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Committee considering municipal power in Utica

By WKTV News

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - City leaders are exploring the possibility of municipal power in Utica. The first meeting of a brand new Public Utilities Committee took place at City Hall Thursday night.

The committee's task is to look into the feasibility of a city run power system and also look at other renewable sources of energy. Committee member John Furman from Central New York Citizens in Action says municipal power typically lowers utility rates by 20 to 30 percent. Furman says it would give the city more control over it's energy and it would create a more welcoming environment for businesses looking to grow in Utica. "We're particularly interested in looking at alternative energy, like green, solar power. And to see how we can incorporate that within our community- how we can use alternative energy to lower the cost of running government thereby helping to reduce the tax burden on our citizens," said Furman.

The Public Utilities Committee will report it's findings to Utica's Common Council on what ideas best suit the city. The members will meet again in early May.

"We want to let citizens know we will work very hard...we will be putting together various studies, talking to experts and talking to the average citizen to get their input on this project," said Furman.

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