San Francisco will try again to create a power alternative to PG&E — this time with Mayor Ed Lee's support.
The City is allowed under state law to use PG&E's infrastructure to deliver electricity — including power derived from solar, wind or other renewable sources — to city residents, but has for over a decade struggled with exactly how to do so.
Last year, a plan to offer city electricity customers state-certified renewable energy purchased from Shell Energy North America through a program called CleanPowerSF died thanks in large part to opposition from the mayor.
But now the mayor wants the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to present a new plan for a PG&E alternative that would create locally owned power sources, jobs — mostly construction jobs for whatever infrastructure needs to be built — and be cost-competitive with PG&E, officials said Monday.
Lee “wants to see it is a viable program that can move forward with a local build-out without entering into a contract with an oil company,” said Christine Falvey, the mayor's spokeswoman.
The new plan for a CleanPowerSF program is due by December, Falvey said.
Board of Supervisors President London Breed, a longtime CleanPowerSF supporter, told The San Francisco Examiner on Monday that Lee is “on board.”
Earlier proposals for CleanPowerSF struggled to provide green power and compete with PG&E's electricity rates.
PG&E, which currently derives most of its energy from natural gas, is also working on a renewable-energy product.
It's not yet certain what competition PG&E will present with its green-tariff program.