Congratulations to the city of Davis for taking the long view and exploring a publicly owned electric utility. Taking control of our energy not only offers the prospect of lower rates, but more importantly gives us the power to make decisions to invest in energy efficiency and solar infrastructure, meet our goals of greenhouse gas reductions and build self-reliance in a potentially turbulent future.
Private energy monopolies in California and elsewhere are blocking our society’s needed rapid transition to renewable energy as it threatens their bottom line. That is why worldwide there is a growing movement to reclaim public power in order to secure all of our futures. In Germany, for example, more than 190 private energy concessions have returned to public hands in the last five years, with cities like Munich pioneering a renewables revolution.
It is only fitting that Davis, which became the first city to commit itself to carbon neutrality by 2050, should lead the way in modeling the renewable public power revolution we need here in California.