City workers have personally pitched power sales planned under the upcoming CleanPowerSF program to nearly 100 groups.
The program aims to create a competitor to Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., which presently enjoys a monopoly in San Francisco. The program could begin within several months.
It’s unclear at this point how much the power would cost or how much of it will be drawn from renewable sources. Read More
The plan to set up a new power program in The City that aims to foster competition with PG&E garnered approval from the state, leaving a handful of hurdles before utility users could be switched to a new provider. Read More
PG&E must let a would-be San Francisco competitor use its transmission lines and other assets, but negotiations are stalled regarding the awkward arrangement.San Francisco is working to set up a community choice aggregation program, which would have a startup power provider brought in to compete against PG&E. Read More
The failure to negotiate energy rates that are competitive with existing PG&E prices is putting a power program planned for The City in jeopardy.San Francisco has been working to establish community choice aggregation, which The City is calling CleanPowerSF. The program would automatically sign up San Francisco’s power customers to buy energy at competitive rates. Read More
Residents in Chinatown and Nob Hill might have missed their alarm clocks this morning because underground equipment failure caused a power outage in the area.
Pacific Gas and Electric Co. reported that 1,133 customers lost power around 6:45 a.m.
About 1,100 were restored an hour later and the rest would probably be restored by 12:30 p.m., PG&E spokesman Joe Molica said. Read More
The wire above the 21-Hayes bus snagged and hit a Pacific Gas and Electric Co. wire Thursday morning, knocking out power to about 3,000 customers in the Panhandle.
The incident happened around 8:45 a.m. and caused traffic jams while PG&E officials were fixing the wire.
Fire officials responded because residents nearby said there was a smell of smoke. However, nothing caught fire and no injuries were reported, according to fire officials. Read More
City officials are scrambling to help a new power provider establish itself in San Francisco before June, when California voters could make such an endeavor more challenging.Proposition 16, if it passes June 8, would change laws that were crafted after California’s energy crisis of 2000-01 in an effort to introduce more competition to local power grids. Read More
Separate power outages have turned the lights off this evening for thousands of PG&E customers in San Francisco, Daly City and Pacifica, a utility spokeswoman said.
At about 6:20 p.m., 2,797 customers lost power along the Peninsula, mostly in Daly City and Pacifica, PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers said.
A second outage was reported at 7:27 p.m. and is affecting 2,459 customers in the Pacific Heights, Nob Hill and Russian Hill neighborhoods of San Francisco. Read More
The Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday with an unanimous vote, allowing The City to move forward with its plan -- known as CleanPowerSF -- to bring in a power company to compete with Pacific Gas & Electric by offering cleaner power. Read More
Tapan Munroe, former chief economist for PG&E and researcher on the economies of the Silicon Valley and Bay Area, will give the keynote economic outlook speech at a San Francisco Convention and Visitors Bureau event Tuesday. The fifth annual Northern California Visitor Industry Outlook Conference will focus on current trends affecting travel and tourism, and the area’s economic future. Read More