Vote for Decorah Municipal Utility Falls Short, But Local Energy Advocates Persist

Date: 31 May 2018 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The final referendum results in May 2018 were stunningly close, with local organizers coming within three votes of advancing an effort for a municipal electric utility in the small town of Decorah, Iowa. The incumbent monopoly utility outspent local activists by a 4-to-1 margin, overwhelming local organizing despite a study that suggested electric customers could save 30% by switching to a locally owned utility.… Read More

Fort Collins, Colo. Municipal Utility Ballot Language Lives Through Legal Challenge

Date: 2 Oct 2017 | posted in: MuniNetworks | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Fort Collins’ ballot measure that could amend the City Charter allowing high-speed Internet to become a municipal utility moves forward after a short legal scuffle. The question will be decided at the November 7th special election. Failed Legal Petition … Read More

Municipal Utility Offers Springboard for Minnesota City’s Energy Vision – Episode 42 of Local Energy Rules Podcast

Date: 6 Mar 2017 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Sprouting from southeastern Minnesota farm country, the city of Rochester is an unassuming mini-metropolis best known for its world-famous Mayo Clinic. But the city is also home to the state’s largest municipal utility and an ambitious plan to ramp up renewable generation. In this 2017 episode of Local Energy Rules, John Farrell speaks with Rochester City Council-member Michael Wojcik.… Read More

Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s Solar Program

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) will buy excess solar-powered electricity produced by their customers at the retail rate. In 1993, the SMUD PV Pioneer program established a partnership with customers willing to assist in the early adoption of photovoltaic(PV) technology.… Read More

Los Angeles Uses Municipal Utility For GHG Reduction Targets

Date: 23 May 2007 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In mid-May, Los Angeles’ Mayor announced a new climate change action plan that calls for the LA municipal utility to increase its renewable energy portfolio to reach 35 percent by 2020. This in combination with about 50 other proposed actions will work to reduce GHG emissions in the city of angels to 35 percent below 1990 levels by 2030.

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LA Municipal Utility Will Ask Customers To Support Accelerated Renewable Energy Commitments

Date: 22 Dec 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

The Board of Water and Power Commissioners for the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP) wants the municipal utility to meet their renewable portfolio standard (RPS) seven years earlier than a previous goal required. LADWP will start meeting directly with neighborhood councils, homeowners, businesses and other stakeholders to discuss the plan.

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Iowa Municipal Utility Votes for 20 Percent Renewable Energy Standard

Date: 8 Dec 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In late November, the Waverly Light and Power (WLP) Board of Trustees unanimously voted to set a 20 percent renewable energy standard for the municipally-owned utility’s generation portfolio. Currently, the utility has 3.1 percent renewable generation and the new goal would raise that to 20 percent by 2020.

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Baintree’s Municipal Utility Testing On-Site Energy Systems for Residential Customers

Date: 2 Dec 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

Baintree Electric Light Department (BELD) is partnering with Climate Energy to install and test out a 1 kW Micro-CHP (combined heat and power) systems. The units consists of a natural gas-powered Honda generator tied to a high-efficiency furnace.

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Increased Municipal Utility Formation the Goal of Legislation in Massachusetts

Date: 10 Oct 2005 | posted in: Energy, Energy Self Reliant States | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

In an effort to clarify and strengthen state law, lawmakers in Massachusetts have introduced legislation to enhance the ability of communities to acquire electric distribution equipment from investor-owned utilities in order to form municipally-owned electric companies.

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