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benjamin melançon

Electricity cooperatives do better than capitalist electric utilities at building local solar power: https://popularresistance.org/cooperatives-lauded-as-trailblazers-in-community-solar/

Utility cooperatives historically predominate where their capitalist cousins considered providing services unprofitable. The coops provide better service at lower cost, and are more open to innovations that make people's lives better— including adding broadband internet. See https://ilsr.org/the-fiber-future-is-cooperative-policy-brief-on-rural-cooperative-fiber-deployment/ and https://www.hcn.org/issues/50.7/state-of-change-how-a-rural-electric-co-op-connected-a-community for example.

Now it's time to bring utility cooperatives into cities and suburbs that have monopolistic capitalist corporations siphoning off needed dollars. Maybe Minneapolis is a good place to start? There's precedent, of a sort, just a few miles South, with coops finally taking over the slices Alliant Energy had in their area: http://www.smenergy.coop/about-us/

I'm not certain about the geographical scope of each but i don't think any utility cooperatives are available in the Twin Cities right now, despite the high concentration in Minnesota as a whole: https://mn.gov/puc/consumers/help/utility/