What are your comments for the public hearing to discuss the SEU on Oct. 28?

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    • October 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm #1506

      Please reply with your thoughts about comments to use when calling into the public hearing.

      Background: Ann Arbor Sustainability Office has determined the City could create its own sustainable energy utility (SEU), giving residents and businesses an option to supplement their service from DTE Energy with locally sourced renewable energy.  After months of research, the city’s sustainability office and 5 technical advisors released a report that explores the legal, technical and policy feasibility of a SEU. Creating a traditional municipal utility would require the city to purchase infrastructure from DTE Energy and would likely be fraught with lengthy litigation and expense. According to the report, the City could form and administer the SEU to offer participating residents an opportunity to supplement their DTE Energy service with clean energy and energy efficiency projects built by the SEU. Projects could range from rooftop and community solar to heat pumps and neighborhood microgrids. City of Ann Arbor will hold a public hearing to discuss the SEU on Oct. 28 at 6 p.m. You can see the report and supporting materials at http://www.a2gov.org/a2seu.

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      October 19, 2021 at 12:34 pm #1507

      Here is the press release from Ann Arbor for Public Power (A2P2) responding to the announcement of the SEU:

      Public Power Requires Public Ownership

      New Ann Arbor SEU plan doesn’t offer clear path to 100% renewable energy by 2030

      two loops model

      graphic from Two Loops model

      Ann Arbor for Public Power supports the goals of a sustainable energy utility (SEU) for Ann Arbor, but not as a substitute for pursuing municipalization of the local electric grid.

      The city’s recent report, “Ann Arbor’s Sustainable Energy Utility,” proposes a novel city-owned entity that would encourage energy waste reduction, home electrification, microgrids that use rooftop solar, community solar installations and other positive measures. We support this concept, which is innovative and constructive. However, an SEU cannot achieve strategy one of the A2Zero plan, “Power our electrical grid with 100% renewable energy.” READ MORE

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