San Francisco, CA Resolution Urging Nationwide Mobilization of Renewable Energy Resources

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Type: Resolution

Status: Adopted on 6/12/01

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Resolution urging nationwide mobilization of renewable energy resources, beyond the requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, to stabilize atmospheric conditions and to mitigate the ecological and economic damage and injury to human life caused by global warming.

WHEREAS, Global climate change is destroying ecosystems all over the world and poses a grave threat to human life; and

WHEREAS, Carbon dioxide, one of the most prevalent of these greenhouse gases, stays in the atmosphere for more than a century and greatly contributes to global warming; and

WHEREAS, Requirements set forth in the Kyoto Protocol, which call for industrial countries to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions by 5% below the 1990 levels in the commitment period 2008 to 2012, are woefully inadequate to slow the accelerating pace of carbon dioxide emissions; and

RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors urges a nationwide mobilization of renewable energy resources, beyond requirements of the Kyoto Protocol, to mitigate the ecological and economic damage and injury to human life caused by global warming; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Supervisors promote the goals established in President Bill Clinton’s 1996 “Car Talk” commission, namely an increase over a 10-year period in CAFE standards from the present 27.5 miles per gallon to 45 mpg for cars and from the present 20.7 to 34 mpg for light trucks; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Board of Supervisors cooperate with other cities in establishing an ad hoc or permanent association of coastal cities, whose purpose is to advocate any city, state or federal legislation protective of coast cities against global warming or any other environmental threat; and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Clerk of the Board forward a copy of this resolution to members of the State Legislature and of the United States Congress representing San Francisco.

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April 19, 2016

Press Release:

San Francisco Board of Supervisors Unanimously Passes Green Legislation to Require Solar Power on New Buildings

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Renewable energy ordinance makes San Francisco first major city in the country requiring solar panels be installed on new construction.

San Francisco  —  Today the Board of Supervisors unanimously passed Supervisor Scott Wiener’s legislation to require solar panels be installed on new residential and commercial buildings constructed in San Francisco. This legislation makes San Francisco the first major city in the country to require solar to be installed on new construction. This legislation will help move San Francisco towards its goal of meeting 100% of the City’s electricity demand with renewable energy.

“By increasing our use of solar power, San Francisco is once again leading the nation in the fight against climate change and the reduction of our reliance on fossil fuels,” said Supervisor Wiener. “Activating underutilized roof space is a smart and efficient way to promote the use of solar energy and improve our environment. We need to continue to pursue aggressive renewable energy policies to ensure a sustainable future for our city and our region.”

The legislation has the support of the San Francisco Commission on the Environment, the U.S. Green Buildings Council, the Building Inspection Commission, and Brightline Defense, a non-profit that supports the creation of sustainable environments in low-income communities and communities of color.

Under existing state law, California’s Title 24 Energy Standards require 15% of roof area on new small and mid-sized buildings to be “solar ready,” which means the roof is unshaded by the proposed building itself, and free of obtrusions. This state law applies to all new residential and commercial buildings of 10 floors or less.

Supervisor Wiener’s ordinance builds on this state law by requiring this 15% of “solar ready” roof area to have solar actually installed. This can take the form of either solar photovoltaic or solar water panels, both of which supply 100% renewable energy.

Mayor Ed Lee and former Mayor Gavin Newsom have both pushed for a policy that San Francisco meet 100% of its electricity demands through renewable energy. The Department of the Environment and the Environment Commission have been tasked with supporting and creating programs that satisfy this policy, including promoting the use of solar energy.

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Solar Vision 2020 -

"Solar Vision 2020 is the roadmap we need to reach a greenhouse gas-free electric system by 2030. Solar is not only about reducing harmful carbon emissions that significantly contribute to climate change and air pollution – it's also about creating good-paying clean energy jobs, increasing property value, and making the City more affordable for residents in the form of reduced energy bills," said Supervisor David Chiu. "Together, we as a City can continue to be a leader in the solar energy movement."

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Via New York Times, December 14, 2010

San Francisco Eyes Goal of 100% Green Power by 2020 --

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Mandatory Energy Audit Every Five Years

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