CleanPowerSF promoted to nearly 100 groups 

City workers have personally pitched power sales planned under the upcoming CleanPowerSF program to nearly 100 groups.

The program aims to create a competitor to Pacific Gas & Electric Corp., which presently enjoys a monopoly in San Francisco. The program could begin within several months.

It’s unclear at this point how much the power would cost or how much of it will be drawn from renewable sources.

The CleanPowerSF outreach team has attended close to 100 events and community meetings, according to San Francisco Public Utilities Commission spokesman Charles Sheehan.

“At most of these meetings we give a presentation about CleanPowerSF — what it is, how it works and how folks can get involved,” Sheehan said. “It’s pretty standard. We just want to make sure that the community is fully informed.”

Presentations can be arranged by sending an e-mail to

The outreach team recently sent 250,000 flyers promoting CleanPowerSF to businesses and residents, agency official Barbara Hale said during a commission meeting on Tuesday. It also created a website based on the brochure.

“Your rates will be comparable; even your PG&E bill will look the same,” is written on the glossy four-page brochure. “PG&E will continue to own and operate the electrical grid in the City and distribute electricity to residents and businesses.”

PG&E, meanwhile, is spending tens of millions of dollars promoting Prop. 16, which could force San Francisco to secure two-thirds voter support before forging ahead with the program.

City officials say they hope to sign a contract with the new power provider, Power Choice, regarding the program before the June election.

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