BUZZ Blog: Mayor opposes Minnesota Power rate increase
Peter Passi and Brandon Stahl cover issues related to the city of Duluth. Follow BUZZ on Twitter.
The below quote is two weeks old. That day I was scrambling for items to put on the blog and thought, "hey, I'll ask the mayor for his take on the Minnesota Power rate increase request." Then I found out about the NorShor sale and found a few other things to blog about. But now that the NorShor has been sold to the city we no longer have to worry about it, right?
At any rate, the mayor on why he doesn't support the MP rate increase:
... These rate increases would impact both Duluth residents and city operations. From a business standpoint, we use a significant amount of electricity for our utilities - pumping stations, street lights, etc. - this would be a significant increase in our costs to operate. Minnesota Power has made a commitment to use of renewable resources and face other regulatory issues, so I understand why the proposal is coming forward. However, I don't support it because of the cost to rate payers in Duluth."