SF Officials to Vote on Public Power

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - San Francisco officials will decide whether to fund an energy plan that will give city residents the option of getting 100 percent of their power from renewable sources.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the Board of Supervisors on Tuesday will consider whether to approve $19.5 million for the contract with Shell Energy North America.

The program called CleanPowerSF would give residents the option of paying more to fuel their homes with renewable power like solar and wind.

The arrangement is possible because of a 2002 state law that allows so-called "community choice aggregation," which permits local governments to buy power from the wholesale market and set rates for residents.

CleanPowerSF would automatically enroll about half of the city's 375,000 residential power customers, who can choose to opt out.

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