CCA moving

CCA moving

Legislation’s supporters confident it would pass

By Amanda Witherell

San Francisco’s plan for Community Choice Aggregation was primed to move one step closer to enactment June 12. Legislation before the Board of Supervisors would allow the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to issue Requests for Information to make more of the city’s power renewable and available to residents and businesses. The vote came after the Guardian‘s press time, but the legislation’s sponsors, Sups. Tom Ammiano and Ross Mirkarimi, both expressed confidence that it would pass.

“We think we finessed it enough to get the necessary number of votes,” Ammiano told us.

“It’s taken a long time to get this far,” he says of the process that began shortly after the 2002 approval of Carole Migden’s Assembly Bill 117, which gives communities the ability to purchase power from providers to sell directly to residents and businesses. That gives municipalities greater choices for what kinds of power they use.

San Francisco’s CCA plan calls for 51 percent renewable sources, owned or operated by the city, gradually integrated into the grid by 2017. Most of the city’s power is currently managed by Pacific Gas and Electric Co., which draws 12 percent of its power from renewables.

The plan has been supported by a variety of environmental and public power groups throughout the city and criticized only by PG&E and some downtown allies.

Where Mayor Gavin Newsom stands on the issue remains to be seen. While consistently expressing support in the past and budgeting money to develop CCA, he has more recently expressed some concerns. But Mirkarimi says, “We look forward to his continued support.”

Click here to see the CCA survey “results.”

Originally published June 13, 2007 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian