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
At Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, the subject of the day was a proposed renewable energy plan, CleanPowerSF. No member of the board objected to the notion that the plan would give San Franciscans the option of using 100 percent renewable energy instead of just contracting with PG&E. Read More
Culminating an eight-year effort, on Tuesday San Francisco became just the second California municipality to approve a city-run program to allow energy ratepayers to purchase green power. Read More
We know there are at least 36 miles of old cast-iron pipeline under the streets of San Francisco being used to transport natural gas to customers. We know these pipelines are unsafe and need to be repaired. We know that in February 2011, an old cast-iron pipeline ruptured and exploded in Allentown, Pa. And we know from the September 2010 San Bruno blast the deadly damage a large explosion and fire can cause in a community. Read More
Evoking the firestorm that devoured San Francisco after the 1906 earthquake, a state regulator suggested Thursday that replacement of old cast-iron natural gas lines is being halted by city street-paving guidelines, leaving 43 miles of dangerously unsafe pipes underground. Read More
New life could be in store for the shuttered site of San Francisco’s last active power plant — not to say it will be burning natural gas again anytime soon. Read More
PG&E did not cut corners on pipeline welds to reduce costs, according to a report released Wednesday by the California Public Utilities Commission.
The report comes as the utility company has faced increased scrutiny of its practices in the wake of the 2010 fatal gas pipeline blast in San Bruno. Read More
The confidential court settlement for a teenage girl who was burned in the 2010 San Bruno PG&E pipeline explosion was mistakenly released earlier this month by San Mateo County Superior Court officials due to a “technology error.” Read More
A state lawmaker on Monday pressured the California Public Utilities Commission to reject a proposal by PG&E to increase rates for customers in order to pay for pipeline safety improvements. Read More
Aaron Peskin and the progressives no longer run the show at the San Francisco Democratic County Central Committee. Now it’s a moderate who works for PG&E.
Mary Jung, manager of local government partnerships for PG&E, was sworn in Wednesday as chairwoman of the 32-member committee. Peskin, a leader for city progressives, had retired from the post and did not seek re-election. Read More