Clean Power SF lacks: local source of solar power from SF homes,
It lacks any way to pay homeowners $0.54 kwh for feeding solar onto the grid. It will not created a million solar jobs. The FiT in Germany created 500,000 solar jobs in Germany. Not in France. CPSF lacks 100% clean solar energy. It gives $$ millions to Shell Oil. Giving money to the oily 1%. What a joke. It lack support from most Green activists. It is designed to fail. Whomever created this green scam belongs in prison with Barry Maddoff.
Hi Paul and all. Neither the SF Green Party, nor any other clean
energy advocate supports CleanPowerSF in its current form, and we are
demanding that hundreds of megawatts of local renewables and efficiency
(and the thousands of local union jobs that installing these will
generate) must be the foundation of the program before it goes forward.
It is also important for you to understand that any clean energy program which (as you are suggesting) would only be based on solar feed-in-tariffs, would not be strong enough, nor would it build clean energy fast enough, to effectively counter the climate crisis.
as long as it is built the way it was originally designed, will install
a wide spectrum of interactive renewable energy and conservation
measures including solar, wind, geothermal, cogeneration (using waste
heat from generators and boilers to generate electricity), thousands of
efficiency projects all over the city, electricity storage, and finally,
demand response techniques to lower electrical appliance and machine
drain on the system at peak demand.
It is really important to use all of these strategies together, so that when the sun isn't shining or the wind isn't blowing there will still be reliable clean electricity flowing.
In fact solar all by itself is what the SFPUC is proposing and this would be a recipe for failure, because of its very high up front cost and its not-always-on nature.
One last important note. If the current very poor SFPUC plan goes forward with no large local build-out of renewables and efficiency, the whole program will indeed be controlled by Shell corporation which will act only as an Enron style -purchaser- of 'clean' energy on the market, from distant sources - creating no real new renewables and no local jobs.
And it is precisely because we do -not- want Shell to run or play any big role in our local clean energy program that we are working diligently to make sure that the program is based instead on hundreds of megawatts of local clean energy installation, and not on a weak stand alone contract with Shell Energy North America.
Eric Brooks, Sustainability Chair, SF Green Party