The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission was reprimanded Tuesday by the Board of Supervisors for failing to adopt power rates to launch The City's renewable energy program.
“The CleanPowerSF program is the single most important environmental initiative in San Francisco,” Supervisor London Breed said. “We have the opportunity here to provide 100 percent renewable Californian and union-made electricity.”
Breed's resolution reaffirming the board's support of the program and calling on the SFPUC to set rates without further delay was approved in a 9-2 vote Tuesday. Supervisors Mark Farrell and Katy Tang opposed it.
Supervisor Scott Wiener said he was “frustrated” and expressed some disbelief in the vote, after “thousands and thousands” of hours of the agency staff's time had been spent in the past decade working on the program.
Breed also said that “even if you think that PG&E should be our only option,” the board's power to set policy was at stake. “I don't think that unelected commissioners should have the authority to rule elected body members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors,” Breed said.
The CleanPowerSF program was opposed by Mayor Ed Lee and a campaign against its approval was led by the labor union representing PG&E utility workers.
In August, the commission voted against setting a maximum rate of 11.5 cents per kilowatt hour, which is slightly higher than PG&E's approximate 9 cents per kilowatt hour. Members criticized the effort for the lack of a robust jobs plan and renewable energy projects, and a failure to have a green enough energy portfolio.