Last Fossil Fuel Power Plant In San Francisco
Shut Down, February 2011
In 2007, an alliance founded by
Our City and other
environmental and social justice groups won passage of
local legislation to run the City on clean, renewable
electricity. This historic victory made clear
that San Francisco should no longer rely on polluting
fossil fuel plants for its electricity supply.
But San Francisco's Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC)
unfathomably continued to allow the four decades old
Potrero Hill Power Plant to run, burning noxious natural
gas and diesel fuel, and heavily polluting the Potrero
and Bayview Hunters Point neighborhoods.
Worse still, the SFPUC outrageously argued that to close that old plant and still maintain a stable electricity supply, it was necessary to build another polluting natural gas plant right on the doorstep of the already disproportionately polluted and economically marginalized Bayview Hunters Point.
To put a stop to this unacceptable plan, Our City founded a coalition
with Brightline Defense Project, Sierra Club, San
Francisco Green Party and over 20 other environmental
and social justice organizations, to put an end to
fossil fuel power plants in San Francisco.
By 2008, this coalition succeeded
in forcing the SFPUC to cancel construction of the new
gas power plant. And in the course of that
campaign, we clearly established that the Potrero plant
could also be closed without threatening San Francisco's
The coalition then allied with the Potrero Hill
Boosters and other neighborhood organizers who had long
fought to close the plant, and on February 28, 2011, the
Potrero Hill Power Plant was at last shut down for good.