Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Being Green versus Making Green

What happens in San Francisco typically stays in San Francisco - - very hard to imagine this as the model for the rest of the U.S. - -

"Going green: San Francisco's plan to "go green" will likely cost the typical city consumer about $9 more a month - with most of the money going to Shell Energy, which will be providing the renewable energy.

Under the plan approved by City Hall, 50,000 to 90,000 households will automatically be enrolled in the green program, but all will have four opportunities to opt out at no cost.

Those who decide to go green can expect to see their electric bills rise by 23 percent.

But because everyone will theoretically benefit from environmental goals of going green, the controller is suggesting a tax be put on the electric bills of those who opt to stay with PG&E to help balance out the costs and get them to conserve.

Any tax like that would have to be approved by the voters."

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/matier-ross/article/Oakland-billboard-perk-may-blight-city-3764848.php#ixzz22p8Ow4zP

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