Business leaders question power company switch 

San Francisco business leaders are expressing concerns about The City’s imminent move to sell electricity to energy customers through PG&E’s transmission grid.

The City on Tuesday began negotiating with Power Choice LLC to sell energy under community choice aggregation laws, which were created after California’s energy crisis of 2000 and 2001 to foster power-sector competition.

The idea is to secure more renewable energy and lower rates for San Francisco residents and businesses. 

But the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce says low rates can’t be guaranteed; moreover customers will be automatically enrolled unless they opt-out at the right time or risk paying fines, according to the chamber.

“Why are we going down this path and how will we know businesses will have more reliable and lower cost energy?” said Jim Lazarus, senior vice president of the chamber. Under state law, all San Francisco residents and businesses will have their power supply switched to CleanPowerSF unless they request to remain a customer of PG&E.

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