Plan to improve Tenderloin streetlights on hold amid PG&E-watchdog dispute [SF Chronicle]

 
Screen shot of the phased installment plant for the Tenderloin Pedestrian Lighting Project. Download the full Info Sheet from SF Water Power and Sewer here. 

Screen shot of the phased installment plant for the Tenderloin Pedestrian Lighting Project. Download the full Info Sheet from SF Water Power and Sewer here

 

Despite construction beginning on Larkin, with notices sent shortly after to Hyde Street, it appears this much anticipated project has hit yet another snag.

From SF Chronicle's J.K. Dineen:

A long-delayed plan to illuminate some of the Tenderloin’s darkest blocks with bright new streetlights is on hold once again, the victim of a dispute between Pacific Gas and Electric Co. and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission.

The utilities commission, which owns the streetlights in the 25-block Tenderloin project area, is accusing PG&E of quadrupling the connection fees it charges to tap into its power distribution grid.

The SFPUC says the utility wants to charge $107,000 for the work, a “fourfold increase in the cost for this type of connection,” according to letters from the commission to PG&E. The commission says it has repeatedly asked PG&E for an explanation of the increased costs but hasn’t gotten an answer. . . 

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