PRO & CONS – PROPOSITION H – NOVEMBER 3, 2015

 

PROPOSITION H – REFERRED MEASURE DEFINING “CLEAN GREEN, RENEWABLE ENERGY.”

Ordinance

Placed on the ballot by Supervisors Breed, Avalos, Campos, Christensen, Cohen, Kim, Mar, and Wiener (three supervisors were excused).

Requires a simple majority of votes for passage

 

THE QUESTION:

Shall the City use the State definition of ‘eligible renewable energy resources’ when referring to the terms ‘clean energy,’ ‘green energy,’ and ‘renewable Greenhouse Gas-free Energy’; and shall CleanPowerSF be urged to inform existing and potential customers about the planned percentage of each type of renewable energy that will be supplied in each communication; and shall it be City policy for CleanPowerSF to use electricity generated within California and San Francisco when possible?

BACKGROUND:

State law allows local governments, including San Francisco, to purchase and generate electricity for sale to residential and business customers. San Francisco created CleanPowerSF for its residents and business owners to purchase, generate and sell electricity. CleanPowerSF has not yet begun to sell electricity to customers; so most San Francisco residents and businesses currently purchase their electricity from Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E). San Francisco residents and businesses will be able to choose whether to purchase electricity from PG&E or CleanPowerSF.

 

State law requires all retail electricity suppliers to disclose to customers the sources of power being provided, 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.

 

THE PROPOSAL:

Current City law does not define Clean Energy,” “Green Energy,” “Renewable Greenhouse Gas-free Energy,” or similar terms.

Proposition H would require San Francisco to use the State definition of “eligible renewable energy resources” when referring to terms such as “Clean Energy,” “Green Energy,” and “Renewable Greenhouse Gas-free Energy.” Included in this definition is electricity from large hydroelectric facilities such as Hetch Hetchy.

Proposition H would urge CleanPowerSF to inform existing and potential customers of the planned percentage of “Clean Energy,” “Green Energy,” and “Renewable Greenhouse Gas-free Energy” to be supplied in each communication required by law.

Proposition H would make it City policy for CleanPowerSF to use electricity generated within California and San Francisco when possible.

A “YES” Vote Means: you want the City to use the State definition of “eligible renewable energy resources” and make it city policy to favor electricity generated within California and San Francisco when possible.

 

A “NO” Vote Means: you want the City to use the definition as proposed in Proposition G.  

 

ARGUMENTS IN FAVOR PROP H:

Proposition H is the consensus proposition to replace Proposition G, the competing measure on the topic of CleanPowerSF definition of renewable energy.

The former supporters of Prop. G now favor Prop. H

 

ARGUMENTS AGAINST PROP H:

No opposition.

 

READ PROPOSITION I

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