September 15, 2014

CleanPowerSF coming to vote

The San Francisco Board of Supervisors will soon vote on a new implementation plan and contract for CleanPowerSF (see November-December Yodeler, page 5).

CleanPowerSF, due to start later this year, is San Francisco’s program of “Community Choice Aggregation” (CCA), which gives cities and counties the ability to purchase and develop renewable electricity. CleanPowerSF will offer San Francisco residents a choice: whether to stay with PG&E, which generates most of its electricity from dirty fossil fuels and nuclear power, or to opt for a green alternative with greatly reduced greenhouse-gas emissions.

The planning process for CleanPowerSF has been long and involved. Recently the city’s Public Utility Commission has introduced the framework of the program that will provide 100% renewable energy, at a projected cost for most customers just $6.70 more per month than PG&E’s. The Commission has also contracted for Local Power Inc., to perform a study of options for building local renewable generation (e.g. rooftop solar panels and wind turbines) and increasing energy efficiency. Such options can create local green-collar jobs.

(To our north, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors is also actively advancing towards implementation of a Community Choice program. See the front-page article in Redwood Needles, the newsletter of the Sierra Club Redwood Chapter, February-March 2012.)

PG&E will likely do everything in its power to stop Community Choice, as it tried in 2010 with Prop 16, and in Marin with that county’s CCA effort. We need to let the San Francisco Supervisors know that the local community supports this program.

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Contact the San Francisco Board of Supervisors at:

City Hall
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102
board.of.supervisors@sfgov.org

and Mayor Ed Lee at same mailing address as above or mayoredwinlee@sfgov.org.

Urge them to support the CleanPowerSF Community Choice program.

We’re not yet sure when the Board will be deciding. We’ll update this article when we know.

Jeramiah Dean, conservation organizer, Sierra Club Bay Chapter

Comments

  1. YES. Community Choice (Aggregation) is a great concept.
    YES. Clean, locally generated energy is a very good thing.
    YES. We need to get beyond corporate control, and implement democratic energy solutions.
    And, NO. Shell Energy North America is not who we want to be purchasing our energy from — at least, if that’s the ultimate goal.
    YES. The Sierra Club, if it wants to maintain any level of credibility with real environmentalists, would do well to be more forthcoming about Shell’s involvement in CleanPowerSF (assuming SF Board of Supervisors votes for it, which it likely will). I haven’t seen that mentioned yet in the Club’s PR.

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