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Bio digester pilot project seeks new home

September 3, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

The HORSE that has lived in the small yard adjacent to the Harbour Public House in downtown Winslow since late last year is looking for a new home...read more

 

Deets, Fetterly advance in Bainbridge council race

August 7, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Here's one thing both candidates agree on: It's a different race now...read more

 

The people have spoken on city power | Letter to the editor

July 2, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Your editorial ["Nothing personal against city power," June 16] contained something that concerns me...read more

 

Editorial overestimates community support | Letter to the editor

June 22, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Your Review editorial on June 3 assumes that the 10 percent of islanders who are currently paying extra to PSE for green power are in favor of the city of Bainbridge taking over and running a power utility...read more

 

Nothing personal against city power | In Our Opinion

June 21, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Mayor Val Tollefson is frustrated. He said as much at this week's council meeting, as the council was on the verge of voting to suspend consideration of a proposal...read more

 

Lights out for public utility on Bainbridge

June 15, 2017, KING5

The island's two-year flirtation with a publicly-owned electric utility came to an end Tuesday night...read more

 

Bainbridge council won't send PSE takeover to ballot box

June 13, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge Island City Council has pulled the plug on the idea to create a city-run power company...read more

 

Lights out for public electric utility on Bainbridge

June 13, 2017, Kitsap Sun

The island's two-year flirtation with a publicly-owned electric utility came to an end Tuesday night...read more

 

Views are set on city power | In Our Opinion

June 8, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Here we are, just where we thought we'd be. And it's no surprise, of course...read more

 

Local biodigester could help power load | Letter to the editor

June 6, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Again, there has been another bewailing of the "dangers of climate" change that is devoid of any analytical analysis of our own carbon footprint and what might be done to mitigate it (at least here)...read more

 

Council not interested in balance | Letter to the editor

June 2, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

On June 6, the final report on the electric utility municipalization project on Bainbridge Island will be presented to the city council...read more 

 

News report was slanted against public power | Letter to the editor 

June 1, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Island's Fox News? In case you thought a certain style of journalism died last week with the passing of Fox News founder Roger Ailes, The Review did its best to channel his ghost in its May 19 lead story of a PSE-funded study...read more

 

City Council's biased plan for utility debate | Letter to the editor

May 30, 2017, Kitsap Sun

On June 6 the final report on the electric utility municipalization project on Bainbridge Island will be presented to City Council by consultant D. Hittle & Associates...read more

 

Don't throw tax dollars at a costly gamble | Letter to the editor

May 26, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Why are we even considering running our own electric utility? In the 40 years we have lived on Bainbridge...read more

 

PSE Estimate for Bainbridge Island Muni Formation is Twice City's Estimate

May 26, 2017, Clearing Up 

Puget Sound Energy released a study May 17 on what it could potentially cost Bainbridge Island to acquire the utility's infrastructure and form a municipal utility...read more

 

Puget Sound Energy flames Bainbridge public power study

May 17, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Setting up a city-owned electric utility on Bainbridge would cost island taxpayers $147 million, according to a study commissioned by Puget Sound Energy...read more

 

New study for Bainbridge city power company: PSE takeover would cost $146.8 million

May 17, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Creating a city-run electric company could cost the city of Bainbridge island $146.8 million, according to an independent consultant study paid for by Puget Sound Energy...read more

 

Church lands generator for emergency shelter

April 25, 2017, Kitsap Sun

For 17 years, Chapel Hill Presbyterian Church has served as an emergency shelter for residents of the Gig Harbor area...read more

 

City government in action: Wow | Letter to the editor

April 23, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

While it was refreshing to see that a member of the Bainbridge Island City Council admitted that the results of their approval of the bike trail adjacent to Route 305 were a "sucker punch" to him, I wonder how it could be...read more

 

We need leaders who are willing to lead | Letter to the editor

April 23, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Our city doesn't need our permission to go into the business of selling power nor to acquire the assets of Puget Sound Energy on the Island...read more

