City’s clean power program advances 

The Board of Supervisors approved legislation Tuesday with an unanimous vote, allowing The City to move forward with its plan -- known as CleanPowerSF -- to bring in a power company to compete with Pacific Gas & Electric by offering cleaner power.

The City is in negotiations with Power Choice LLC and hopes to have a contract ready for Board of Supervisors approval by the end of March. The legislation approved Tuesday authorizes The City to submit an implementation plan to the California Public Utilities Commission for approval.

The program is being blasted by business advocacy groups, including the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce and the Committee on Jobs, who say The City should not advance the program until its economic impacts are known.

Those impacts will be known when The City completes negotiations with the energy company, which will include customer rates.

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