achieve this aggressive and highly necessary goal.”

All the technologies studied in the report will be expected to be commercially available by 2030. The report also evaluated the cost-effectiveness and performance of each technology, as well as its technical and economic feasibility.

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