Skip to comments.Minneapolis urged to study city-owned utilities, replacing Xcel and CenterPoint
Posted on 06/22/2013 6:31:30 AM PDT by TurboZamboni
It is a simple question without a simple answer: Should Minneapolis be its own power company?
Delegates at last weekend's Minneapolis DFL convention passed a resolution supporting an initiative to study whether Minnesota's largest city has anything to gain by going into the utility business.
The passage provided momentum to the proposal, borne of a coalition of green-energy groups. Their goal: compel Xcel Energy to step up efforts to provide clean, affordable electricity -- and CenterPoint Energy to provide more affordable natural gas -- or get the city to provide it.
"Our campaign is not saying we should kick Xcel Energy or CenterPoint Energy out of town," said Dylan Kesti, manager of the coalition, Minneapolis Energy Options. "We want to work with the utilities, since they are corporate citizens of our community.
"But we want them to be responsible corporate citizens. If they would give us clean-energy concessions and local economic investment in the local green-energy economy, we'd be obliged to work with them."
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"mission creep". soon local gubbamint will make you breakfast and wipe your backside,too.(but good luck getting your potholes fixed or street plowed)
Danger, Will Robinson,, danger.
There is no lower level of incompetency than that of a liberal bureaucrat.
Prepare for incalculable raises in your electric rates.
The residents of Minneapolis must not realize that in the bitter winter of 2010 in TX, the thousands of windmills on the TX Plains did not produce much energy. TX had to buy electric power from “our good friends” in Mexico, who charged triple rates because they could.
Socialists are worse than the Mafia at denying what is obvious to all.
I’d call this another opportunity for thousands of new jobs with the city power company. Good, safe, union jobs.
I thought they were talking about excel worksheet and power point!
All the vestiges of civilization have been given over to Big Brother, who dispenses or withholds them at his whim.
I remember there was a trash burner in downtown Mpls some years ago.
Maybe the air around it wasn’t green enough.
Guess it would simplify them putting a “smart meter” on your house.
City utilities is a slam dunk winner for any urban political machine.
A new corps of well paid unionized employees paying dues and campaign contributions, with a strong allegiance to Democrat politicians for their livelihood.
The Democratic [sic] party fix is in.
new corps of well paid unionized employees paying dues and campaign contributions, with a strong allegiance to Democrat politicians for their livelihood.
And, since they will be a monopoly, the government can charge the rate holders whatever rates they wish to and “need” to fund all the featherbedding and minimal work, highly paid positions that will be filled with their friends.
The smart meter thing is coming whether it’s a public utility or not.