Cities across the US are doing something about the holding companies that are strangling electrical power in the US. They are taking control of their own electrical systems.
Here is a story from the NYT last week that shows how it is being done.
Across the country, cities are showing a renewed interest in taking over the electricity business from private utilities, reflecting intensifying concerns about climate change, responses to power disruptions and a desire to pump more renewable energy into the grid.
Boulder, Colo., for instance, could take an important step toward creating its own municipal utility, among the nation’s first in years, as soon as next month. A scheduled vote by the City Council comes after a multiyear, multimillion-dollar study process that residents, impatient with the private electric company’s pace in reaching the town’s environmental goals, helped pay for by raising their own taxes.
And while Boulder’s level of activism may be unusual, given its liberal leanings and deep-seated concerns over climate change and the environment, the desire to take control of the electricity business is not. Officials and advocates in Minneapolis and Santa Fe, N.M., are considering splitting from their private utilities, while lawmakers in Massachusetts are trying to make it easier for towns and counties to make the break.
As I have said many times on The Power Line, if you want reliable power, you have to make it yourself. It seems that more and more cities are figuring this out.
This is a real option for cities in WV. In fact, WV has two municipal power companies that are doing very well. Both Philippi and New Martinsville own their own power companies. New Martinsville gets a significant amount of power from a hydroelectric system on the Ohio River.
Tired of being jerked around by AEP and FirstEnergy? Organize your neighbors and push your local planning department and city council to study the possibility of having your city control its own electricity. Why wait for FE and AEP? Do it yourself, along with your neighbors.