SF’s public power plan hums along

San Francisco is moving toward implementing CleanPowerSF.

The City’s public power program is on track for a summer launch after a $19.5 million contract was approved Tuesday by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The CleanPowerSF contract with Shell Energy North America now goes to the Board of Supervisors for hearings and analysis, which are expected to begin in January.

“Today, San Francisco moved another step closer towards implementing CleanPowerSF, which will be one of the nation’s cleanest energy programs,” said SFPUC General Manager Ed Harrington.

The program will offer consumers a choice between The City’s 100 percent renewable-energy portfolio and PG&E’s 16 percent.

“It is good to give ratepayers choice and to have more competition to PG&E,” said Supervisor David Campos, who planned to introduce the contract to the board following the agency’s vote.

CleanPowerSF will cost an average of $7 to $15 a month more than PG&E for most residential customers.

The startup costs include a $15 million escrow account for a payout to Shell if the program is terminated before the contract expires in 4½ years.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

Bay Area NewsGovernment & PoliticsLocalPolitics

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

Planning Commission greenlights 1,100 unit Balboa Reservoir project

Development near CCSF expected to include 50 percent below-market rate units

Breed announces timeline for when SF’s businesses can reopen after COVID-19 shutdown

Restaurant advocacy group wants The City to allow indoor dining sooner

Trump signs order targeting social media companies

By Chris Megerian Los Angeles Times President Donald Trump signed an executive… Continue reading

CCSF puts Fort Mason campus on the chopping block

Faced with severe budget cuts, community college preparing to end decades-long lease

Neighbors sue city over safe camping site planned for Stanyan Street

A group of Haight residents filed a lawsuit Tuesday asking a federal… Continue reading

Most Read