SFPUC Celebrates 100 Years of Clean Power with Free Sno-Cones

Community celebration will include a rainbow of “power-full” flavors made from 100 percent Hetch Hetchy Water

SAN FRANCISCO, CA,  The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is celebrating 100 years of clean power by handing out free sno-cones made from Hetch Hetchy water. Since 1918, the Hetch Hetchy Power System has been harnessing the natural force of gravity to create clean power as water flows downhill from the Hetch Hetchy Reservoir to the Bay Area. This hydropower provides greenhouse gas-free energy for San Francisco’s streetlights, MUNI, schools, City Hall, Zoo, the San Francisco International Airport and more.

 The public is invited to share in the 100th anniversary celebrations by visiting one of the sno-cone stations around the city. Celebrants can choose from a rainbow of “power-full” flavors, such as Hetch-Hetchy Hibiscus, Bio-Blueberry, Wind-Power Passionfruit or Renewable Raspberry.

 “San Francisco has always been a center of ingenuity,” said Harlan L. Kelly Jr, General Manager for the SFPUC. “This week, we are celebrating the last 100 years of innovation, while also looking ahead to the next century. Efforts to reduce our carbon footprint and combat climate change have never been more important. This celebration highlights our commitment and service to the community in the past, present and future.”

 In 2016, the SFPUC expanded its electricity programs by launching CleanPowerSF, which provides renewable energy from sources like wind and solar to residents and businesses. CleanPowerSF powers more than 100,000 San Francisco residents and businesses today, a total that is expected to rise to 360,000 by next year. With the help of CleanPowerSF, San Francisco is well on its way to meeting the City’s goals of reaching 50 percent renewable energy by 2020 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.

Sno-cones will be at the following dates and locations:

 Tuesday September 11

San Francisco Bay Area Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR)

12-2pm

 

The W Hotel

3-5pm

 

The Mosser Hotel

5:30pm-7:30pm

 

Wednesday September 12

City Hall

12:30-3:30pm

 

Thursday September 13

Crocker Galleria Farmers Market

11am-1pm

 

SPIN

4-6pm

 

California Academy of Sciences

6:45pm-8:45pm

 

Friday September 14

SF LGBT Center

11am-1pm

 

Exploratorium

2-4pm

 

Orchard Garden Hotel

5-7pm

 

For more information on the event and sno-cone locations, visit ourcityourpower.org.

 

About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission:

The SFPUC, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, has been providing San Franciscans with 100% greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric energy for the past 100 years from the Hetch Hetchy Power System. CleanPowerSF is run by the same clean energy experts. The SFPUC also delivers your great-tasting Hetch Hetchy Tap Water and operates the award-winning San Francisco Combined Sewer System.

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Mayor London Breed, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf Oppose State Proposal Derailing Clean Energy Programs and Raising Utility Rates for Customers Statewide

California Public Utilities Commission Proposed Fee Structure Turns Back Clock on State’s Climate Change Goals

San Francisco, CA—San Francisco Mayor London Breed, San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo and Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf today voiced their concerns about a proposal under consideration by the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) that could disrupt the state’s clean power programs and increase energy fees on customers.

On September 13, the CPUC is scheduled to vote on one of two proposals for the state’s Power Charge Indifference Adjustment (PCIA), an exit fee that energy customers pay when they switch to community-based clean power program providers—known as Community Choice Aggregators (CCAs)—in lieu of investor owned utilities (IOUs).

One proposal, put forth by CPUC Commissioner Carla Peterman would immediately increase exit fees charged by PG&E and other IOUs by as much as 25 percent, according to preliminary analysis based on the data CalCCA (the state’s CCA association) has, creating volatility and uncertainty in these fees, and threatening the future of our community choice clean energy programs. The other proposal, by the judge overseeing the proceeding, properly balances the elements that make up the exit fees creating a level playing field for CCAs. 

