For the past year, Energy Justice has been a focus of our SE Colorado Faith Leaders Caucus, Faith Leaders in Action (FLiA). The local energy provider, Black Hills Energy (BHE), has among the highest rates (see graphic below) and worst cut off and reconnect policies in the state, leaving thousands of Pueblo residents out in the cold, or without ventilation in the heat of the summer.
FLiA, as part of the coalition, Pueblo’s Energy Future (PEF), was key in filling the Pueblo City Council chambers in February 2016 that lead to a liaison to BHE being appointed by Council to work on these issues.
Then in August, over 500 people attended the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) public hearing at the Pueblo Convention Center to oppose a proposed BHE rate hike.
This type of public response has never been seen in Pueblo. Organizing is making a difference!
The next step in the rate case is a Public Utilities Commission (PUC) hearing with Black Hills Energy beginning Tuesday, Oct 18. The PUC will make their final decision regarding Black Hills Energy’s rate increase request sometime in December of 2016.
FLiA is asking for the support of our Metro Denver faith leaders, congregations, Pueblo faith leaders, leaders, and concerned citizens at a vigil in front of the PUC office as Commissioners, lawyers and BHE reps are going in to the meeting. Please join us if you are able, carpools are leaving the Pueblo area that morning.
PUC Vigil-Black Hills Energy hearing
Supporting our Pueblo faith leader organizing
Office of the PUC
1560 Broadway, Denver
(We will gather at the entrance)
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Please let us know if you are able to attend by replying to this post, or e-mail Rebecca Vigil at firstname.lastname@example.org
For Rev. Kevin Olsen & Faith Leaders in Action (FLiA)