A once-fine city besmirched with viscous, oily pollution, and a populace forced to shell out hard-earned green for filthy energy.
The picture painted by opponents of CleanPowerSF — a government program that will allow current PG&E electricity customers to purchase alternative, renewable power from Shell Energy North America — is not pretty.
The City is in the final stages of hashing out a $19.5 million deal with Shell that promises local power customers the ability to purchase costlier but cleaner energy from that company instead of PG&E. Residential electricity bills are projected to be between $11.54 and $94.10 more expensive per month.
The program has been fought tooth and nail by PG&E and its union, IBEW Local 1245, which has shown no sign of letting up despite the program’s approval.
“The Board of Supervisor’s [sic] plan to go into business with Shell to create ‘CleanPowerSF’ is a dirty deal that won’t create one new watt of green energy, will raise our power bills and send our local dollars to Shell in Houston,” claims online campaign Stop San Francisco Shell Shock, an effort of Local 1245 to sway public opinion against CleanPowerSF.
In September, the board approved the program in an 8-3 veto-proof vote, but it could be in jeopardy if too few San Franciscans sign up. Shell is due a $15 million payout if the contract is terminated within five years.
As of Monday, the Shell Shock campaign page had collected more than 1,300 supporters on Facebook and another 5,377 on its Change.org petition page.
It’s unclear how heavily the union is backing the effort to sway public opinion. The campaign has not filed financial statements with either the Ethics Commission or the secretary of state, both of which monitor political spending. Local 1245 did not respond to requests for comment.