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I Learned A New Word Today [Sep. 3rd, 2013|07:48 pm]
Kelly J. Cooper
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This is interesting. Boulder, Colorado wants to move toward a more sustainable energy program and realized that their local utility (Xcel Energy, a monopoly) was slowing them down. They went around Xcel. Going around your utility to establish your own local electric utility is called Municipalization. I've never heard of it before.

Now it looks as if Xcel is trying to squash them flat. The pro-Municipalization effort made this 6 minute video to talk about the basics and to promote their Indiegogo campaign (http://igg.me/at/localpower) which is funding their IN REAL LIFE campaign of education with regard to the confusing measure to kill the Municipalization effort that Xcel managed to get on the ballot. (Dark Patterns, anyone? This is also a good summary of Dark Patterns). Anyway, they've met their funding goal and are now doing the stretch goal thing.

They've also published Xcel's playbook (which appears to have originally been written by Edison Electric Institute) on how to fight Municipalization here: http://neweracolorado.org/textbook


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[User Picture]From: jason237
2013-09-04 08:43 am (UTC)
Palo Alto is as well.
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[User Picture]From: r_ness
2013-09-10 01:04 pm (UTC)
Chicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley, and Westfield all have municipal electric utilities. Apparently they did pretty well during Hurricane Sandy: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/10/hurricane_sandy_creates_minima.html

Digging a little more I found this list of members of the MMWEC: http://www.mmwec.org/member-utility.html
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