U.S. Department of Energy - Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
Water Power Program
San Francisco to Provide Green Power to an Entire Neighborhood
December 20, 2006
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) will soon supply
100 percent green power to a neighborhood that is now under
construction. Under an agreement approved on December 14th, the SFPUC and
Lennar BVHP, the site developer, will create a "Green Public Power
Community" on a 93-acre parcel located at the former Hunters Point
Naval Shipyard. The neighborhood will include more than 1,600 new
residential units and 300,000 square feet of commercial and retail
space. Initially, the SFPUC will supply solar and hydroelectric power
to the community, but as new technologies become available, this and
other future green power communities will be first in line for other
green power sources.
Under the new agreement, SFPUC will procure and provide energy
services to the community and ensure that rates charged to residents
and businesses in the new neighborhood are the same or lower than
current retail and commercial electric rates. As part of the
agreement, Lennar BVHP will contribute $2 million towards the cost of
providing renewable energy to customers in the new neighborhood. The
Lennar funds could possibly be allocated towards the construction of
rooftop solar facilities within the development. See the
SFPUC press release
Hunters Point Shipyard Web site.
A number of recent reports have found continued growth in the green
power market. Two reports issued in November by DOE's National
Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) found that green power sales
brokered by utilities grew by 40 percent in 2005, while total green
power sales increased 37 percent. Due to a growth in sales of
renewable energy credits to businesses, the non-residential market for
green power exceeded the residential market for the first time that
year. Green power sales certified by the "Green-e" program of the
Center for Resource Solutions (CRS) saw a similar trend, up 43 percent
in 2005. As of 2005, voluntary green power purchases were supporting
2,500 megawatts of renewable power, of which 2,000 megawatts were new
renewable projects. Not ready to settle for that, the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is challenging Fortune 500
companies to double their green power purchases this year. See the
NREL reports, "Trends in Utility Green Pricing Programs (2005)"
(PDF 811 KB)
and "Green Power Marketing in the United States: A Status Report (Ninth Edition)"
(PDF 1.5 MB),
the CRS press release,
and the EPA Fortune 500 Green Power Challenge.
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