SF ready to resume search for public energy provider 

The City is recharging its effort to bring in an energy provider to compete with PG&E.

On Friday, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission will present a new proposal for soliciting energy companies to run CleanPowerSF, a proposed program that aims to provide energy from more renewable resources than PG&E and at competitive prices.

The City abandoned its initial effort after selecting one company through a competitive process and then failing to come to terms. Among the sticking points was the company’s request for a $400 million loan.

The process was also under pressure due to June’s Proposition 16, which was sponsored by PG&E and would required a two-thirds approval by voters before establishing such municipal programs. The statewide measure was defeated.  

With lessons learned, the SFPUC will present during Friday’s afternoon joint meeting with the Local Agency Formation Commission, which is chaired by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi, a new draft request for proposals for review by the two agencies.

“After getting feedback from both commissions and the public, we’re hoping to advertise the [request for proposals] by the end of July. The proposed [request for proposals] for the energy-service provider will include new language based on what we learned in the first round of negotiations,” SFPUC spokesman Tyrone Jue said. “First and foremost, a proposer will have to provide proof of financial backing. In addition, the [request for proposals] will have some of the actual contracting language developed in the first negotiations.”

Jue also said voters’ defeat of Prop. 16 will likely encourage “even more qualified and competitive proposers than before” to participate in the bidding process.

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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