Pro & Cons – Proposition G –November 3, 2015

Propositions G and H concern the same subject matter. Support for Proposition G Has been withdrawn.

PROPOSITION G – DISCLOSURES REGARDING RENEWABLE ENERGY INITIATIVE

Ordinance
Placed on the ballot by initiative petition
Requires a simple majority of votes for passage

 

THE QUESTION:

Should the City define ‘renewable, greenhouse-gas free electricity’ as electricity that is derived exclusively from certain renewable resources located within or adjacent to the California border or electricity derived from Hetch Hetchy, except for electricity from other types of resources such as rooftop solar and other large hydroelectric facilities; require CleanPowerSF to inform customers and potential customers of its planned percentage of ‘renewable, greenhouse-gas free electricity’ to be provided; and prohibit CleanPowerSF from marketing, advertising or making any public statement that its electricity is ‘clean’ or ‘green’ unless the electricity is ‘renewable, greenhouse gas-free electricity’ as defined in this measure?

BACKGROUND:

The City of San Francisco recently created CleanPowerSF, a program to purchase, generate and sell electricity. San Francisco residents and businesses will now be able to choose whether to purchase electricity from PG&E or CleanPowerSF.

State law requires retail electricity suppliers to disclose the sources of power being provided to their customers, including renewable energy resources. Renewable resources include biomass, solar thermal, photovoltaic, wind, geothermal, solid waste conversion, landfill gas, ocean wave, ocean thermal, and tidal current. Current City law does not define “renewable, greenhouse-gas free electricity.”

 

THE PROPOSAL:

Proposition G would define “renewable, greenhouse-gas free electricity” as electricity from only one of the three categories of “eligible renewable energy resources:”

  • Electricity obtained exclusively from renewable resources located within or adjacent to the California border, with the exception of certain resources such as rooftop solar panels in San Francisco; or
  • Electricity generated by The City’s Hetch Hetchy facilities, but not electricity generated from other large hydroelectric facilities.

 

CleanPowerSF would not be able to market, advertise or make any public statement that its electricity is “clean” or “green” unless the electricity is “renewable, greenhouse gas-free electricity” as defined in this measure.

 

Proposition G would require the City to inform existing and potential CleanPower SF customers of the planned percentage of types of “renewable, greenhouse-gas free electricity” to be provided in communication sent to customers and potential customers 3 times per year.

A “YES” Vote Means: you want voters to approve this definition of “renewable, greenhouse gas-free electricity.”

A “NO” Vote Means: you do not want voters to approve this definition of “renewable, greenhouse gas-fee electricity.”

ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR PROP G:

  •  Support has been withdrawn.

ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROP G:

  • Proponents of Prop. G have now given their support to Prop. H.

READ PROPOSITION H

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