Five firms bid to compete vs. PG&E

Five organizations are competing with each other to bust up Pacific Gas & Electric Corp.’s monopoly on power sales to businesses and residents in San Francisco.

Bidding ended Tuesday for a Community Choice Aggregation program that is planned to be administered by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. It will be called CleanPowerSF.

California’s Community Choice Aggregation laws allow municipalities to woo power providers to compete with existing utility companies using the utility companies’ own infrastructure.

The SFPUC received five bids from organizations interested in taking advantage of CCA laws in San Francisco, according to Charles Sheehan, an SFPUC official overseeing the program.

The number of organizations interested in running the program increased from two to five after city leaders relaxed conditions of participation.

Originally, bidders were going to be required to meet certain renewable energy thresholds and prove they could undercut PG&E’s prices. Instead, bidders will be assessed based on their ability to meet those goals.

Officials will review and score each of the bids over the coming weeks before announcing a winner. The SFPUC will then enter into negotiations with the winning bidder, Sheehan said.

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