San Francisco, CA— The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has received the Century Award from the American Public Power Association
(APPA), an honor that celebrates the City’s 100 years of producing clean, reliable energy for customers in San Francisco.
“We are honored to receive this recognition,” said SFPUC General Manager Harlan L. Kelly Jr. “For a century, the City of San Francisco has received dependable, affordable and clean electricity service. We look forward to serving our customers for the next 100 years.”
Established in 1987, the Century Award is given each year to public power utilities that have served their community continuously for 100 years. This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Hetch Hetchy Power System generating greenhouse gas-free hydroelectricity, which is used to provide energy for San Francisco’s streetlights, MUNI vehicles, schools, City Hall, the San Francisco Zoo, libraries, the San Francisco International Airport and more.
In 2016, the SFPUC expanded its electricity programs by launching CleanPowerSF, which provides renewable energy from sources like wind and solar to residents and businesses. CleanPowerSF powers more than 100,000 San Francisco residents and businesses today, a total that is expected to rise to 360,000 by next year. With the help of CleanPowerSF, San Francisco is well on its way to meeting the City’s goals of reaching 50 percent renewable energy by 2020 and 100 percent renewable energy by 2030.
“Public power systems like the Hetch Hetchy Power System are an expression of the American ideal of local people working together to meet their community’s needs,” said Sue Kelly, President & CEO of APPA. “Like schools, parks, police and fire protection, they are governed locally and operated to provide an essential public service.”
To celebrate 100 years of power, the SFPUC has led several public events and activities. Earlier this year, the agency hosted an interactive exhibit at SF History Day at the Old Mint
, and in October, SFPUC representatives will lead an evening program on the history of the Hetch Hetchy Power System at the California Historical Society
This week, SFPUC employees will be handing free sno-cones made from Hetch Hetchy water to residents and visitors across San Francisco. For more information on the event and sno-cone locations, visit www.ourcityourpower.org
About the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) is a department of the City and County of San Francisco. It delivers drinking water to 2.7 million people in the San Francisco Bay Area, collects and treats wastewater for the City and County of San Francisco, and generates clean power for municipal buildings, residents and businesses. The SFPUC mission is to provide customers with high quality, efficient and reliable water, power, and sewer services in a manner that values environmental and community interests and sustains the resources entrusted to our care. Learn more at www.sfwater.org.
About the American Public Power Association
The American Public Power Association is the voice of not-for-profit, community-owned utilities that power 2,000 towns and cities nationwide. It represents public power before the federal government to protect the interests of more than 49 million people that public power utilities serve and the 93,000 people they employ. The APPA advocates and advises on electricity policy, technology, trends, training and operations. Its members strengthen their community by providing superior service, engaging citizens and instilling pride in community-owned power.