Two local power utilities have entered a unique partnership to help the city of Minneapolis cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 15% by 2015, 30% by 2025, and 80% by 2050 from a 2006 baseline.
“While the partnership itself is unique, so is the process environmental activists used to reach it,” UtilityDIVE reports. “The deal effectively ends a strategic push for the city to develop a municipal utility,” an option presented by Minneapolis Energy Options that gave the city greater leverage in negotiations with the two utilities, Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy.
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“We’ve now laid the groundwork for how cities can establish these partnerships,” said MEO coordinator John Farrell, Director of Democratic Energy at the Institute for Local Self-Reliance. “I do think this could be a very powerful prototype for a model.” (h/t to the Institute for Local Self-Reliance for pointing us to this story)