San Francisco Supervisors pave way
for community choice renewable energy
Illustration courtesy re-energy.ca
By Tamara Barak
June 20, 2007
The San Francisco Board of Supervisors Tuesday passed an ordinance
paving the way to renewable municipal power in San Francisco.
The Community Choice aggregation program would form a public-private
partnership between the city and energy entrepreneurs to create
a renewable power supply for San Francisco.
According to the Sierra Club, the plan would create an innovative
kind of energy based upon clean technology like wind, solar, tidal
and geothermal. The energy supplier would be required to meet-or-beat
current utility prices and offer the service to all residents
and businesses. Those who do not want to use the green power may
opt out of the program.
The plan will finance solar and other technologies on public
buildings and rooftops of private and public buildings using the
revenue bond financing authority approved by voters in 2001.
The ordinance was passed 9-2, with Michela Alioto-Pier and Ed
Jew voting against the measure.
The measure was sponsored by supervisors Tom Ammiano, Ross Mirkarimi,
Chris Daly and Bevan Dufty.
Supervisors plan to consider various energy suppliers, and the
plan will then be reviewed by the Local Agency Formation Commission
and the Public Utilities Commission, Ammiano said.
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