Picker Applauds SMUD’s Conservation Attempt

By Published On: January 25, 2013

After he was sworn in at the first meeting this year of the Sacramento Municipal Utility District board of directors, Mike Picker addressed the importance of energy efficiency and renewables. “I’m excited to be part of an institution that years before people discussed it, embraced energy efficiency as a way of providing the needs of the community, to be able to keep our homes warm and safe and well lit,” he said Jan. 10. He also praised the muni for having “the courage to begin to think of trees as a conservation power plant that provided shade cooling that reduced our air conditioning needs by 30 percent where you have west-facing windows.” Picker has lived in Sacramento for 37 years. His wife, Bettina Redway, ran the campaign to shut down the muni’s Rancho Seco nuclear plant in the 1980s. “I’ve been active in the community, I’ve watched SMUD, I’ve reacted to SMUD ,” he said. “It’s a big part of our lives.” Picker also remarked that the muni’s groundbreaking decisions were not made easily or without debate. “I expect that other decisions that we will make, other choices that the community makes, will come with a lot of hard work, a lot of thought, a lot of discussion,” he said. “There’ll be some disagreement, but eventually it will be for the betterment of all our lives and an example to other utilities around the state.”

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