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Study: Mpls. can reduce emissions and stay with Xcel

| Written by ILSR Admin | No Comments | Updated on Feb 22, 2014 The content that follows was originally published on the Institute for Local Self-Reliance website at https://ilsr.org/study-mpls-reduce-emissions-stay-xcel/

Minnesota Public Radio, February 22, 2014

A study has found Minneapolis can reduce its greenhouse gas emissions without going through the expensive process of creating its own electric utility.

Minneapolis commissioned the $250,000 study last year amid a push from environmentalists to end the city’s relationship with Xcel Energy.

The study recommended the city instead negotiate an agreement with Xcel to buy greener forms of energy. John Farrell, a spokesman for the group Minneapolis Energy Options, said that could be a good compromise.

“You know, it wouldn’t involve shaking things up too much, but on the other hand it would really give a chance for the utilities to come forward and offer what they can do to help the city meet its energy goals,” he said.

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