Ongoing concerns about power costs and protests from organized labor resulted in the freezing of San Francisco\u2019s budding community choice aggregation program, known as CleanPowerSF, Aug. 13. \tOn a 3-2 vote, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission voted against approving a rate plan for the largely renewable power program, which would have capped rates for about half of San Franciscans at $11.5 cents\/kWh above competitor Pacific Gas & Electric\u2019s standard rates. \t\u201cI want to make sure ratepayers are protected,\u201d said commission president Art Torres, who voted against setting rates. \tThe fate of the aggregation program is not clear. A vote on the rate plan offering non-fossil power to half of San Franciscans has been delayed for months (Current, May 17, 2013). \tMuch of the debate at the San Francisco commission\u2019s meeting focused on whether approving a rate setting plan gave the entire program a green light or was limited to the rates. Wrapped up in that was a chicken v. egg debate over the lack of program details in the clean power program, and why. \tCleanPowerSF proponents noted until rates were set, plan details could not be provided. The opponents objected to setting rates before the program details were revealed. Commissioner Francesca Vietor insisted that approving the rate plan was the \u201cfastest way to reduce greenhouse gasses as a municipality.\u201d She added, \u201cWe need to act now.\u201d \tThe local union IBEW 1245 representatives, many of whom work for PG&E, insisted that the deal with Shell to supply CleanPowerSF with electricity include a labor agreement to protect jobs. \tSan Francisco commission assistant general manager Barbara Hale told the commission her agency can\u2019t limit procurement to contracts that include labor agreements. \tThe higher rates also raised concerns about placing a burden on struggling San Franciscans. \u201cYou always have to show the economic potential and jobs first,\u201d said Angelo King, vice president of the San Francisco Environment Commission. Jeremy Pollack, representing Supervisor John Avalos, told the commission that putting off a vote on rates would create a \u201cconstitutional crisis.\u201d In response, Avalos will ask the city attorney to explore other options to allow the program to proceed, said Pollack. Torres and fellow commission member Ann Moller Caen pointed to pending state legislation that could make way for increased levels of local renewable power, specifically via Sen. Lois Wolk\u2019s SB 43. That bill orders the three investor-owned utilities to offer up to 600 MW of pure renewable electricity to its ratepayers (see page 10). \tMoller Caen also said $19.5 million in reserves for a renewable contract between CleanPowerSF and Shell Energy would be better spent on a 10 MW solar power purchase deal in San Francisco. That way there is an investment into a \u201clocal build out instead of [a local] power program,\u201d she said. \t Under CleanPowerSF, approved by the city and county supervisors in September 2012, Shell would supply 30 MW of green-labeled power for four-and-a-half years. The lack of a vote on a rate plan keeps the Shell deal in limbo. The goal of the aggregation program is to supply power over the long term with local renewable resources.