Ordinance grants the SF Public Utilities Commission the first right of refusal to provide clean, hydroelectric Hetch Hetchy power to new public and private developments, which will increase clean energy distribution and allow for enhanced infrastructure investment for the nearly $900 million in capital needs, including the city's deteriorated streetlight system
WHEN: Monday, November 24th, 1:30 PM
WHERE: Land Use and Economic Development Committee
Board of Supervisors
City Hall, Room 263
WHAT: Today the Land Use and Economic Development Committee will vote on Supervisor Wiener's legislation to increase the electric customer base for San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission by granting the PUC the right of first refusal to provide hydroelectric, greenhouse gas free power to private developments. The legislation is co-sponsored by Supervisor London Breed and endorsed by the Sierra Club and the League of Conservation Voters. If approved, it will go the full Board of Supervisors for a vote tomorrow. The legislation will grant the PUC's Power Enterprise - which currently delivers hydroelectric power to municipal agencies such as Muni, San Francisco International Airport, fire and police stations, libraries, and San Francisco General Hospital - the right of first refusal to sell power, at retail, to new public and private projects, including any new City developments, redevelopment projects, projects on public land or funded by public funds, and, for the first time, new private development projects seeking City approvals. An expanded PUC customer base will bring more clean hydroelectric power to San Francisco residents and businesses and generate significantly more revenue to fund neglected infrastructure and capital needs, including the city's streetlight system and the system that brings hydroelectric power from Hetch Hetchy to San Francisco. For every 10 megawatts of new retail customers the PUC serves, net revenues increase by $4 million. The Transbay Transit Center alone - a governmental retail power customer that recently agreed to purchase its power from the PUC - will purchase between 4 and 8 megawatts per year, generating revenue between $1.6 million and $3.2 million annually for the PUC.