We have a unique opportunity to establish a new, vibrant local business in Decorah—a community-owned electric utility. This electric utility would be a not-for-profit business focused entirely on serving—and investing in—our community.

Last year, with the approval of the Decorah City Council, Decorah Power raised private, local funds and commissioned a feasibility study from  NewGen Strategies and Solutions to find out what a municipal electric utility could do for our community. The NewGen feasibility study showed our community could save up to $5 million per year with a public utility!

With this information in hand, the City Council voted to hold a special election on May 1 to put a question before the citizens of Decorah: "Shall the City of Decorah, in the County of Winneshiek, State of Iowa, be authorized to establish a Municipally-owned electric utility?"

Here's why it's important for our community to Vote YES! on May 1:

  • A municipal electric utility could provide a host of benefits to our community: additional revenue for community betterment projects, freedom to build community-owned solar gardens, investment in infrastructure improvements and backup power resulting in improved reliability, new local jobs, and economic development.
  • A municipal electric utility gives us local control to prioritize how we want to manage our grid and source our electricity. It allows us as a community to invest in our energy future based on our shared community priorities of stewardship, reliability, and fiscal responsibility.
  • A YES! vote moves us forward! It authorizes the City to proceed with the municipalization process and prepare an application to the Iowa Utilities Board (IUB). Former IUB member and attorney Sheila Tipton says about the NewGen study, "I believe this is the feasibility study that will succeed where others have failed."

We need your support to make this happen. This is a grassroots campaign and we're up against Big Money & corporate interests. Any amount can help us spread the word about the benefits of public power for our community—from a $5 yard sign to a $100 newspaper ad. Let's get this done!


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    “As a young entrepreneur, an engineer in the energy industry and someone who is very passionate about our community, the environment, and our local economy - I VOTE YES to move ahead with the Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah. Making this change now will prepare our community as the wave of new advancements in energy automation technology continues to grow; allowing us to one day transition to a locally owned renewable cooperative micro-grid infrastructure.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Vote YES! to Move Ahead with a Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah because we have a unique opportunity to create an amazing energy future in our community. A YES! vote on May 1 will ensure that the conversation continues. We're too smart to pass this up.”

March 6, 2018

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    “As a young entrepreneur, an engineer in the energy industry and someone who is very passionate about our community, the environment, and our local economy - I VOTE YES to move ahead with the Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah. Making this change now will prepare our community as the wave of new advancements in energy automation technology continues to grow; allowing us to one day transition to a locally owned renewable cooperative micro-grid infrastructure.”

  • endorsed

    “I support Vote YES! to Move Ahead with a Municipal Electric Utility in Decorah because we have a unique opportunity to create an amazing energy future in our community. A YES! vote on May 1 will ensure that the conversation continues. We're too smart to pass this up.”