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In an interesting development (and probably in response to Community Power's comments to state regulators that Xcel’s stakeholder sessions should be held at a time accessible to a wider range of interested individuals rather than only during work hours on weekdays), Xcel Energy is holding a "non-technical public informational Open House at an evening time. See Facebook Event page Xcel Set up.
Xcel is required to come up with a 15-year energy plan that looks at a wide range of scenarios of ways how Xcel can meet customers’ energy needs for the years 2019-2034. We want to ensure the scenarios they study includes giving a fair consideration for distributed renewable energy generation as well as questioning whether a utility with a 100% carbon free goal should be buying new natural gas plants .
On the website they created for the event, Xcel stated how "Public input is important to develop these plans" and also listed a basic agenda for the evening:
- What is an Integrated Resource Plan?
- How does it affect Xcel Energy customers?
- How can individuals get involved (on an ongoing basis)?
- What is the timeline?
This is a great opportunity to ask Xcel questions about its plans for the future and let them know what you would like to see.
It is critical to get folks in the room to provide feedback and put pressure on Xcel to develop the best plan.
To learn more about what Xcel’s Resource Plan is, what is at stake, why it matters and what we deserve from Xcel click here to take a look at our blogpost !
Light refreshments will be provided
For more information, contact Amber Hedlund at firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Power hosts second Energy Comedy Night with Theater of Public Policy!
6:00 pm - register + share your thoughts 6:25 pm Show Starts!
Every three years, electric utility Xcel Energy is required to create a 15-year energy that looks at a wide range of scenarios for how they can meet customers’ energy needs, which they bring to the Minnesota Public Utilities Commission for approval.
While there’s nothing funny about 65% of our power plants nearing retirement age, this event featuring expert panelists and a cast of improvisational comedians explains why there’s plenty to laugh about––and a lot at stake––in this purportedly public process.
Most importantly, we will provide you an opportunity for you to share your voice, priorities and ideas for our energy future in a fun and accessible way, both before, after the show and during the intermission !
Featuring panelists John Farrell, Mitra Jalali Nelson & Gabe Chan !
*Childcare and light food provided!
Sliding Scale Donation to Support the Event ($0-50 / person). The real cost per person is ~$20. This excludes individuals under 14.