SF awarded by EPA for leadership in green-power generation

With Election Day just two weeks away, there is nothing Mayor Gavin Newsom wants more than another “green” accolade to wave at voters.

The mayor announced Wednesday that San Francisco was awarded the 2010 Green Power Leadership Award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for its in-city generation of green energy.

The EPA award recognizes the country’s leading green-power generators and purchasers for their commitment to clean energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

San Francisco is a leader in on-site green power generation, using more than 25 million kilowatt-hours annually from its biogas facilities and nine municipal solar installations. These solar installations are located on nine facilities and rooftops throughout The City, including The City’s largest reservoir and the San Francisco International Airport.

San Francisco is soon set to begin generating up to 5 megawatts of solar energy at the Sunset Reservoir Solar Array at what will be California’s newest and largest municipal solar project, with nearly 24,000 solar panels.

“San Francisco’s commitment to clean energy is producing green jobs and real benefits for our city today,” Newsom said. “The economic advantages of a green economy are very tangible and we can feel the effects of clean energy in the air we breath; with each solar panel, day-by-day, we’re fueling San Francisco’s transformation into a green economy powered by increasingly clean, renewable energy.”

Green power is electricity that is generated from clean, renewable resources like solar, wind, geothermal, biogas, biomass and low-impact hydro. These resources generate electricity without emitting carbon dioxide emissions. The alternative brown-power options, i.e., coal, natural gas and nuclear, are harmful to the environment and generate carbon pollution and or radioactive waste.

esherbert@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsNEPPoliticsUnder the Dome

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

The sidewalk on Egbert Avenue in the Bayview recently was cluttered with car parts, tires and other junk. <ins>(Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)</ins>
New surveillance effort aims to crack down on illegal dumping

’We want to make sure we catch people who are trashing our streets’

The recall election for California Gov. Gavin Newsom is scheduled for Sept. 14. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
SF could play a big role in overcoming Democrat apathy, driving voter turnout for Newsom

San Francisco voters are not used to swaying elections. Just think of… Continue reading

Health care workers treat a Covid-19 patient who needs to be intubated before being put on a ventilator at Providence St. Mary Medical Center during a surge of cases in Apple Valley, Dec. 17, 2020. Confronted with surging infections, California became the first state in the country to mandate coronavirus vaccines or testing for state employees and health-care workers. (Ariana Drehsler/The New York Times)
In California, a mix of support and resistance to new vaccine rules

By Shawn Hubler, Livia Albeck-Ripka and Soumya Karlamangla New York Times SACRAMENTO… Continue reading

Dave Hodges, pastor at Zide Door, the Church of Entheogenic Plants that include marijuana and psilocybin mushrooms, holds some psychedelic mushrooms inside the Oakland church on Friday, July 22, 2021. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Psychedelic spirituality: Inside a growing Bay Area religious movement

‘They are guiding us into something ineffable’

Most Read