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Monday, August 05, 2013

Power Outage in Seward Today

Many of the people who attended the public hearing on Minneapolis' energy future last week wore these little red stickers that said "don't mess with success," and one of their key messages was that Xcel Energy provides much more reliable electrical service than a municipal utility could ever match.

Tell it to small businesses on Franklin Avenue today:

How much revenue will this local restaurant lose today?  How much of their inventory will have to be discarded due to this power outage?

This is not an isolated incident.  I am aware of four electricity outages in the Seward neighborhood so far this year, and only one was the result of a major storm.

We can and must do better.


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