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San Francisco plans major renewable electricity push

Local Power Inc has received a 'Notice-To-Proceed' from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), to write several Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to deploy a minimum of 210 MW of distributed renewable and demand-side, in-city energy technologies by 2017 for the CleanPowerSF programme.

By Kari Williamson

The agreement fulfils ordinances to provide a 51% Renewables Portfolio Standard for the City of San Francisco’s CCA service by 2017, while maintaining competitive utility bills.

Local Power will prepare the RFP after completing a cost model, deployment schedule, and documentation of potential renewable energy development sites.

“San Francisco has long been the vanguard of Local Power’s vision of green municipal public works and community control of energy,” says Paul Fenn, Founder and President of Local Power.

"The SFPUC’s recent Notice-To-Proceed to Local Power Inc. tasks us with making this vision Shovel-Ready, analysing and mapping detailed data, surveying and polling energy use, designing the localisation roll-out and conceptual process, finalising a financial model and scaling projects accordingly, and preparing term sheets and a bundle of RFPs for issuance in late 2012. This work promises to make San Francisco the world leader in green power, substantially reducing greenhouse gas pollution, and making innovative green technologies the standard rather than the exception, and creating new local green jobs here in San Francisco – all while maintaining competitive power bills.”

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