Luther's Foster to lead Decorah Power discussion Dec. 7

Striving to educate Decorah residents about the effects of having their own Municipal Electric Utility, Carly Hayden Foster, Luther College associate professor of political science and Decorah Power Board member, will discuss the mission and actions of the community organization as well as the potential economic and environmental impact of a locally-owned utility at 7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 7, at the Northeast Iowa Peace and Justice Center in Decorah, Iowa. The event is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Decorah Power is a non-profit citizens group with the mission of investigating the creation of a Decorah Municipal Electric Utility. A MEU is a locally-owned, city utility that provides electrical services similar to providing water and sewer services. According to Decorah Power, there are 2,011 municipal electric utilities in the U.S., 136 of which are in Iowa. Iowa also has 44 rural electric cooperatives. 

With the support of the Decorah City Council, Decorah Power is conducting a feasibility study with privately-raised funds. The study is expected to be completed before the end of the year. Luther College has pledged $15,000 toward the study.

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Carly Hayden Foster, associate professor of political science at Luther College and Decorah Power Board member, will host the meeting.