Earl’s is the FIRST Business to Sign Up for SuperGreen, CleanPowerSF
Members of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors joined the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), Earl’s Organic Produce and the San Francisco Produce Market on Tuesday, February 17th to celebrate the official launch of CleanPowerSF, a program that enables San Francisco businesses and residences to purchase 100% renewable energy from the grid. We are proud to announce Earl’s Organic Produce is the FIRST business to sign up for SuperGreen, CleanPowerSF’s 100% California certified renewable energy program! Watch the video here.
Beginning in May, the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), through its CleanPowerSF program, will become the electricity provider for small and medium commercial electric accounts in the southeast and central part of the City. Additional enrollment phases will follow until every electricity customer has been offered CleanPowerSF, making the SFPUC the default electricity supplier for the City and County of San Francisco.
“With cleaner energy that will cost less at its launch, CleanPowerSF is an historic step that will help us further reduce our City’s greenhouse gas emissions and combat climate change,” said San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee. “CleanPowerSF also provides added opportunity to invest in green infrastructure and create local jobs that will help shape a cleaner future for our City and our residents.”
Kat Vining, Director of Sustainability & Compliance, and the Earl’s team were instrumental in signing up Earl’s Organic as the first customer of CleanPowerSF. How did this all come about? Below is Kat’s speech to the press and the SF Board of Supervisors.
“We’ve been organic company for over 27 years and values and integrity have always been central to our business model. But two years ago we went through an extensive visioning process to look at where we stood, where we wanted to be, and identify what we needed to be doing in order to bridge those gaps. At this time we set some BHAGS- big hairy audacious goals. So we set our sights high on becoming a zero waste facility that was 100% renewably powered and carbon neutral. These goals were really a no-brainer- organic produce and clean energy fit hand in hand.
We’ve made huge strides towards our goal of zero waste in the last few years- we are now up at about a 97% diversion rate. And with a number of retrofit projects to our cooler doors, our refrigeration fan motors, and our warehouse and office lighting, we’ve reduced our energy consumption by over 40%. (I’d like to give a shout out to PG&E and SF Energy Watch for making this possible). We’re looking eventually towards on-sight renewable power generation to reduce our consumption from the grid even further, but we operate a 33,000 square foot refrigerated warehouse running 24 hours a day, so there will likely always be to an amount of energy that we cannot offset ourselves. This is why we are so pleased to have Clean Power SF available to us. We still have a long way to go towards carbon neutrality. But this program will be a huge component for us reaching our Big Hairy Audacious Goal of being 100% renewably powered. What’s even better is how little effort it required on our part to sign up and participate in the program. It is for this reason that I am proud to announce Earl’s will be one of the very first commercial clients to sign up for SuperGreen! In just a short while our facility will be 100% renewably powered!
Now, we’re not the only ones with a goal of 100% renewable energy- the city of San Francisco has set its sights on 100% renewable energy by 2025. With the adoption of services from CleanPowerSF by local businesses like Earl’s and city residents, I have no doubt this will be possible. I am enormously proud of the PUC for making this option available to San Francisco residents and businesses and I’m so excited to see what this program can do.”
Look for updates from Kat on CleanPowerSF and Earl’s Organic after the program launch in May.