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  • Boulder files petition to condemn Xcel’s electric distribution assets

    by APPA News
    Posted January 2, 2020

    The City of Boulder, Colo., on Dec. 19 filed a petition to condemn Xcel Energy’s electric distribution assets in Boulder District Court following good faith negotiations with the Minneapolis-based company.

  • Boulder increases offer in municipalization effort

    by Ethan Howland
    APPA News
    Posted June 20, 2019

    Boulder, Colo., is offering Xcel Energy $82 million for the investor-owned utility company’s electric distribution assets in the city as part of a nearly decade long effort to form a public power utility.

  • Boulder municipalization efforts advance with PUC order October 11, 2019

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted October 11, 2019

    The Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) on Oct. 10 granted the City of Boulder, Colo., approval to transfer some assets necessary for Boulder to create a community-owned, city-run electric utility. The decision ends a multi-year process before the commission that began in 2015.

  • Boulder, Colorado voters authorize continued municipalization efforts

    By Ethan Howland
    APPA
    Posted November 13, 2017

    Voters in Boulder, Colo., approved a measure to fund for another three years the city’s long-running effort to form a municipal utility.

  • Calif. bill calls for turning PG&E into a public power utility

    by Peter Maloney
    APPA News
    Posted February 10, 2020

    California State Senator Scott Wiener recently introduced legislation that would transform Pacific Gas and Electric into a public power utility.

  • Calif. city supports customer ownership for PG&E

    by Peter Maloney
    APPA News
    Posted January 3, 2020

    The city council of Davis, Calif., in December unanimously approved a resolution in support of transforming Pacific Gas and Electric into a customer-owned utility.

  • Calif. is scoping plan for PG&E, including possible publicly owned option: Newsom

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted November 3, 2019

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is calling on various stakeholders to meet the week of Nov. 4 to accelerate a consensual resolution to PG&E’s bankruptcy cases that will lead to the creation of a new entity.

  • Calif. mayors, county officials unveil customer-owned plan for PG&E

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted November 6, 2019

    In a Nov. 4 letter to California utility regulators, a large group of California mayors and county officials say that are several compelling reasons for transforming Pacific Gas & Electric into a customer-owned utility including being able to raise capital from a broad pool of debt financing in amounts substantially greater than can an investor-owned PG&E, and at much lower cost.

  • Majority of survey respondents support Pueblo, Colo., pursuing municipalization

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted March 9, 2020

    A majority of Pueblo, Colo., residents who responded to a recent survey indicated that they support terminating the city’s franchise with Black Hills Energy and forming a municipal electric utility.

  • Municipalization eyed for New York City, Chicago

    by Peter Maloney
    APPA News
    Posted August 1, 2019

    In the wake of recent back-to-back power outages, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio raised the possibility of municipalizing Consolidated Edison, the investor-owned utility that serves the city’s five boroughs and Westchester County to the north.

  • New proposal calls for PG&E to be replaced with public power utility

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted November 20, 2019

    California Gov. Gavin Newsom is being urged to consider a proposal that would replace Pacific Gas & Electric with a public power utility.

  • Public power: A rich history, a bright future

    By Delia Patterson
    APPA Sr VP of Advocacy & Communications and General Counsel
    Posted on June 21, 2018

    The public power business model — also known as municipal ownership — is an American tradition rooted in community. In place since the 1880s, the model is simple: distribute electricity to local customers on a not-for-profit basis. The focus is on customers. Rates are cost-based. Service is reliable. Dollars spent on electricity stay in the community and are re-invested there. Customers are the owners and — through elected or appointed governing boards or city councils — the decision makers for their utilities. Where economies of scale are helpful for meeting energy needs, public power utilities form joint action agencies serving a single state or region.

  • Pueblo, Colorado, residents to vote on forming public power utility

    by Ethan Howland
    APPA News
    Posted February 13, 2020

    Residents in Pueblo, Colorado, will vote on May 5 on a measure that would allow the city to leave investor-owned Black Hills Energy and form a public power utility.

  • Pueblo, Colorado, urged to form public power utility

    by Ethan Howland
    APPA News
    Posted November 26, 2019

    Pueblo, Colorado, should form a public power utility, according to a panel created by the city.

  • Pueblo's Energy Future coalition holds municipal energy town halls

    By Tyler Grimes
    Colorado Springs Independent Author
    Posted on July 20, 2018

    Pueblo's Energy Future coalition is hosting a series of town hall meetings to engage and inform citizens on a proposed transition to municipal utility. The meetings, which began in January, follow a September City Council resolution stating Pueblo's intent to end a franchise agreement with Black Hills Energy. 

    "We take this seriously and we're committed to trying to make things better in Pueblo," says Energy Future's Steve Andrews. He says, Pueblo's Energy Future has met weekly for the past six years working toward more affordable and sustainable energy.

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  • Puerto Rico Governor proposes to privatize electric utility

    By Meena Dayak
    APPA
    Posted January 24, 2018

    Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello announced on Jan. 22 that his government will initiate the process for privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).

  • Report finds forming public power utility in Pueblo, Colo., to be feasible

    by Ethan Howland
    APPA News
    Posted October 16, 2019

    Forming a municipal utility in Pueblo, Colorado, could conservatively save Black Hills Energy electric customers 10 percent to 14 percent, partly because of lower estimated power costs, according to a report finding the move to be feasible.

  • San Francisco launches campaign tied to public power effort

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted February 14, 2020

    The City and County of San Francisco recently launched a new campaign highlighting San Francisco’s ongoing plans to acquire the local Pacific Gas and Electric power grid and shift to a cleaner, more reliable, locally controlled power system.

  • San Francisco makes $2.5 billion offer for PG&E’s electric system

    by Paul Ciampoli
    APPA News Director
    Posted September 9, 2019

    The City of San Francisco has made a $2.5 billion offer to purchase substantially all of Pacific Gas & Electric’s distribution and transmission assets needed to provide retail electric service to all electricity customers in the city.

  • San Jose, Calif., mayor wants to explore municipalization

    by Peter Maloney
    APPA News
    Posted October 21, 2019

    The mayor of San Jose, Calif., issued a memo late last week in response to a recent power shutoff by Pacific Gas and Electric that calls for an exploration of creating a municipal utility, among other things.