In the News: John Farrell
March 26, 2021
Media Outlet: Minnesota Reformer
In the Minnesota Reformer, ILSR Co-Director and Director of the Energy Democracy Initiative John Farrell writes about how Minnesota state regulators need to enact stricter rules and regulations on gas monopolies, such as CenterPoint Energy. John outlines several possible actions regulators could take to protect consumers, such as requiring utilities to ease the burden on captive customers when gas prices spike, substantially increasing requirements for weatherizing homes, and adopting a “stretch” code, with more ambitious energy savings for new buildings.
As Minnesotans, we can’t choose our gas company, but our legislators and state regulators can tighten their oversight of these monopoly companies to protect us and make moves to wean us off this risky fuel. We need to tell them that gas is energy we can’t afford.