Three vital advantages of municipal utilities

Posted Posted in City council, Democracy, Devolution, Energy, Environment, Finance, Import substitution, Local economies, Local government, Low carbon, Planning, Politics, Procurement, Renewable energy, Sustainability, Transition

Bob Massie of America’s New Economics Institute sent news today that voters in Boulder, Colorado, have ended their relationship with Xcel Energy, a utility with $10.7 billion in revenues, clearing the way for the city to form its own municipal utility that would lower rates and make greater use of renewable energy. The city’s ‘multiple pleas’ for more clean wind […]

2013 watershed: rebuilding local economies

Posted Posted in Co-operatives, Economics, Employee ownership, Environment, Local economies, Transition

A recent message came from Bob Massie, the president of the New Economics Institute, based in Massachusetts, which grew from E. F. Schumacher Society, in close partnership with Britain’s new economics foundation. It opened by saying that 2013 is likely to be a watershed year: “A tremendous number of people around the country understand that the system is broken, and […]