Western Area Power Administration (WAPA)

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Are You Considering Locating Your Business at McClellan?
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Businesses at McClellan can get:

Grants for upgrading to energy efficient equipment and/or an electricity subsidy in combination with other SMUD incentive programs.

Find out if your business qualifies – contact916-874-5220.

SMUD Electrical Conveyance Benefit Policies

Under the National Defense Authorization (NDA) Act, McClellan Air Force Base (McClellan) was designated as a “Priority-One Base”, receiving the right to secure sixteen (16) megawatts of electricity. With the execution of the 2005 Western contract, the County now receives 1.06242% of Western’s Base Resource. With the official closure of McClellan, the County as the Local Redevelopment Authority, “preference entity”, elected to continue receiving the power.

On September 21, 2004, County and SMUD executed a contract for the conveyance of McClellan Electrical Distribution System. The County receives its allocation of Base Resource from Western over SMUD’s transmission system and also the McClellan Distribution System. This Agreement expires on December 31, 2024. The benefits of the Western Base Resource Allocation in a stable market can average upwards of three to five hundred thousand dollars ($300,000 to $500,000) annually, or more, for Economic Development investments and incentives at McClellan. As of December 31, 2004, the County at its sole discretion can decide how to spend the benefit/rebate from SMUD so long as the funds are spent on Economic Development purposes at McClellan.

Below is a listing of projects/areas that may be qualified to receive SMUD benefit:

  • Up to twenty five thousand dollars ($25,000) annually to reimburse Economic Development & Intergovernmental Affairs for costs associated with administration of the program
  • Consultant fees up to fifteen thousand dollars ($15,000) annually
  • Establishment of a seven hundred fifty thousand dollar ($750,000) funds reserve due to variability in the energy market
  • Subsidy to major power users at McClellan (at County’s discretion) 
  • Subsidy with a defined time period and rate to attract businesses to McClellan
  • Upgrading to energy efficient equipment at McClellan

County will actively seek out projects/businesses which qualify for the SMUD benefit. The Office of Economic Development (Department) will manage the fund and track projects/expenditures. Projects with costs up to two hundred fifty thousand dollars ($250,000) will be approved by the Department Director, with the remaining projects requiring Board approval. McClellan Park will submit proposals to the Department for approval and Department staff will respond with a letter specifying approval or denial within 30 business days. Common area maintenance/projects, or projects that do not have a direct beneficiary, will not be approved. Projects that show a direct energy efficient benefit will be considered for approval of funds. At no time will a project be approved if there are not sufficient funds, above and beyond the reserve amount, to cover the project. The Department will not maintain projects in a queue waiting for funding availability. 

For more information about the WAPA incentive program, please contact David Norris at 916-874-5049 or email at norrisd@saccounty.net