SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — In a stunning defeat for green power advocates, San Francisco’s Public Utilities Commission (PUC) has halted a decade-old plan to develop a city-operated power program to generate clean energy for residents.
Environmental activists who had been pushing the clean power program to ween residents off PG&E, asked the PUC to approve the rates for CleanPowerSF. The rate approval would have been a necessary step to move the program forward to its launch next spring.
Backers of the CleanPowerSF plan wanted residents and businesses to have a choice in their supply of power.
Opponents complained the plan is merely a shadow of the one approved by the supervisors in 2004 with rates still higher than PG&E, no promise of local jobs and the opt-out feature where residents would be enrolled and then have to say no thank you.