Winter 2009-2010 RFP Response and Contract Negotiation
Power Choice LLC ( later Power Choice Inc.) submitted a response to the City and County of San Francisco’s (CCSF) Request for Proposals for CCA services. The Power Choice bid was selected by CCSF and the parties quickly began negotiations towards a contract to serve the retail electric requirements of the City and County – some 760 Mw on Peak.
Power Choice Inc. was formed in February of 2010 and promptly received Market Based Rate Approval (MBR) from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in May 2010.
After completing contract negotiations, and with a completed contract submitted to the City Counsel for its first reading, the City suspended its contracting efforts to re-group. The re-group was, in part caused by the failure of PG&E’s Prop 17 at the ballot box on June 7, 2010. Prop 17 would have required any government agency desiring to change electric providers (from PG&E) to receive a 2/3 vote of the populous before such a switch could occur. It became apparent that the City was hedging its bets, expecting the Power Choice contract for services to be grandfathered and not subject to the 2/3 vote. When Prop 17 was defeated, the City no longer needed a grandfathered service provider. Some 6 years later, CCSF does not yet have an operational CCA.