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.