Deal reached to use PG&E infrastructure

With a key deadline less than a week away, PG&E agreed to allow a new San Francisco competitor to use its power lines and other local infrastructure.

Power Choice plans to use the equipment to sell electricity to residents and businesses under The City’s CleanPowerSF program.

The program is made possible by California’s community choice aggregation laws, which require PG&E to lease use of its power lines, billing systems and other assets to competitors.

The City is scrambling to finalize program details by Tuesday, when California voters could pass Proposition 16. If that happens, the PG&E-backed Taxpayer Right To Vote Act would require The City to secure two-thirds voter approval before founding CleanPowerSF.

San Francisco has achieved three out of four major CleanPowerSF milestones that officials hope to clear by Tuesday: An implementation plan was approved by California, a $100,000 bond was posted and The City signed the service agreement with PG&E.

The City’s final major step is to sign the deal with Power Choice, which is planned Tuesday. The contract will include the price of electricity and the proportion of power that will be renewable.

PG&E customers will automatically become Power Choice customers unless they opt out of CleanPowerSF.

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