In a statement emailed to reporters Thursday evening, Mayor R.T. Rybak's office announced it had received a letter from Xcel Energy CEO Dave Sparby that promised the company would “provide the city with even more choices for reliable, clean, cost-effective energy.”
The letter addressed a core concern of municipalization campaigners Minneapolis Energy Options, who had argued that the city needed to take over local electrical generation and delivery to reduce the city's environmental impact.
In reply to Sparby's letter, Rybak's office said he expressed hope a deal could be reached that included agreement "to power the City’s streetlights with renewable energy, to make a solar investment at Xcel’s Riverside plant, and to provide Minneapolis-specific reliability reports, all points or commitments that President Sparby outlined in his letter."
Both Rybak's and Sparby's letters are posted above.
Rybak's letter went on to reject putting a referendum on municipalization on the ballot for the 2013 city elections, and to thanking Minneapolis Energy Options "for pushing our community and me to expect more and for insisting on a more sustainable energy system for future generations.”