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San Francisco announces plan to switch commercial buildings to 100 percent renewable energy

Christian Fernsby |
San Francisco Mayor London N. Breed commemorated Earth Day by announcing a plan to transition private commercial buildings of 50,000 square feet and larger to 100 percent renewable electricity.

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Almost half of San Francisco’s citywide emissions come from buildings, and half of those emissions come from the commercial sector.

San Francisco has already reduced its greenhouse gas emissions 36 percent below 1990 levels.

The new clean electricity requirement will be the first in the nation and will reduce emissions from the City’s largest commercial buildings by an additional 21 percent to accelerate San Francisco’s drive towards 100 percent renewable electricity by 2030.

Joining Mayor Breed for this announcement were representatives from the Sierra Club and local environmental organizations.

The plan calls for the City’s largest commercial buildings to procure 100 percent renewable electricity from any of the City’s electricity providers by 2022. Then, starting in 2024, additional buildings would be subject to the requirement, eventually encompassing all commercial buildings 50,000 square feet or larger.

The potential for an emissions-free, all-electric City, starts with 100 percent renewable electricity initiatives like the one Mayor Breed outlined today.

San Francisco’s emissions primarily come from the transportation (46 percent) and building sectors (44 percent).

A clean electric grid will accelerate electric vehicle adoption and the City’s transition away from fossil fuel sources of energy.

This initiative will help achieve Mayor Breed’s Global Climate Action Summit commitment for net zero emissions by 2050.

The legislation is co-sponsored by Supervisors Vallie Brown and Ahsha Safaí.

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