San Francisco Residents May Soon Purchase Renewable Electricity

With a veto-proof majority, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors has approved the CleanPowerSF initiative that automatically enrolls Pacific Gas & Electric customers within the City in a “a program offering them 100 percent renewable energy at an additional cost.” [San Francisco Examiner, 9/18/12] Implementation is expected to start next spring.

PG&E customers will have to opt-out of the program if they don’t want to take part, which is one of the reasons Mayor Ed Lee wanted the proposal delayed. Opt-out rather than opt-in raises concerns that customers will be “forced into a program they may not understand and can’t afford” according to the Mayor’s spokeswoman, Christine Falvey.

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