Long awaited news in San Francisco this morning, 11.09.2009:
San Francisco Requests Bids for an Alternative to PG&E: Local Power-Assisted RFP Seeks New 51% Green Power Supply for Residents & Businesses, 360 MW of Local Green Power
San Francisco, CA, November 09, 2009 --(PR.com)-- The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) today released a Request for Proposals authorized by City leaders to implement the Community Choice Aggregation Program, known as CleanPowerSF. . . Co-drafted by the San Francisco Local Agency Formation Commission (LAFCo) with technical assistance of Local Power, Inc. following a decade of preparation, the RFP invites bids to provide a new electricity service to San Franciscans that consists of 51% renewable energy and demand technologies by 2017, and provides municipal financing for development of at least 360 Megawatts of new solar photovoltaics, smart grid, local wind, cogeneration, energy efficiency technologies and other local green power."
And, San Francisco's clean energy legislation, unlike the federal government's, is non-nuclear.
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However, the City's new energy policy conflicts with that of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the City's 8th District
Congressional Representative, for the past 23 years, and, one of the nation's leading advocates of nuclear power. In 2007, Pelosi described herself as born again nuclear and supported the failed attempt to overturn California's ban on new nuclear plant construction.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
Pelosi's steely-eyed engineering of a war funding majority may be her most glaring mismatch with the majority in her hometown, and with its new clean energy policy:
How many Stealth bombers, Predator drones, attack helicopters, cluster bombs, Cruise missiles, Massive Ordinance Air Blast bombs, nuclear powered subs and aircraft carriers, and nuclear warheads, can we manufacture with solar, wind, or tidal power?
The MQ-9 Reaper drone has a 950-shaft-horsepower (712 kW) turboprop engine, far more powerful than the Predator's 115 hp (86 kW) piston engine. The increase in power allows the Reaper to carry 15 times more ordnance and cruise at three times the speed of the MQ-1 Predator drone. Hard to build with clean power, but nuclear will do. Hard to fuel with anything but kerosene based jet fuel, but maybe CTL, coal-to-liquid transportation fuel will do. The Pentagon is already the world's largest consumer of CTL, purchased from the world's largest CTL producer, the SASOL Corporation of South Africa.
Ann Garrison is an independent journalist based in the San Francisco Bay Area. In 2014, she received the Victoire Ingabire Umuhoza Democracy and Peace Prize for her reporting on conflict in the African Great Lakes region. She can be reached at (more...)