Brown-out on PG&E By Amanda Witherell California State Attorney General Jerry Brown's office is investigating Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s meddling with Community Choice Aggregation, according to several sources who spoke with the Guardian. "I was contacted by their office," said John Rizzo, who works with the Bay chapter of the Sierra Club. Rizzo was … Continue reading Brown-out on PG&E
Peaker suit Through a public-private partnership, the city would own the peaker plants after 10 years By Amanda Witherell The permits for San Francisco's Electric Reliability Project — a 145-megawatt, natural gas–fired "peaker" power plant — have not been properly vetted, according to a Sept. 24 lawsuit filed against the Environmental Protection Agency and the … Continue reading Peaker suit
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 … Continue reading CCA moving
Green like money Gay greenwash: Look who skipped out on PG&E's LGBT Center solar panel party BY Amanda Witherell The LGBT Community Center on Market Street traded pink and lavender for Pacific Gas and Electric Co.'s acidic green Jan. 27. During a so-called green fair at the center, the billion-dollar corporation unveiled a $170,000 gift … Continue reading Green like money
Peak experience By Amanda Witherell Standing on the steps of City Hall, New College professor Richard Heinberg told a crowd of San Franciscans, "The 21st century will be the decline of fossil fuels." This renowned expert on "peak oil" then headed inside to testify at a hearing convened by Sup. Ross Mirkarimi on the issue. … Continue reading Peak experience
What booze ban? After an alcohol crackdown in North Beach, the city commission is back to facilitating the fun By Amanda Witherell Outside of North Beach, the party is still on. That's good news for San Francisco festivalgoers, but it leaves one outstanding question: What exactly is current city policy on promoting partying in public … Continue reading What booze ban?
Recycling city buildings By Amanda Witherell High-rise homeless housing or high-priced condos? That was the choice when the fate of 150 Otis was debated at a June 16 hearing of the Board of Supervisors Land Use and Economic Development Committee. "I am totally convinced that if the final decision about 150 Otis is left in … Continue reading Recycling city buildings