“At a time when President Trump is dismantling environmental regulations that address global climate change, California and our cities must continue to lead,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed. “CleanPowerSF is central to San Francisco’s efforts to reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and make our electricity 100% carbon-free by 2030. This proposal makes it more expensive for San Franciscans to choose clean energy over dirty fossil fuels.”

Run by local governments, CCAs are key to the state and region’s ambitious climate change goals, including a proposal passed by state lawmakers last week to move California to 100 percent renewable energy by 2045. There are 19 CCA programs throughout the state, operated by and accountable to individual cities and counties, each using innovative private-public partnerships to offer cleaner, cheaper energy options.

If adopted by the CPUC, Commissioner Peterman’s PCIA fee proposal would shift costs to CCA customers, hampering CCA programs’ effort to expand their programmatic offerings, such as battery storage and energy efficiency, and enroll more customers. Several CCA programs are in their early stages, and this exit fee proposal is expected to halt or slow those programs before their scheduled launch dates.

“This proposal would raise energy prices for all Oaklanders, but it would cost our most vulnerable customers the most,” said Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf. “Delivering clean energy at a low cost to all Oakland residents and businesses is an equity issue. I urge all Commissioners to make the right choice for fair and equitable energy regulations, and to allow us to meet our city’s ambitious climate goals while keeping our customers rooted in Oakland.”

"At a time when climate change has wrought natural disasters throughout our state, this utility-backed proposal threatens to deprive cities like San Jose of their most impactful tool for dramatically reducing GHG emissions: Community Choice Energy programs,” said San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo. “This manipulation of the PUC rule-making process by PG&E and other utilities will handcuff our residents from making sustainable choices, undermine local control of green energy production, and harm our planet. “

In addition to rolling back clean energy efforts by local communities, the PCIA fee increase would lead to rate hikes and price volatility for customers across California. The rate increase would be particularly burdensome for low-income customers, raising significant concerns about equity issues in marginalized communities. This proposal would also continue to incentivize resource mismanagement by investor-owned utilities, further increasing all customers’ rates.

San Francisco has announced plans to rely on 100 percent renewable energy sources by 2030 and to be carbon neutral by 2050. To date, the City’s CCA program, CleanPowerSF, has enrolled more than 108,000 customers, and reduced San Francisco’s greenhouse gas footprint by an estimated 82,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide, equivalent to removing more than 17,000 passenger cars from the road for a year, during only its first two years of operation. An additional 257,000 customers are anticipated to enroll in CleanPowerSF in 2019.

Last year, the San Jose City Council unanimously approved the creation of San Jose Clean Energy in response to overwhelming community support. East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) began serving its municipal and commercial customers throughout Alameda County and eleven of its cities earlier this year. EBCE was formed to accelerate voluntary local actions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide local community benefits including through support of the programs outlined in its innovative and stakeholder-driven Local Development Business plan.  EBCE will enroll its residential customers this November. 

Mayors Breed, Liccardo and Schaaf urge the CPUC to adopt the Administrative Law Judge’s proposed decision and not Commissioner Peterman’s alternate decision. The proposed decision would create a much more balanced and fair exit fee structure for customers and would maintain exit fees at reasonable levels while transitioning to a long-term solution intended to reduce costs for all customers, which will be designed during a second phase.

The CPUC vote is expected to take place on September 13, as San Francisco is hosting environmental leaders from across the world for the Global Climate Action Summit.

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CleanPowerSF Now Providing New Salesforce Tower with 100 Percent Renewable Electricity

Salesforce strengthens commitment to climate action in partnership with SF

San Francisco, CA — Salesforce Tower, the tallest office building west of the Mississippi, has joined CleanPowerSF, the City’s growing community choice energy program. CleanPowerSF signed the new Salesforce Tower earlier this summer, shortly after the iconic building officially opened its doors.

As a SuperGreen customer, the new Salesforce Tower, managed by Boston Properties, is sourcing 100 percent renewable electricity generated mainly from California-based wind and solar projects. The global technology leader previously chose CleanPowerSF’s 100 percent renewable energy program to power its two other San Francisco offices, Salesforce East and Salesforce West.

“Choosing CleanPowerSF means customers like Salesforce are also supporting the City’s investments in creating new, clean-energy infrastructure and jobs in the Bay Area and across California,” said San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr.We are thrilled Salesforce is committed to the City’s plan to build a more sustainable future for our community.”

In June, CleanPowerSF signed several multi-year deals to build new wind and solar projects in California that will create more than 600 new jobs and ensure a clean, safe, and reliable renewable power supply to CleanPowerSF over the next several decades.

“As a company founded in San Francisco, Salesforce is committed to integrating the community into everything we do, including working with local businesses, community leaders and the government to advance our sustainability efforts,” said Patrick Flynn, Vice President of Sustainability at Salesforce. “We are proud to work with CleanPowerSF, San Francisco's community choice aggregation program that empowers businesses and residents in the city to choose cleaner, greener electricity and we encourage others to join the energy program as well.”

 

“San Francisco and the state of California lead the world in clean energy and sustainability innovations,” said State Assemblymember David Chiu. “I’m thrilled to see Salesforce Tower, an iconic addition to the city’s skyline, choose 100 percent renewable energy with CleanPowerSF and invest in the community.”

 

This month, 25,000 commercial electricity customers in San Francisco started receiving service from CleanPowerSF. The SFPUC anticipates enrolling all eligible San Francisco customers in CleanPowerSF by July 2019. Any eligible customer who wants to sign up for CleanPowerSF service early or upgrade to SuperGreen, CleanPowerSF’s 100 percent renewable energy product, can do so at any time by going to www.cleanpowersf.org.

CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program that launched in 2016 with a mission to provide San Francisco electricity customers with the choice of having their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at a competitive price. CleanPowerSF offers two choices for cleaner energy: Green service (43 percent renewable energy) and SuperGreen (100 percent renewable energy). In partnership with PG&E, CleanPowerSF is now serving cleaner energy to more than 108,000 San Francisco customers.

The SFPUC has provided San Franciscans with 100 percent greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric energy for the past 100 years from the Hetch Hetchy Power System. CleanPowerSF is run by the same clean energy experts. The SFPUC also delivers Hetch Hetchy drinking and operates San Francisco’s combined sewer system.

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CleanPowerSF Delivers on Promise to Invest in Renewable Energy Projects with New Wind, Solar Developments

New projects expand CleanPowerSF power portfolio and ensure clean, safe and reliable energy for customers for years to come

San Francisco, CA – Delivering on a promise to invest in new renewable energy projects, CleanPowerSF has signed several multi-year deals to build new wind and solar projects that will create more than 600 new jobs and ensure a clean, safe and reliable renewable power supply to customers over the next several decades.

This month, the City’s community choice energy program signed two long-term agreements to purchase the renewable power created from a new 100-megawatt solar photovoltaic power plant to be built in Lancaster, California and a new 47-megawatt wind power plant in Mohave, California. Combined, the projects will generate enough renewable energy to power over 130,000 average San Franciscan households.

The new solar project, called San Pablo Raceway, is expected to begin delivering solar power to CleanPowerSF customers in summer 2019. The 22-year contract is being developed by sPower, the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the U.S. San Pablo Raceway will generate ten full-time operations-related positions and approximately 500 construction jobs (150,000-200,000 work hours) during the 7-8 month construction period.

The new wind project, which expands Terra-Gen, LLC’s Voyager Wind IV facility, located in Kern County, California, is expected to begin delivering wind power to CleanPowerSF customers in winter 2020. The project will create six full-time positions and at its peak, approximately 100 construction jobs during the six-month building phase.

Terra-Gen, LLC is a renewable energy company focused on developing, owning, and operating utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal generation. The company owns 1,051 megawatts of wind, geothermal and solar generating capacity throughout the western United States.

