The Minneapolis Energy Options campaign explores affordable utilities.

MPIRG’s effort turns to energy for Mpls.

The Minneapolis Energy Options campaign explores affordable utilities.

The Minnesota Daily By Hailey Colwell

March 27, 2013

Although Minneapolis Public Interest Research Group members no longer carry around “vote no” stickers on their clipboards, they can still be found on the Washington Avenue Bridge asking students to sign postcards.

This time, their mission is getting University of Minnesota student support to help them change the future of Minneapolis energy.

MPIRG is teaming up with Minneapolis Energy Options to push the city to evaluate a range of energy possibilities before locking into a new long-term utility contract with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy. Among the coalition’s top priorities are lowering utility rates, expanding renewable energy generation and increasing citizen control of the local energy system.

The city currently holds 20-year utility franchise agreements with Xcel for electricity and CenterPoint for natural gas. Both agreements expire at the end of 2014. As negotiations for new agreements develop, the coalition is working to bring MEO’s resolution onto precinct caucus ballots.

Campaigners have approached Minneapolis City Council members for public endorsements, campaign manager Dylan Kesti said. The coalition is also reaching out to small businesses and community organizations, encouraging members to present the issue at their precinct caucuses, he said.

Kesti said a number of City Council members have publicly endorsed the campaign. This may be because its resolution would not require the city to municipalize — or turn control over to citizens — its utilities, but rather list it as a possibility, he said.

 

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Spring Into Action: Caucus For MEO on April 16

 

A critical step in moving the campaign forward is getting our MEO resolution endorsed though the Minneapolis Caucus process.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 16, 7PM
WHAT: Precinct Caucus
WHERE: YOUR Neighborhood (locations TBD) 

At the Precinct Caucus in your neighborhood, citizens gather to discuss issues and candidates, and to elect delegates to the next conventions. Whether you are a longtime caucus attendee or have never heard of them before, this is a great way to meet your neighbors and get involved on a grassroots level of democracy.

Register HERE to let us know you can attend your Precinct Caucus to introduce our resolution!

Ready to help the campaign bring this resolution further? Plan to volunteer to be a delegate to your Ward Convention at your Precinct Caucus.

Want to present a resolution but have questions? We will be holding caucus trainings in the coming weeks – more details soon!

Together we can secure a clean, affordable, reliable, and local energy future for Minneapolis!

~Minneapolis Energy Options 

P.S. Presenting a resolution is just one way to get involved with the campaign. Plug into other MEO volunteer opportunities HERE!


Stand For Clean Energy at Minneapolis Community Forum

In Minneapolis, energy costs are rising and energy pollution is causing significant local and global problems. In Minneapolis we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to make cleaner, more affordable, and more local energy available to all in Minneapolis.

In 2014 the city of Minneapolis will be renegotiating a contract with its electric and gas utilities. It’s an opportunity to change the status quo as we embark on a conversation that will chart a new energy future for the city and its residents and businesses.

In this moment of great opportunity to negotiate new 20 year franchise agreements with Xcel Energy and Center Point Energy, Minneapolis Energy Options  (MEO) stands to keep our city’s energy options open so we can secure an affordable, reliable, clean, efficient, and locally-controlled energyfuture for all.

MEO is working to help the city meet our climate change goals of reducing citywide greenhouse gas emissions 15 percent by 2015, and 30 percent by 2025. We want to use our energy dollars to pay for clean, local, and renewable energy instead of importing polluting energy. We want to eliminate the human and environmental health impacts from polluting energy that disproportionately impact low-income communities and communities of color.

We can do this through increasing investment of local economic development in clean and green jobs that help us meet the City of Minneapolis climate goals and will reduce energy costs.

Join your neighbors & MEO as we work to secure a Clean,
Affordable, Reliable, and Local Energy future for all!

Ward 9 Community Forum with Minneapolis Energy Options 

When: Wednesday, March 6th, 2013 @ 6:30PM

Where: Corcoran Neighborhood Organization
3451 Cedar Ave S. Minneapolis MN 55407

Eventbrite - Ward 9 Community Forum with Minneapolis Energy Options

Take part in the movement and help move Minneapolis Energy Forward!

Join MEO HERE!

@MplsEnergyOpts #MplsEnergyforward

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Your Xcel Energy Bill is Going UP and MEO Talked About it on WCCO

When you went to pay your power bill you might have noticed that Xcel Energy customers in Minneapolis are now paying 9 percent more for electricity as of January 1, 2013.

According to a press release from Xcel Energy in November of 2012 and a December 2012 Star TribuneArticle, starting January 1, 2013 a typical residential customer will pay about $8 more per month due to the Xcel’s rate increase.

In the December 13, 2012 Star Tribune Article, “Xcel says the increase is needed to recoup investments in its two nuclear power plants, counter a drop in electric sales and pay for other power plant and transmission upgrades as well as higher property taxes.”

Minneapolis Energy Options (MEO) sat down with WCCO today to discuss the Xcel rate case and why Minneapolis residents shouldn’t be paying more to use less energy. Xcel stated that it needed to recoup the profits to counter a drop in electric sales due to consumers using less. MEO thinks residents should get rewarded for using less energy not have to pay more.

Watch the video below and hear the whole story and click HERE to learn more about how you can work with Minneapolis Energy Options to secure a Clean, Affordable, Reliable, and Local Energy future for all. 

Watch Video Here: CBS/WCCO Interim Xcel Rate Hike Showing Up In Electricity Bills

Lets keep our options open!


Listen In to Learn More About Minneapolis Energy Options

John Farrell spoke to the Stone Arch discussion forum of the local DFL Education Foundation on January 12, 2013, about  the Minneapolis Energy Options campaign to let the people of Minneapolis take charge of their energy future. The grassroots campaign is challenging the energy monopoly of Xcel and Centerpoint Energy and hopes to give the city’s homes and businesses a clean, local alternative to dirty, imported energy.

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The linked podcast is a segment from the Stone Arch Discussion Group, a project of the DFL Education Foundation. It was recorded on January 12, 2013, at Gardens of Salonica in NE Minneapolis. Production services provided by Minneapolis-based multimedia company iDream.tv.