Bellingham, Wash. — Former U.S. Congressman Dennis Kucinich will speak about the importance of publicly owned electric utilities at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6 at the Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham.
Kucinich got his start in politics fighting — and winning — to protect the Cleveland municipal electric company, which was on the verge of being privatized when he became Mayor. Kucinich later served for 16 years in the U.S. House of Representatives and continues to advocate for public ownership of utilities.
Also speaking at the RE Sources-hosted event are: Christine Grant, Bellingham Climate Task Force member, instructor at WWU Institute for Energy Studies, consultant for electric cooperatives and municipal utilities; and Atul Deshmane, Public Utility Commissioner, Whatcom County Planning Commissioner, clean energy consultant, business leader, engineer. Kucinich, Grant, and Deshmane will be available for a Q&A session at the end of the presentation facilitated by Eddy Ury of RE Sources.
What is publicly owned power?
Thousands of cities in the U.S. receive their power from municipal utilities and electricity cooperatives that serve communities not-for-profit. In Bellingham, the City provides water via a publicly owned utility, while power is provided by Puget Sound Energy, an investor-owned utility. The Whatcom Public Utility District supplies water and power to some large industrial customers.
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What: Dennis Kucinich: Climate Change & Public Power
When: Thursday, February 6, 7:00 PM
Where: Bellingham Unitarian Fellowship, 1207 Ellsworth St, Bellingham
More info: https://www.facebook.com/events/2647124065517990/
Photo of Dennis Kucinich by Gage Skidmore. Used under CC BY-SA 2.0
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RE Sources is a local nonprofit organization in Bellingham, WA dedicated to protecting the health of northwest Washington’s people and ecosystems through the application of science, education, advocacy, and action. For more information, visit re-sources.org.