In Minnesota Reformer: State Regulators Need to Take a Tougher Line on Gas Monopolies

Date: 30 Mar 2021 | posted in: Energy | 0 Facebooktwitterredditmail

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.

Read the full article here. 

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John Farrell directs the Energy Democracy initiative at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance and he develops tools that allow communities to take charge of their energy future, and pursue the maximum economic benefits of the transition to 100% renewable power.

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