One of the San Francisco Local Agency Commission’s primary functions is to provide oversight of CleanPowerSF, the City’s community choice energy program. San Francisco Board of Supervisors ordinance #146-07 requested that the LAFCo "monitor the implementation process and advise the SFPUC and the Board of Supervisors regarding the progress of CCA development and implementation," and this request was reiterated in resolution #16-23.
In May 2016, CleanPowerSF started serving San Francisco residents and businesses with a new option to choose cleaner energy at competitive rates. CleanPowerSF is a not-for-profit program operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) that works in partnership with PG&E to deliver cleaner energy to residents and businesses. CleanPowerSF purchases clean and renewable energy on behalf of their customers, which is then delivered through PG&E’s poles and wires. CleanPowerSF empowers San Francisco energy customers to reduce their carbon footprint while supporting local jobs, stable energy prices and new clean energy infrastructure.
LAFCo Oversight of CleanPowerSF
- LAFCo Executive Officer’s Comments on the 2022 CleanPowerSF Integrated Resource Plan – 10/21/2022
- Review of LAFCo Analysis of CleanPowerSF 2020 Integrated Resource Plan - 7/15/2022
- SF LAFCo CleanPowerSF Oversight Dashboard (embeded below)
LAFCo Studies for CleanPowerSF
In May 2023, the LAFCo and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) executed a memorandum of understanding for work to be funded by CleanPowerSF ratepayers and performed by SF LAFCo during Fiscal Year 2022-23 through Fiscal Year 2025-26. This work includes preparing studies of the opportunities for and barriers to local energy innovations and recommending policies and actions to support San Francisco’s decarbonization goals and other energy-related Climate Action Plan goals. The specific studies LAFCo will undertake includes:
- Battery Storage: identifying opportunities and barriers to battery storage installations across the city, by use type, including public safety, permitting and other local regulatory issues; and proposing amendments to local and state codes to support installation of battery storage
- Green Bank Financing: identifying opportunities and barriers to financing CleanPowerSF initiatives through green bank models—such as a non-depository municipal finance corporation or a public bank as defined by California Government Code Section 57600—that could access funding available through the federal Inflation Reduction Act’s Greenhouse Gas Reduction Fund (Section 134 of the Clean Air Act, 42 U.S.C. § 7434)
- Electric Vehicle Charging: identifying barriers to broader adoption of electric vehicles in San Francisco and analyzing possible solutions that may involve various City departments or State agencies, such as solutions for curbside charging and policies and actions to address access for multi-family buildings, including smart poles, and providing equitable public access to charging infrastructure
- Natural Gas System Decommissioning: identifying challenges regarding the decommissioning of natural gas infrastructure;
- Emerging Clean Energy Technologies: studies of specific emerging clean energy technologies, as agreed to by the Parties (lower-priority studies conducted by LAFCo staff and/or graduate student interns); an initial study will survey existing literature on the future use of hydrogen fuel within urban environments, e.g., possible use cases, pros/cons of urban hydrogen use and infrastructure, local regulatory considerations, safety, and sustainable fuel production. Subsequent studies may survey technologies such as offshore wind, tidal, or wave power
For more information on the CleanPowerSF program itself please visit www.cleanpowersf.org
You can also follow CleanPowerSF on twitter (www.twitter.com/CleanPowerSF)