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), which provides operational oversight on rates and charges, contracts, and organizational policy, unanimously approved the agreement.

“Choosing CleanPowerSF means investing in clean energy projects that will bring cleaner, greener electricity to San Francisco. We are thrilled that the San Pablo Raceway and Voyager Wind IV Expansion projects will be built to serve the residents and businesses of San Francisco,” said Barbara Hale, SFPUC Assistant General Manager for Power.

“sPower is excited to partner with CleanPowerSF to provide clean renewable energy for San Francisco,” said Hans Isern, sPower’s SVP of Power Marketing. “We're proud that San Pablo Raceway will be a major contributor to the ambitious clean energy goals of CleanPowerSF and the State of California.”

“Terra-Gen's portfolio is one of the largest renewable businesses in the United States. We’re thrilled to be able to partner with CleanPowerSF on such a large scale and continue providing clean energy to San Francisco and the Golden State,” said Terra-Gen, LLC CEO James Pagano.

CleanPowerSF also recently signed a short-term agreement with Calpine Energy Services, LLC., America's largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources, for energy from the Geysers geothermal plant located in Sonoma County. The 5-year deal will supply CleanPowerSF with 5 megawatts of renewable energy this year, increasing to 20 megawatts in 2019 and 2020, and 25 megawatts in 2021 and 2022. Calpine has also made community benefit commitments to support climate education programming for youth as a part of the agreement.

CleanPowerSF Expanding Citywide by 2019

Earlier this week, the SFPUC announced that 25,000 commercial electricity customers in San Francisco would begin receiving service from CleanPowerSF this July. The SFPUC anticipates enrolling all eligible San Francisco customers in CleanPowerSF by July 2019. Any eligible customer who wants to sign up for CleanPowerSF service early or upgrade to SuperGreen, CleanPowerSF’s 100% renewable energy product, can do so at any time by going to www.cleanpowersf.org

CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program that launched in 2016 with a mission to provide San Francisco electricity customers with the choice of having their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at a competitive price. In partnership with PG&E, CleanPowerSF is now serving cleaner energy to more than 80,000 San Francisco customers (and counting). 

San Francisco’s Clean Energy Experts 

The SFPUC, a department of the City and County of San Francisco, has been providing San Franciscans with 100% greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric energy for the past 100 years from the Hetch Hetchy Power System. CleanPowerSF is run by the same clean energy experts. The SFPUC also delivers your great-tasting Hetch Hetchy Tap Water and operates the award-winning San Francisco Combined Sewer System.

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About sPower

sPower, an AES and AIMCo company, is the largest private owner of operating solar assets in the United States.  sPower owns and operates a portfolio of solar and wind assets greater than 1,300 megawatts (MW) and has a development pipeline of more than 10,000 MW. sPower is owned by a joint venture partnership between The AES Corporation (NYSE: AES), a worldwide energy company headquartered in Arlington, Virginia, and the Alberta Investment Management Corporation, one of Canada’s largest and most diversified institutional investment fund managers.  For more information, visit www.sPower.com.

About Terra-Gen, LLC

Terra-Gen, LLC is a renewable energy company focused on developing, owning, and operating utility-scale wind, solar and geothermal generation. Terra-Gen owns 1,051 MWs (net equity) of wind, geothermal and solar generating capacity in operation across 25 renewable power facilities throughout the Western United States with a focus on the California Marketplace. Terra-Gen's subsidiaries are responsible for the operation and maintenance of over 2,000 MWs of renewable projects.  The company primarily sells the output of the renewable energy projects to utilities and power cooperatives under long-term power purchase agreements. Terra-Gen's operating portfolio is one of the largest renewable businesses in the United States. Terra-Gen continues to expand operations in renewable generation through a combination of acquisitions of operating projects, development of new projects and partnering on mid and late stage development opportunities. Visit terra-gen.com for more information.

About Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC

About Calpine Energy Solutions, LLC., is a subsidiary of Calpine Corporation, a Fortune 500 company and America's largest generator of electricity from natural gas and geothermal resources. Calpine's clean, efficient, modern and flexible fleet uses advanced technologies to generate power in a low-carbon and environmentally responsible manner. Please visit www.calpine.com to learn more about why Calpine is a generation ahead - today.

Cleaner, Greener Electricity Coming to SF Businesses This Summer

On July 1st, 25,000 SF commercial electricity customers will join the City’s popular CleanPowerSF program

San Francisco, CA—Businesses in San Francisco will start receiving cleaner, greener electricity this summer as part of the next large-scale enrollment of the City’s popular community choice energy program called CleanPowerSF. On July 1, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will automatically enroll eligible commercial electricity customers citywide into the program, which provides customers with at least 43% renewable energy from sources like wind, solar and geothermal. That’s significantly more than the 33% renewable energy that PG&E is currently offering customers and it comes at a competitive price. CleanPowerSF customers can also choose to completely reduce their carbon footprint by upgrading to SuperGreen, CleanPowerSF’s 100% renewable energy product. Under the program, PG&E continues to maintain the power grid, respond to outages and send monthly bills. With CleanPowerSF, customers will simply get cleaner, greener electricity at competitive rates.


“We are giving you a choice to power your homes and businesses with cleaner electricity at a competitive price,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. “Every customer who chooses CleanPowerSF is making a real and immediate positive impact on our environment. CleanPowerSF helps families change their future, helps our businesses meet their sustainability goals and helps our City lower its overall carbon emission profile. As the City’s clean, local energy provider, we will continue to work hard every day to bring clean, safe and reliable energy to all San Francisco residents and businesses.”


Commercial customers who are selected for the upcoming enrollment will begin receiving notices via U.S. mail this month. The SFPUC anticipates enrolling all eligible San Francisco customers in CleanPowerSF by July 2019.
CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program that launched in 2016 with a mission to provide San Francisco electricity customers with the choice of having their electricity supplied from clean, renewable sources at a competitive price. In partnership with PG&E, CleanPowerSF is now serving cleaner energy to more than 80,000 San Francisco customers (and counting).

SF companies big and small are choosing CleanPowerSF to power their offices:

·         Salesforce steps up its clean-energy game with San Francisco CCA

·         Renewable energy is making San Francisco cannabis grow super-green

·         LinkedIn chooses 100% renewable energy through CleanPowerSF

·         The New Wheel gets cleaner energy through CleanPowerSF

 

San Francisco’s Clean Energy Experts

The SFPUC has been providing San Franciscans with 100% greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric energy for the past 100 years from the Hetch Hetchy Power System. CleanPowerSF is run by the same clean energy experts. The SFPUC also delivers your great-tasting Hetch Hetchy Tap Water and operates the award-winning San Francisco Combined Sewer System.

SFPUC Offers Three Ways SF Residents and Businesses Can Fight Climate Change This Earth Day

San Francisco, CA— This year, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will celebrate Earth Day by joining the Earth Day Festival on Saturday, April 21 at Civic Center Plaza from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and sharing how San Francisco residents and businesses can take part in the SFPUC’s various programs aimed at fighting climate change.

Choose 100% Renewable Energy
San Francisco residents can help save the environment right from the comfort of their own homes by choosing CleanPowerSF to power their homes with 100% renewable energy. CleanPowerSF reinvests ratepayer funds back into our community through energy efficiency programs and new renewable energy facilities that address climate change and support the local economy. 

Starting in July, commercial electricity customers in San Francisco will be enrolled in the clean energy program, which currently offers two options for cleaner energy at lower generation rates than PG&E. Customers already committed to CleanPowerSF’s 100% renewable option include Salesforce and Linkedin.

Enroll today at www.cleanpowersf.org/enroll