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Voters in El Paso, Texas, to Consider Proposal to Explore Public Power Utility

Voters in El Paso, Texas, on May 6 will vote on a proposal that includes exploring the creation of a public power utility.

Specifically, residents in the city will vote on Proposition K, the "Climate Change and Climate Justice" Charter Amendment. “The City of El Paso shall employ all available efforts to convert El Paso Electric to municipal ownership,” Proposition K states.

The City Manager would provide the City Council with an annual report to describe the feasibility of converting El Paso Electric into a municipal electric company, including any actions required to advance this objective.

El Paso Electric in March said it opposes the municipalization proposal included in Proposition K.

The ballot proposal also calls for the City of El Paso to employ all available methods to require that energy used within the city is generated by clean renewable energy, with the goals of requiring 80% clean renewable energy by 2030 and 100% clean renewable energy by 2045.