Reader View: We can build a better energy future

June 2013

Reader View: We can build a better energy future

Posted: Saturday, June 15, 2013 11:00 pm | Updated: 12:37 am, Sun Jun 16, 2013.

By Shane Woolbright | 0 comments

At the March 13 Santa Fe City Council meeting, the first business item was to hear a report on establishment of a public power system for Santa Fe. Public power refers to electricity distribution or generation owned by the consumers. Currently, our power is provided by Public Service Co. of New Mexico, 80 percent of which comes from coal and nuclear, with adverse impacts to the economy, our health and our environment. The preliminary economic feasibility showed that a Santa Fe public power utility could provide leading-edge innovations in energy efficiency, renewable energy and related economic development, while stabilizing rates.

The report was two years in the making and the result of a desire by many in Santa Fe to have a cleaner, less expensive electric energy supply. Its commission was an act of vision. To implement it will be an act of courage. Santa Fe has taken on a leadership role before. Now is the time to actualize longstanding community values to bring brighter long-term possibilities for our health, prosperity and sustainability.

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