Public Power Week: Manuel Ramirez Brings Public Power to New Local Projects

Manuel Ramirez doesn’t need a crystal ball to glean insights of the future for Hetch Hetchy Power, San Francisco’s public power utility. He’s already planning for it.  As the Manager for Redevelopment Projects, Manuel and his team build out new electrical infrastructure so Hetch Hetchy Power can energize large redevelopment projects in San Francisco. Specifically,…

Public Power for Public Housing? In San Francisco, It’s Already a Reality.

The transition to clean energy has many positive impacts – cleaner air, lowered greenhouse gas emissions, and job creation. Unfortunately, these benefits are often realized in wealthier and whiter communities first, resulting in a disparity in access to clean energy and its benefits for low-income communities and communities of color. In addition, these communities are…

Celebrating Hetch Hetchy Power During #PublicPowerWeek

At the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, we celebrate a lot of environmental holidays, from World Water Day to Pollution Prevention Week. But one of our favorites is an event you probably never heard of—Public Power Week! From October 4 to 10, we’re celebrating our very own public power utility, Hetch Hetchy Power. For over 100 years, Hetch…

Stay Home and Fight Climate Change from Your Couch

As many San Franciscans continue to shelter in place in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, it means some of us are spending more time working, parenting, cooking, and binge-watching TV at home. Keeping the lights on longer at home might not seem like a big deal, but greenhouse gas emissions from our electricity use do…

How a Little-Known Powerhouse Keeps San Francisco Running

Moccasin Powerhouse is situated near the base of beautiful rolling hills along a creek in Tuolumne County 130 miles east of San Francisco. Unbeknownst to many a visitor passing by, it is a vital resource in the City & County of San Francisco’s Regional Water and Power System. One of three hydroelectric power plants operated…

SFPUC Installs New Equipment to Help Customers on Treasure Island

The SFPUC, along with the Treasure Island Development Authority (TIDA), is working to install new equipment and improve power reliability on Treasure Island. Specifically, the goals are to limit outages, minimize the number of customers affected by outages that do occur, and improve repair times. The SFPUC began the process last month with the installation…