San Francisco, CA, November 24, 2011 --(PR.com
)-- Local Power Inc. is pleased to announce that it has received a Notice-To-Proceed (under contract CS-920R-B, 2008) from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), to write several Requests for Proposals (RFPs) to deploy a minimum of 210 megawatts (MW) of distributed renewable and demand-side, in-City energy technologies to serve San Francisco residents and businesses by 2017 for the CleanPowerSF program. This work fulfills a decade of voter-approved mandates and Board of Supervisors’ 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 development sites, based on a detailed, bottom-up, technology-specific city-wide siting survey, using individual customer site and energy consumption data. Local Power will consult with SFPUC on its ongoing CleanPowerSF retail electricity service and customer phase-in strategy, such that “in-City” small format green power and "smart buildings" will replace conventional power plants as the City offers electricity service to increasing numbers of electricity customers.
“San Francisco has long been the vanguard of Local Power’s vision of green municipal public works and community control of energy,” said Paul Fenn, Founder and President of Local Power. Starting with a 1998 CCA Resolution and encouraged by voter approval of Local Power’s 2001 Proposition H revenue bond authority to finance renewables and conservation measures, San Francisco’s program gained definition when the Board of Supervisors adopted a 2004 CCA ordinance calling for development of 210 MW of green power In-City and 150 MW of wind power. This was expanded with adoption of Local Power's implementation plan in 2007, calling for a 51% Local Renewable Portfolio Standard adopted by 2007.
"Today, the SFPUC’s recent Notice-To-Proceed to Local Power Inc. tasks us with making this vision Shovel-Ready, analyzing and mapping detailed data, surveying and polling energy use, designing the localization rollout and conceptual process, finalizing 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.”
For over 16 years, Local Power has provided city and county governments and community organizations with expertise and innovation to enable local governments to take control of their energy future. Today Local Power Inc. focuses on helping communities achieve rapid, scaled transitions from centralized fossil fuel based power to distributed locally-owned renewable energy. Local Power Inc. has developed numerous additional strategies for energy localization whether by CCAs or municipal utilities, drafted the nation’s first renewable energy municipal revenue bond authority (City Charter Section 9.107.8) and has recently designed the nation’s first Localization Portfolio Standard (LPS) for the City of Boulder, Colorado, in 2011, after which voters approved a green municipal utility (2B, 2C) earlier this month. Apart from San Francisco and Boulder, Colorado, Local Power, Inc.’s current and previous clients include the Sonoma County Water Agency and the County of Sonoma, the California Energy Commission, the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (designing its Community Solar program in 2005), as well as the City of Chula Vista, and the Imperial Irrigation District. Local Power Inc.'s partners include San Luis Obispo County and Los Alamos National Laboratory’s carbon and grid modeling projects.
LPI founder and President Paul Fenn co-authored the nation’s first Community Choice Aggregation bill (and law, Massachusetts Senate 447, Montigny, 1995) and wrote California’s CCA law AB117 (Migden 2002). This law is the basis for the Marin Energy Authority, CleanPowerSF, Sonoma Clean Power, and other California CCA programs. Fenn’s other CCA laws include Massachusetts, Ohio, and New Jersey; states that have adopted similar CCA laws include Illinois and Rhode Island, with legislation introduced in Maryland and Pennsylvania. Currently CCAs serve over one million Americans. Hundreds of US cities are currently planning and implementing CCAs including: California: Arcata, Berkeley, Chula Vista, Davis, El Cerito, Emmeryville, Oakland, Marin County, Monterey County, Palm Desert, Solano County, Santa Cruz County, San Luis Obispo County, San Jose, Kings River Conservation District, Yolo County. Illinois: Oak Park, Evanston, Urbana, Oak Brook, Elburn, Campton Hills, Crest Hill, North Aurora, Grayslake, Algonquin, Arlington Heights, Glenwood, Ashton, Gurnee, Aurora, Hanover Park, Barrington, Harvard, Beecher, Harvey, Belvidere, Harwood Height, Bradley, Hazelcrest, Braidwood, Highland Park, Burr Ridge, Hinsdale, Buffalo Grove, Byron, Homewood, Carol Stream, Huntley, Carpentersville, Island Lake, Cary, Kankakee, Cherry Valley, Kendall County, Clarendon Hills, Lake Zurich, Coal City, LaGrange, Cortland, LaSalle, Crest Hill, Lena, Crete, Long Grove, Libertyville, Crystal Lake, Lincolnwood, Lincolnshire, Lindenhurst, Deerfield, Lisle, DeKalb, Lockport, DePue, Lombard, Diamond, Manhattan, Marengo, DuPage County, Marseilles, Elburn, Machesney Park, Elwood, Mendota, Erie, Minonk, Flossmoor, Minooka, Forest Park, Mokena, Forreston, Mount Morris, Milledgeville, Morris, Fox River Grove, Morrison, Franklin Park, Mundelein, Frankfort, New Lenox, Freeport, Norridge, Fulton, Northlake, Gardner, Gilberts, Oak Lawn, Glencoe, Olympia Fields, Glendale Hts., Orland Park, Glenview, Oswego, Park Forest, Park Ridge, Palatine, Peotone, Plainfield, Plano, Polo, Pontiac, Prophetstown, Richton Park, River Grove, Riverside, Rockford, Romeoville, Round Lake, Sandwich, Sauk Village, Schiller Park, Shabbona, Shorewood, South Elgin, Somonauk, South Holland, Spring Grove, Sterling, Sycamore, Sugar Grove, Tinley Park, Vernon Hills, Villa Park, Warrenville, Wauconda, West Chicago, West Dundee, Wheaton, Wheeling, Wilmette, Wood Dale, Woodridge, Worth, Yorkville. Massachusetts: The Cape Light Compact, Marlborough, Lowell, Medford, Plymouth County, Nantucket, Salem, Lancaster, Northhampton, Hampshire County. New Jersey: Bergen County. Ohio: Northeast Ohio Pubic Energy Council (nine counties and 100+ municipalities), Northwest Ohio Aggregation Coalition (Toledo and surrounding municipalities), Athens, Belpre, Canton, Jackson County, Cincinnati, Eaton, Newark, and Marietta.