2018 Resource Efficiency & Community Service Award Winners

CMUA | Thursday, April 19th, 2018

CMUA would like to congratulate this year’s winners of the 2018 Resource Efficiency & Community Service Awards.  Now in its 25th year, this awards program has produced more than 400 outstanding entries from across the state since its inception.

Competition was open to all CMUA members with three classification levels (large, medium and small agency/utility) and three categories of programs (energy, water and community service).  The panel of judges was comprised of energy and water industry leaders, including past award winners.

Arlen Orchard, CMUA Board President and CEO/General Manager, SMUD, presided over the evening’s festivities and awards presentation along with Barry Moline, Executive Director, CMUA.

Below is a list of this year’s winners along with photos of the utility representatives accepting the awards and their respective program posters highlighting the winning programs.





(Left to Right: Barry Moline, CMUA; Roopali Shah, SMUD, and Arlen Orchard, SMUD)

SMUD – Energy Assistance Program Rate Overhaul

In 2016 SMUD launched a substantial overhaul of its 30-year-old Energy Assistance Program Rate discount for low-income customers — about 20% of SMUD’s customer base. The discount disproportionally skewed toward the highest energy users instead of households with the lowest income. The rate was redesigned with tiered discounts based on income. It also included significant education and access to energy efficiency and solar programs as well.








(Left to Right: Barry Moline, CMUA, Gary Welling, City of Santa Clara, and Arlen Orchard, SMUD)

City of Santa Clara  Recycled Water Program – Retrofit for Developments

Santa Clara has been a leader in the field of recycled water for decades. Currently, 17% of the city’s overall water use is recycled water, and no other water provider in the area uses recycled water to that extent. Santa Clara is now actively partnering with developers and the local business community to expand recycled water even more. Eleven new recycled water accounts were brought online in 2017, including local data centers and the 35-acre campus of a major computer hardware developer. More than 20 other projects currently are in development.






(Left to Right: Barry Moline, CMUA, Louis Ting, LADWP, Winifred Yancy, LADWP, Priscila Kasha, LADWP, David Jacot, LADWP, and Arlen Orchard, SMUD)

Los Angeles Department of Water & Power – Enhanced Energy Savings for Low-Income Multi-Family Residents and Owners

LADWP and SoCalGas launched the joint Enhanced Energy Savings Assistance Program to offer no-cost installation of energy saving measures for income -qualified residential customers. To better serve this community, the program expanded to include energy-saving light bulbs, smart power strips, LED night lights and more. The advanced program allows both residents and property owners to benefit from lower utility usage and potentially lower bills. The program’s goal is to address up to 10,000 multi-family units per year in the coming years.








(Left to Right: Barry Moline, CMUA, Michelle Bertolino, Roseville Electric, Chris Romero, Roseville Environmental Utilities, and Arlen Orchard, SMUD)

City of Roseville Environmental Utilities – Sustain the Gains Landscape Makeover Contest

To fight the public’s “drought fatigue,” in 2017 Roseville Environmental Utilities launched a landscape makeover sweepstakes called Sustain the Gains, to remind customers of available water efficiency rebates such as “Cash for Grass.” Thanks to a highly targeted radio and online advertising campaign, the contest received more than 3,800 entries as Roseville homeowners vied for the grand prize — a water-efficient landscape makeover worth as much as $12,000. The campaign raised awareness and reaffirmed the importance of conservation — in wet and dry years.





CMUA would also like to thank Thompson Coburn for their generous support of the awards dinner wine service.  Their ongoing support of CMUA through its membership in our Associate Member program and individual event sponsorship helps CMUA in its continued efforts to bring educational and informational programs to its member agencies and utilities thereby accomplishing its mission to serve California’s publicly owned utilities..