Marc Lefkowitz | 12/04/06 @ 1:31pm
When populist Cleveland Mayor Tom L. Johnson formed Cleveland Public Power in 1906—and when voters saved it in 1979—it was for the very type of reason city council is considering today. As one of the state’s 86 muni-owned utilities, CPP is seriously considering its role in creating a market for alternative energy in Northeast Ohio.
Much like cities signing the Kyoto Protocol, suddenly a fin de siècle idea—municipal owned utilities—is a huge competitive advantage for cities to cut through the bureaucratic red tape at the state and federal level and become sustainability leaders. Read more.