Customers who are automatically enrolled in San Francisco’s ambitious green energy program will have to pay significantly more than was expected when supervisors approved the program less than three months ago.
The adjusted rates were released last week by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the agency charged with implementing CleanPowerSF, a program designed to offer 100 percent renewable energy to residential consumers at an additional cost. Read More
San Francisco has taken an important step toward building a sustainable future with its approval of CleanPowerSF. All that truly stands in the way now is making sure the rollout will allow people who do not want to participate to opt out. Read More
A health advisory was issued Tuesday because of flaring at the Shell refinery in Martinez, but it was canceled an hour later.
Randy Sawyer of Contra Costa Health Services said a vessel at the refinery became “overpressurized,” which activated a safety mechanism that releases pressure through flaring, which creates black smoke that contains sulfur dioxide and other combustible products.
The health advisory was issued at 1:31 p.m. and lifted about 2:45 p.m. Read More
San Francisco’s ambitious public power launch would take $19.5 million, according to a new report that pins down for the first time the program’s startup budget.
The City is negotiating with Shell Energy North America to run CleanPowerSF, a public power program to supply residents with a 100 percent green-energy alternative to PG&E. Read More
On a hot, smoggy day in which Bay Area commuters were urged to renounce their cars for more carbon-friendly transit options, some 240 motorists each guzzled up to 15 gallons of free fuel as part of a giveaway event at an Outer Mission district gas station.
Despite Wednesday being a regional Spare the Air Day, a Shell gas station at 3550 Mission St. distributed free gas from 7 to 9 a.m. Station Manager Hugo Cerna said the giveaway was scheduled “quite some time ago.” Read More
Grass somehow manages to grow up through small cracks in the sidewalk. Similarly, the American private sector somehow seems to be exerting itself despite the vast expansion of government by the Obama administration and congressional Democrats. Read More