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MINNEAPOLIS – Today, Mayor Betsy Hodges and the City Council approved agreements with Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy that, among other things, establish a first-of-its-kind City-utility Clean Energy Partnership which will have the City and the utility companies collaborating in new ways to help Minneapolis achieve its clean energy goals. These goals include making energy affordable and reliable for everyone while increasing energy efficiency, increasing renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gases.
“This agreement signifies a new stage in our relationship with the utilities, marking our shared commitment to move toward clean, renewable energy; to increase energy efficiency; and to making energy affordable and reliable for everyone in the city,” said Mayor Hodges. “This is a very promising solution that could be a model for cities across the nation to follow.”
"There's no other partnership like this in the country," said Council President Barbara Johnson. "Although we've worked collaboratively with the utilities before, we'll now be teaming up with them to meet the City's clean energy goals. We stand to accomplish more together than on our own."
“Over the past several months, the franchise discussions have given us the opportunity to work with city staff and energy advocacy communities in ways that have allowed us to get to know each other a lot better; and further develop working relationships that are as strong as we’ve ever had,” said Joe Vortherms, vice president of Gas Operations for CenterPoint Energy. “The resulting franchise agreement and Clean Energy Partnership are things we can all feel good about. Environmental awareness and support for projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions help people in our community live healthier, while also Read More ...
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