December 2011 - The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) approved the CleanPowerSF community choice program, which is expected to begin as early as July 2012. Community choice aggregation is a state policy that enables local governments to aggregate electricity demand within their jurisdictions in order to procure alternative energy supplies while maintaining the existing electricity provider for transmission and distribution services.
San Francisco utility customers will have the option to purchase 100% renewable electricity through CleanPowerSF. Customers may opt out of the CleanPowerSF program, and continue to receive generation from the city's current utility, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). Utility customers electing to opt out of the CleanPowerSF program and stay with PG&E will have four months, two before the program's launch and two after, to opt out. After the opt out period customers may have to pay an exit fee.
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PUC adopts CleanPowerSF program of all-green power
November 2011 - The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) announced that it will deploy a minimum of 210 megawatts (MW) of distributed renewable and demand-side, in-city energy technologies to serve San Francisco residents by 2017, as part of the CleanPowerSF program. CleanPowerSF is the City's Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) program, which is under development. Local Power, Inc. will develop request for proposals (RFPs) for deployment of the renewable energy and demand-side efforts.
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Local Power Inc. Receives $390k Task Order from City of San Francisco to Design and Prepare Requests for Proposals Documents for Major Green Electricity Localization
Julia Powers, Local Power Inc., 510-451-1727
October 2010 - Twenty-eight companies, organizations and individuals were recognized with national achievement awards at the Renewable Energy Markets 2010 Conference in Portland. The Green Power Leadership Awards recognize actions that are significantly advancing the development of renewable electricity sources through renewable energy markets. The awards are presented by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Center for Resource Solutions.
Among green power purchasers, the highest honors went to the Kohl's Department Stores, Motorola, Inc., TD Bank, and Whole Foods Market, who were named Partners of the Year. The City of San Francisco and Phoenix Press, Inc. were recognized for their On-Site Generation. Corvallis, Oregon and Park City, Utah were honored as Communities of the Year. 3Degrees, Bonneville Environmental Foundation, SunRun Inc., and SolarCity were named Non-Utility Green Power Suppliers of the Year. La Plata Electric Association, Inc. and Portland General Electric won for Utility Green Power Programs of the Year. Arizona Public Service was awarded for Best Green Power Education Outreach Program. Sundance Square was named for Best Promotional Campaign by a Green Power Purchaser. Pacific Power and Rocky Mountain Power were recognized for Best Marketing Campaign by a Green Power Supplier. Thor Hinckley of Portland General Electric received the Green Power Pioneer Award.
News Release - DOE Recognizes Six Organizations as Nation's Top Green Power Suppliers
News Release - EPA Honors 18 Partners for Advancing Green Power Market
News Release - Center for Resource Solutions Announces 2010 Green Power Leadership Award Winners
News Article - Portland General Electric Receives Two National Green Power Awards
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January 2007 - The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) announced an agreement with developer Lennar BVHP to create San Francisco's first neighborhood powered entirely by renewable energy. Under the agreement, the SFPUC will deliver cost-competitive renewable energy to the 1,600 new residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail space under construction at the site of the former Hunters Point Naval Shipyard.
Initially, the "Green Public Power Community" will be supplied from the city's extensive hydro and solar power portfolio, and later with other new renewable energy sources as they become available commercially. The power will be provided at rates equal to or lower than current retail and commercial electric rates. As part of the agreement, Lennar BVHP will contribute $2 million towards the cost of providing renewable energy to customers in the new neighborhood, such as rooftop solar systems.
News Release - Mayor Newsom Lauds Historic SFPUC Agreement to Bring Renewable, Public Power to New Hunters Point Shipyard Development
News Article - San Francisco PUC to Supply Hydro, Solar Power to Homes in Old Naval Shipyard