SPUR Comments on “Peaker” Combustion Turbine Power Plants

Letter urging the SF Board of Supervisors to reject a contract to install and operate “peaker” plants

Policy Letter January 16, 2008

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s proposed contract with J-Power to operate “peaker” combustion turbine power plants in southeast San Francisco is a harmful and short-sighted solution to local energy production and reliability. Peakers are expensive and polluting, and the southeast neighborhoods have long borne the brunt of the city’s environmental health hazards. San Francisco can meet reliability goals through new cable projects, energy efficiency and demand management. We urge the Board of Supervisors to reject peakers and the contract.

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