PG&E "Green Option" expected to cost far less than tentative CleanPowerSF ratesIn the current edition of SF Weekly, we explore the long-term goal of CleanPowerSF to provide San Francisco with "a local build-out which would supply the city with vast quantities of renewable power, energy independe ... More >>
San Franciscans found yet another reason to protest PG&E.Yesterday, on the anniversary of the bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, OccupySF Environmental Justice Working Group, No Nukes Action and Greenaction for Health as well as Environmental Justice gathered in front of the Japanese Consulate ... More >>
WiggsLet the blame game commence for the fatal explosion and fire in San BrunoIn the wake of the terrifying explosion and fire that incinerated a large swath of San Bruno, the key questions may yet be: "What did PG&E know and when did they know it?" In the weeks preceding the detonation of a ... More >>
Gee, Reddy, seven cents doesn't seem so bad to save the planetThe list of companies opposing Prop. 23, a measure that would knock down California's 2006 anti-greenhouse gas law, reads like a Who's-Who of the sort of high tech and outdoorsy companies that usually line up behind environmentally-fri ... More >>
Going, going, goneThe final word is in: after more than a decade of activism and negotiations, the Mirant Power Plant will be closing for good by the end of 2010. "There was really no need to have these dirty power plants continue to exist in San Francisco," City Attorney Dennis Herrera tol ... More >>
City Attorney Dennis Herrera is asking state energy regulators to shut PG&E up when it comes to a controversial overhaul of San Francisco's power system that proponents say would provide greener electricity.A city brochure for CleanPowerSFIn a petition filed today with the California Public U ... More >>
Joe EskenaziJed's a millionaire! Conversation in the line for a chi-chi Mission Bay taqueria was dampened the other day when, a few yards off, a city water department employee hooked what appeared to be an oversize cow bell to the fire hydrant. Before anyone could make a "more cowbell" joke, a to ... More >>
City officials have backed off from several of the more ambitious aspects of a planned overhaul of the local power grid that is intended to make San Francisco's energy supply greener and less dependent on Pacific Gas & Electric Co.The promised landThe city's Public Utilities Commission and Lo ... More >>
Does everyone want to live in Marin? The Center For Investigative Reporting, the Berkeley nonprofit that recently formed a team of sleuths to take up where downsized California newspapermen and women left off, came out slugging earlier this month. It published a scintillating piece demonstrating ... More >>
Joe EskenaziCity Attorney Dennis Herrera delivers the big news, backed by (from left) PUC head Ed Harrington, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, and former Board of Supes President Aaron PeskinThe answer has been revealed to the "mystery settlement" announced yesterday by City Attorney Dennis Herrera ... More >>
City employees are bleeding the city to death. One way is legal and the other is not.
Well, that's the thing: I thought my mom would know the Snuggie was a gag gift, but she actually thought it was a real gift. So here I'd planned this completely ironic moment, and she was starting to tear up. She actually said "It looks so comfortable, and I get so cold in winter!" Shit! So what ... More >>
The city's master plan for cleaner energy is fraught with risk. And, like it or not, you're already signed up.
Why some "progressives" are putting energy into a bad idea.
Why Matt Gonzalez should stick with his progressive roots, and ignore pressure to act "responsibly"
One energy executive claims a tidal system that meets the city's electric needs could be built in over 20 years, at a cost of $1.5 billion
When it comes to terrorism and U.S. atomic power plants, we may as well put Homer Simpson in charge
The plan to build a massive new power plant in San Francisco -- once thought inevitable -- hits a few snags
A deft film in which a southland legislator and lazy journalists rewrite history, blame Enron for the energy crisis, and leave Sacramento corruption untouched
As we're now finding out, Gov. Davis may be the only one who won't have to pay for his mishandling of the energy crisis
With many power plants scheduled to go down for repairs, a stretch of bad weather could spell trouble
This is no time for softheaded governing. In this election, Prop. F and Dennis Herrera pass the confidence test; MUD fails completely.
Don't Take This With You to Your Polling Place Nov. 6; War Is Bad. Or Good, Depending.
A ballot measure that would create a Municipal Utility District has so many legal flaws, it's all but DOA. In fact, passing the measure might delay the advent of public power here for years.
And then there's developer Michael Strausz
Upcoming ballot proposals on public power could complicate the fight over the Potrero Hill plant.
If Gov. Davis has his way, California soon will have dozens of new power plants -- a lot of them in the wrong places, some of them unnecessary, and very, very few of them based on renewable energy
Opponents of the Potrero Hill power plant expansion could use a lesson in organization.
How the state's contracts with crucial electric power providers actually encourage them to gouge us
PG&E is doing to New England what greedy, polluting, out-of-state energy suppliers have done to PG&E and California
Letters from April 11, 2001
A small group wants to foist a municipal utility district on the city without evidence its version of "public power" will work. Demand evidence.
Is it smart to jump into the Bay Guardian's version of public power, without even studying whether it will save money?
Greedy out-of-state profiteers make easy targets, but the real villains of California's energy debacle are the ones under the state capitol dome.
It's time for consumers to take back California
Bush will likely gut national health and safety regulation; local liberals screw up regulation by forgetting its purpose -- protecting the general public
Why a retreat from electricity deregulation is a victory for PG&E, and a loss for you and me
State advocate says S.F. utility padded rate hike request by $900 million
Competitors say delay in electric deregulation helps PG&E, other utility monopolies
The S.F.-based utility embarks on a nationwide buying spree