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WSJ: Green Energy Mandate Creates San Francisco Power Woes

Monday, 26 Aug 2013 12:35 PM

By Dan Weil

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Government requirements for renewable energy are to blame for creating power problems in San Francisco, a Wall Street Journal editorial claimed Monday.

A wildfire threatening the Yosemite National Park, where the city gets much of its water and power, has just highlighted the problems, the paper says.

"Gov. Jerry Brown on Friday called a 'state of emergency' in San Francisco because a distant wildfire threatens the city's electricity supply," Journal editors write. "Like so many other emergencies in California, this one is government-made and a warning about its green political obsessions."

The fire raging in the Yosemite area led the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission to close two hydropower plants and the transmission lines that provide the electricity for its municipal buildings.

"The utility commission assured residents over the weekend that it doesn't anticipate service interruptions because it can purchase power on the open market — though so far at a $600,000 premium," the editorial states.

"The bigger disaster, according to the utility, is that it 'has been unable to generate and transmit clean, greenhouse gas-free hydroelectric power' and must rely on natural gas-fired plants. This contravenes the utility's 100 percent renewable-energy goal."


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