Study Focuses on Making San Francisco Choice Local

6 Nov 2014

While the San Francisco’s plan to become a green energy provider option for ratepayers has been stalled for well over a year, it should be revamped to focus on local renewable projects and to bring many of the procurement management services in house, according to a report commissioned by the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Committee.

“The development of local renewable energy has the potential to realize economic benefits for the city from the employment and expenditures for implementation activities and also from the shift of power spending from remote sources to sources within the city,” states the report, Local Build-out of Energy Resources of the Community Choice Aggregation Program by EnerNex released Oct. 24 The initial goal of the program is to boost energy efficiency and build out 20-30 MW of alternative energy resources, which could reach 100 MW.

Customers are to be offered 100 percent renewables or a 50 percent renewable option. The cost of those energy offerings must first be assessed, according to the report, to ensure they are cost competitive with Pacific Gas & Electric rates.

Energy efficiency advances are within reach because of financial resources available. The report concludes that up to $8 million will be available for efficiency projects, including $4-6 million transferred from California Public Utilities Commission-approved funds to PG&E.

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