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Continued: Tevlin: Utility debate brings together a varied new power elite

  • Article by: JON TEVLIN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 6, 2013 - 9:16 PM

“The move was never credible,” he said, “and to be leverage, it has to be a credible option.”

But as he talked to businesses worried about the uncertainty it would create, he grew wary. He also detected a bit of “good, old-fashioned pandering to the base” in the maneuver.

Gordon believes calling for a vote has already pushed Xcel to create a better dialogue with environmental groups.

The Committee of the Whole is expected to vote Aug. 15 on Gordon’s resolutions, should he decide to offer them. I hope he does because then we’ll know which mayoral candidates on the council have thought this thing through.

“I think all the candidates should be pressed” on how to better manage utilities and expand renewable energy, Gordon said.

But “there are lot of questions and maybe it’s better to bring it back next year.”

So, to all the concerned gas and electric people, business owners, nonprofits, unions and assorted other worry warts who jammed the hearing last week, the city might just end up saying this about all the hubbub:

Never mind, at least for now.

 

jtevlin@startribune.com 612-673-1702

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