The Sacramento Municipal Utility District is calling the EPA's proposed regulations to reduce greenhouse gasses "a step in the right direction."

Proposing and adopting flexible greenhouse gas regulations aligns with SMUD's vision.

"We have, over the years, invested heavily in energy efficiently and renewable generation to reduce our carbon footprint," said SMUD General Manager Arlen Orchard.

Orchard says SMUD has already been able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions about 20% from 1990 levels, which translates to a power-portfolio that's about 50% carbon neutral.

While the plan being introduced by the EPA is in line with what SMUD is already doing, Orchard believes it's important that the new rules give states the flexibility to craft appropriate solutions for their specific utililities.