Tevlin: Utility debate brings together a varied new power elite

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 6, 2013 - 9:16 PM

It’s not often that the Minneapolis City Council gets to bring together a wide segment of society that includes everyone from Chamber of Commerce types to unions, to a man who said he “barely got by,” to the head of a nonprofit agency that serves the poor.

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gopher68Aug. 7, 13 8:44 AM

Jon, you forgot to mention that the city can't even provide basic services -- a road resurfacing plan that apparently hasn't been updated since the Eisenhower Administration, a never-ending series of large-dollar settlements for police misconduct, inability to manage pension obligations. And these are just a few I thought of off of the top of my head. All with a backdrop of consistent large property tax increases, putting residents' tax bills among the highest in the state. And now you're talking about spending even more money to put "municipalization" of the electric utility up for a vote? Please. How about a column about how nice it would be to have a city council that could govern competently?

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XineohpAug. 7, 13 9:36 AM

They are also talking about taking over the gas utility from CenterPoint Energy. This is also a terrible idea. Not only would the city have to buy all the pipes, meters, and other equipment but would also have to buy and install gas valves around the entire city border because CenterPoint's gas lines don't stop at the city edge. Also, while CenterPoint buys gas at a low rate for its over 3 million customers, the city would be forced to buy gas at a much higher rate for only 125,000 users.

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kivirl4Aug. 7, 13 2:23 PM

I am also one who is not a big supporter of Xcel for a variety of reasons, yet this idea was so stupid its a shame effort is even being wasted talkling about it. There is no way the city could handle this function as efficiently as Xcel does, for all its warts. Second, Xcel is the leading supplier of wind to its customers of any utility in the country. You cannot make the environmental case against it.

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jaytee1Aug. 7, 13 3:41 PM

We have a city council that behaves like a golden retriever...nice to have around but easily distracted by shiney objects. And what about the enviro groups...when do they have to be accountable for schemes like this.

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sgjsdadAug. 8, 13 6:26 AM

Neither Xcel nor CenterPoint have done anything to warrant their franchise license not being renewed. From this article it sounds like this whole idea of the City of Mpls. taking over electric and gas distribution was a lousy one cooked up mostly by one city council member (Gordon).

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overlandAug. 8, 13 9:36 AM

Andrew and Winton need to fully disclose their connections to Xcel prior to EVERY statement related to Xcel and/or the franchise referendum. Andrew should also make full disclosure prior to EVERY statement about the HERC garbage burner.

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jaytee1Aug. 8, 1311:07 AM

and Cam Gordon needs to disclose every penny he has taken from the enviromental groups that conceived this idea.

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davehougAug. 8, 1311:27 AM

When such an EXPENSIVE idea is promoted, that tells me more about the people pushing it than about Excel. How about just forcing MPLS residents to purchase wind power, cost be danged.

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