Rene Rosario: Make Energy PublicPublished on: Tuesday, October 31, 2017
I support what Cameron Brooks says in his guest opinion (“Municipalization is about more than clean electrons”) that creating our own publicly owned utility is “a step into the future.”
As reported recently in Yes! Magazine, “our best shot at meeting Paris goals is to make energy public.” ( yesmagazine.org/planet/our-best-shot-at-meeting-paris-goals-make-energy-public-20170705)
This conclusion is based on a study of over 1,600 cities in 45 countries that have chosen public ownership over corporate ownership. The study, by the Transnational Institute, found that cities and towns that want well-run water and sanitation services, low-cost access to the internet, and affordable housing should keep those operations public or run by local nonprofits. If these services are now private, the institute recommends “re-municipalization.” ( tni.org/files/publication-downloads/reclaiming_public_services.pdf)
Personally, I am very concerned about climate change. And I think that Xcel’s proposal of 55 percent renewables by 2026, though a positive step, is woefully inadequate given the current state of the climate — even if Xcel manages to follow through — especially considering that Xcel plans to keep burning coal until 2070.
I want to step into the future sooner than 2070. I’m excited about moving quickly to 100 percent clean energy, the way the Georgetown, Texas, utility did just this year. I want to take the next prudent step and to learn what having our own public utility would really cost. Once we know that, we can make an informed decision about going further.
I urge everyone to vote yes on Ballot Issues 2L, 2O, and 2P. I want to step toward a positive future.
This Opinion appeared in the Colorado Daily.