Fwd: Public Hearing on Energy October 6th!
From: Scott Jackson (sjackzen46gmail.com)
Date: Thu, 25 Sep 2014 09:40:16 -0700 (PDT)
Come and voice your support.

Scott Jackson
sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com

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From: Lee Samelson <leesamelson [at] gmail.com>
Date: Thu, Sep 25, 2014 at 8:29 AM
Subject: Public Hearing on Energy October 6th!
To: Scott Jackson <sjackzen46 [at] gmail.com>


     Minneapolis Energy Options
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=1>
     Scott
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The moment we have been waiting for is now within sight and you have an
opportunity to add your voice to the record!

The Minneapolis City Council has set a public hearing on both utility
franchise agreements
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.minneapolismn.gov%2Fwww%2Fgroups%2Fpublic%2F%40clerk%2Fdocuments%2Fwebcontent%2Fwcms1p-127847.pdf&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=2&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
and the city-utility Partnership
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.minneapolismn.gov%2Fwww%2Fgroups%2Fpublic%2F%40clerk%2Fdocuments%2Fwebcontent%2Fwcms1p-127862.pdf&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=3&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
for *October 6**th *at *1:30 PM* during the regular meeting time of the
Health, Environment and Community Engagement committee in the city council
chamber at 350 S 5th Street room #317.

We invite you to come speak with your own unique perspective. We expect the
time allotted to be 3 minutes or 2 minutes per speaker. You can also
contact Committee Chair Cam Gordon
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.ci.minneapolis.mn.us%2Fward2%2Findex.htm&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=4&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
with
questions about submitting a comment if you are unable to attend.

Our basic message template is as follows:

*1.* It's great to see the City and utilities (Xcel and CenterPoint) coming
together to create this first-in-the-nation Clean Energy Partnership.  We
are hopeful that this will allow the City to meet its ambitious energy and
climate goals
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.minneapolismn.gov%2Fwww%2Fgroups%2Fpublic%2F%40clerk%2Fdocuments%2Fwebcontent%2Fwcms1p-122973.pdf&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=5&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
and
vision
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.minneapolismn.gov%2Fwww%2Fgroups%2Fpublic%2F%40citycoordinator%2Fdocuments%2Fwebcontent%2Fwcms1p-113989.pdf&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=6&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
.
 *2.* We support franchise agreements that are as short of length as
possible.

*3.* The Council should pass the Partnership when it comes to a full vote,
and the utilities should sign on.

 *4.* In order to be effective, the Partnership needs active participation
from energy stakeholders and experts who are not connected to the City or
the utilities.  We support a strong, empowered, and diverse Energy Vision
Advisory Committee.

 *5.* The community will be paying close attention to this Partnership, and
holding both the City and the utilities accountable for reaching their
stated goals.  If it doesn't look like the Partnership is achieving these
goals, the community will advocate for exploring other options.
I AM HAPPY TO PROVIDE
To learn more about why the Partnership is fundamentally important you can
read my Twin Cities Daily Planet Article
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.tcdailyplanet.net%2Fnews%2F2014%2F08%2F11%2Fcity-utility-partnership-meet-minneapolis-energy-goals&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=7&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
or
this fantastic article
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.renewableenergyworld.com%2Frea%2Fblog%2Fpost%2Fprint%2F2014%2F03%2Fcan-a-novel-city-utility-partnership-green-a-big-city-grid&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=8&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
by John Farrell in Renewable Energy World
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.renewableenergyworld.com%2Frea%2Fblog%2Fpost%2Fprint%2F2014%2F03%2Fcan-a-novel-city-utility-partnership-green-a-big-city-grid&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=9&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
.

To read more on why the Energy Vision Advisory Committee is so essential to
the Partnership, take a look at my South Side Pride Letter To the Editor
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/include_community_input_into_the_city_utility_partnership?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=10>
.

There are some interesting quotes on both the franchise agreement length
and on the Partnership from City Council members in my blogpost on the July
7th hearing
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/city_council_members_hold_productive_discussion_at_july_7th_hearing?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=11>
.
OUR ONLINE PETITION

The public hearing is also the time that we plan to hand over hundreds of
signed Petition cards to Xcel and Centerpoint in favor of the clean energy
Partnership. Help Community Power reach our goal of 100 online signatures
by visiting this link to the petition
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/petition?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=12>.
At this moment we have just 20 left to go!

COMMUNITY EVENT OCTOBER 1ST

For those who would like to prep for speaking at the public hearing or for
those of you who simply would like build your knowledge base on the issue
of our energy utility system and relations, we will be having have a
Community event on Wednesday October 1
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/gandhi_mahal_pct_with_mn_350_and_mnipl?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=13>
s
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/gandhi_mahal_pct_with_mn_350_and_mnipl?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=14>
t at Gandhi Mahal Restaurant community room at 3009 27th Ave S.
Minneapolis. A dinner buffet will start at 5:30 PM of and the Powerful
Conversations Tour will start around 6:15 PM.

The dinner also goes to a good cause because 10% of Gandhi Mahal’s earnings
on October 1st will be donated to Minnesota Interfaith Power and Light
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/r?u=http%3A%2F%2Fmnipl.org%2Fcalendar%2Ffaith-in-action-a-night-of-offering.html&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=15&e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email>
which is building alliances among congregations to join the growing climate
justice movement.
In the spirit of building an empowered community ready to direct our energy
future, I'd like to thank all of you for your support at this most exciting
juncture,

Lee Samelson
http://www.communitypowermn.org/
<http://www.communitypowermn.org/?e=4cdcb2d594a32728a2f3d13513489fb6&utm_source=minneapolisenergyoptions&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=public_hearing&n=16>
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