Nick Halter

Debate heats up over municipal energy in Minneapolis

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City Hall was packed today with people speaking passionately about whether Minneapolis should take over as the energy provider for its residents.

The Council Chambers and two overflow rooms were jammed with residents, business owners and electrical workers. For perspective, the Vikings stadium hearings last May only required one overflow room.

In total, about 50 people testified, with a solid majority of them opposed to two resolutions that would begin the process of Minneapolis taking over for Xcel Energy and CenterPoint Energy as the city’s electrical and gas provider.

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