This week, we hope that you like our commentary, published in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, and will share it around, especially to Governor Mark Dayton of Minnesota, who has one last chance to assert the authority of his own Public Utility Commission.
Also, listen to the latest episode of the Building Local Power podcast, where our own Karlee Weinmann discusses “The Power and Perils of Cooperatives.”
Keep your energy local,
The proposed Sherco natural gas plant bill will soon be at Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton’s desk, give him a call and tell him you oppose this billion-dollar boondoggle. Call Gov. Mark Dayton at 651-201-3400 or email him at [email protected].
Cooperatives, and their unique ownership model, offer a great opportunity for democratic participation and great projects such as renewable energy and gigabit Internet service. Check out the latest episode ILSR’s podcast, Building Local Power.
A plan floated by Minnesota lawmakers to exempt rural electric cooperatives from virtually all regulatory oversight would allow these utilities to restrict development of local solar power, even where their member-owners support renewable energy.
This co-op in Iowa is producing over 3,000 watts per customer. In the small community of Kalona, Iowa, where many Amish and Mennonite families shun electricity and cars, solar power is prolific.
Xcel Energy in Minnesota seems to have decided they know better than energy regulators, side-stepping the regulatory process to introduce legislation to build a new natural gas plant, sticking customers with the bill.
It’s simple to promote solar power as a money saver and clean alternative to fossil fuel generation. But it sells solar short to focus only on savings, when it also gives Americans the freedom to generate their own energy and to challenge the economic and political power of big corporations.