by APPA NewsPosted 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.
by Ethan HowlandAPPA NewsPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
Voters in Boulder, Colo., approved a measure to fund for another three years the city’s long-running effort to form a municipal utility.
by Peter MaloneyAPPA NewsPosted February 10, 2020
California State Senator Scott Wiener recently introduced legislation that would transform Pacific Gas and Electric into a public power utility.
by Peter MaloneyAPPA NewsPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
by Peter MaloneyAPPA NewsPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
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.
by Ethan HowlandAPPA NewsPosted 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.
by Ethan HowlandAPPA NewsPosted November 26, 2019
Pueblo, Colorado, should form a public power utility, according to a panel created by the city.
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 Ricardo Rossello announced on Jan. 22 that his government will initiate the process for privatization of the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority (PREPA).
by Ethan HowlandAPPA NewsPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
by Paul CiampoliAPPA News DirectorPosted 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.
by Peter MaloneyAPPA NewsPosted 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.
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