CleanPowerSF contract to have first hearing 

The City’s effort to provide cleaner power than what San Francisco residents and businesses receive from Pacific Gas & Electric takes a major step forward on April 23.

On that day, the Local Area Formation Committee – chaired by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, one of the most outspoken advocates of the program – and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will hold a joint meeting to discuss the proposed contract terms with the selected energy provider. The contact terms will lay out what energy rates would be charged. CleanPowerSF's goal is to be 51 percent renewable by 2017 while maintaining competitive rates with PG&E.

All power customers in San Francisco would be signed up to receive their power from The City, but they would have a chance to opt out and continue to receive energy from PG&E. PG&E, the only energy provider for San Francisco residents and businesses, has opposed the program and is pushing a ballot measure that would make it more difficult for municipalities to set up such programs, much to the chagrin of San Francisco elected officials.

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