SF Environment: State Agency Approves $16 Million for San Francisco
Energy Efficiency Efforts
Program Aims to Help Shut Down Hunters Point Power Plant
San Francisco -- April 17, 2003. The forty-five year old Hunters
Point power plant is one giant step closer to retirement now that the
California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) has appropriated $16.3
million to fund an innovative energy efficiency program in San Francisco.
The program, a two-year drive to reduce The City's peak energy load by 16
megawatts, is a partnership between San Francisco's Environment Department
and PG&E. The CPUC voted unanimously today to approve the funds.
"Hunters Point Power Plant is old, and the residents of The City's
southeast don't want it in their back yard -- we need to shut it down,"
said Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr. "We have the expertise to use electricity
more efficiently, and eventually to meet our electricity needs through
non-polluting technology. The CPUC's decision to fund efficiency programs
in San Francisco is good news for The City in general, and for residents
of the southeast in particular."
The joint SF Environment and PG&E efficiency program will be designed
specifically to meet San Francisco's unique energy needs, taking its
climate, buildings, and electrical distribution system into consideration.
Program elements may include energy efficiency rebates to residents and
the commercial sector, energy audits, and installation support services
for the small and medium businesses. The program will also include
customer s with language barriers, hard-to-reach customers, and address
environmental justice issues.
San Francisco, unlike most California cities, has both summer and
winter peaks in electricity demand, driven by energy needed to run
lighting, refrigeration, cooling and heating units. The Efficiency Program
will help alleviate potential energy shortfalls.
SF Environment has a track record of success in energy efficiency. Its
Power Savers Program, also funded by the CPUC, helped small businesses use
energy wisely by providing free audits and low-cost lighting retrofits.
Power Savers is on budget, and on schedule to retrofit 4,000 businesses
and reduce peak load by 6 Megawatts.
"Saving energy is much less expensive than creating new sources of
power generation. For many businesses, energy efficiency and conservation
measures can make the difference between keeping the lights on and closing
shop. We applaud the CPUC for having the vision and wisdom to put their
funding and support behind a project that will have tangible benefits f or
environmental justice, businesses, and families alike. We are confident
that this project, coming as it does during the Earth Day celebrations,
will prove a model for the state, country, and planet" said SF Environment
Director Jared Blumenfeld.