Is having local control of a utility the key to ramping up renewable energy?

In 2011, Boulder citizens voted to have their city take over the electric utility, joining 1 in 7 Americans served by municipal electric utilities.  Their feasibility study suggests they can more than double renewable energy on their system to over 50%, slashing greenhouse gas emissions.  A study in Santa Fe, NM, suggests a similar increase (to 45% clean energy) is possible, while reducing electricity costs.  Other cities, like Minneapolis, MN, are also studying the option.

Many of these communities are inspired by examples like Denton, TX, a municipal utility that already gets 40% of its power from renewable energy.  The presentation to the Boulder city council is from Mike Grim, the head of the Denton city utility.

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Mike Grim Presentation from Boulder, Colorado on Vimeo.