Vote No on G and Yes on H!
PG&E allies try to define renewable energy to rid electricity sector of competition
San Francisco’s mandate to create a clean energy option for residents and businesses has been on the books since 2004 and reaffirmed by a majority of the Board of Supervisors more than a handful of times. Despite that, the deployment of such a program, now known as CleanPowerSF, has been continually challenged and delayed by public officials heavily influenced by the region’s investor-owned utility, PG&E.
The current fight at the ballot box — this time in the form of two ballot measures vying to define what kinds of renewables CleanPowerSF can provide to customers — is just the latest in a long war waged by PG&E to maintain its dirty energy monopoly.
The Sierra Club urges a No vote on Prop. G and a Yes vote on Prop. H; it’s important to cast a vote on both ballot measures, because if H passes with more votes than G, only H goes into effect.
No on G, the Dirty Energy Scam
Prop. G is a thinly veiled attempt to unravel the good work that San Francisco has done to shape the CleanPowerSF program — a program designed to put control of the City’s energy future in the hands of the people of San Francisco. Prop. G would block CleanPowerSF from including rooftop solar in the renewable energy package offered to its customers. Rooftop solar and energy efficiency upgrades are essential components of a local clean energy program, and both are areas with great promise for local jobs creation. Prop. G would put CleanPowerSF at a competitive disadvantage to PG&E while enabling PG&E to deceive energy customers by claiming its own nuclear and fossil fuel power is just as clean and green as CleanPowerSF’s far more renewable energy mix.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission has said that Prop. G would drive up costs for ratepayers without any environmental benefit. Even the original proponent of Prop. G, IBEW Local 1245, now opposes this measure and has called for a Yes on Prop. H vote instead. Prop. G is not about defining renewable energy; it’s about maintaining PG&E’s monopoly. Save the clean energy option and solar power in San Francisco. Vote no on Prop. G.
Yes on H, the Clean Energy Right to Know Act
Prop. H is a widely supported compromise measure that will ensure that both CleanPowerSF and PG&E follow the same clean-energy reporting rules required by existing state law. Prop. H will help us move more quickly to a clean-energy economy by creating greater demand for in-state and local renewable energy projects and allowing rooftop solar within San Francisco to be counted by CleanPowerSF as “clean” or “green” energy. As a countermeasure to Prop. G, Prop. H is a vital tool at the ballot that would protect the right of San Franciscans to choose clean energy to power their homes and businesses. Vote Yes on H to protect your choice for a clean energy future.