"It is still a question of rates," Mirkarimi said. It seems odd that such a major component of the plan hadn't been hammered out prior to June 8, particularly in light of statements by CleanPowerSF's cheerleaders, notably the writers and editors at the San Francisco Bay Guardian, to the effect that the program had been finalized and thus would be exempt from Prop. 16's voting requirement if the initiative were to pass.
As SF Weekly and others have reported, electricity rates are likely to be higher for customers under CleanPowerSF than under PG&E. The potential price hike is aggravated by the fact that city residents will automatically be enrolled in the program, without their say-so, and then required to opt out if they want to stay with PG&E.
Mirkarimi says he expects the details to be nailed down by July, adding that he's grateful for the extra breathing room provided by Prop. 16's failure. "The defeat of Prop. 16 gives us the air cover we need to advance without looking back over our shoulder to see PG&E's grim reaper coming to take us out," he said. We'll see what sort of electricity bills we're advancing towards.