 

An interesting but overlooked example | Letter to the editor

April 18, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

After reading all the articles and ads from Island Power, and after attending the public meetings from both Island Power and PSE, I find it incredibly odd that we repeatedly hear about Jefferson County, but not Boulder, Colorado...read more

 

The faulty premise for PSE takeover | Letter to the editor

April 14, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

In his letter to the editor (April 7), Steve Johnson takes the paper to task for ignoring climate change in the "public power debate."...read more

 

Ratepayers will finance hostile takeover | Letter to the editor

April 13, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Climate change is the most serious issue of our time...read more

 

Power study has been a sales job | Letter to the editor

April 12, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

I want to share my concerns regarding the city's consideration of creating and managing an electric utility...read more

 

Newspaper ignores climate change | Letter to the editor

April 10, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Why is the Bainbridge Review ignoring the issue of climate change in the public power debate...read more

 

Face reality: City power company is a bad idea | Letter to the editor

April 7, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

It may be time for another clear demonstration to awaken, or reawaken, the city council...read more

 

City power idea is misplaced environmentalism | Letter to the editor

April 4, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

The current enthusiasm by the city council to even bother to explore an island electrical public utility can only be described as misplaced environmentalism...read more

 

Time to open your eyes | In Our Opinion

March 24, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Make your bed, now lie in it. The Bainbridge Island City Council has, and decided earlier this week it will stay snuggled in the idea that Bainbridge can create its own municipal utility...read more

 

Bainbridge neighborhoods lose power during heavy winds

March 10, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Two neighborhoods on Bainbridge Island's North End were without power Friday morning following a night of high winds in Western Washington...read more

 

Thousands lose power on Bainbridge Island

March 8, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Nearly 2,000 Bainbridge Island homes and businesses were without power Wednesday morning following a night of high winds on the island...read more

 

Update | Power back on for most of Bainbridge Island

March 8, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Electricity has been restored for most of the South End of Bainbridge Island...read more

 

A HORSE of a different color

March 3, 2017, American Gas magazine

Puget Sound Energy is partnering with a bioenergy company to pilot a demonstration project on converting food waste from local restaurants into energy for Bainbridge Island...read more

 

Hydropower from BPA is not carbon neutral | Letter to the editor

March 2, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

BPA generates its power from multiple dams and is considered "green power." However, dams impede salmon migration and population...read more

 

City power utility is a waste of time, money | Letter to the editor

Feb. 21, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Island Power likes to talk about the "benefits" of public power...read more

 

Puget Sound Energy Foundation to hold dedication ceremony

Feb. 15, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

The Puget Sound Energy Foundation is installing high-capacity generators at several locations across Kitsap and Whatcom counties...read more

 

Mixing 'green' and 'dirty' power | Letter to the editor

Feb. 15, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Several recent letters to the editor have noted that "green" power and "dirty" power (mainly coal) inevitably come from their respective generating sources to Bainbridge Island via the same electric power transmission lines...read more

 

Scammers are back on Bainbridge | In Our Opinion

Feb. 15, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Tax season is upon us, and evil people want to take your money...read more

 

Public power would be a good deal | Letter to the editor

Feb. 14, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

The Review reports on the cost for islanders to acquire the PSE electric system as found in the just released draft "Bainbridge Island Electric Utility Feasibility Study....read more

 

Snowbound Bainbridge - our favorite photos from the blizzard | Gallery

Feb. 11, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

It's all just a melted memory now. A few days of rain have washed away the remnants of the massive snowstorm that buried Bainbridge Island and much of the Puget Sound region under 4 or more inches of snow...read more 

 

Wind advisory in effect for Bainbridge, Puget Sound

Feb. 10, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

The National Weather Service has issued a wind advisory for the Puget Sound region, including Bainbridge Island, that will remain in effect until 3 p.m. Friday...read more

 

Heavy snow makes travel treacherous, leads to outages

Feb. 6, 2017, Kitsap Sun

Heavy snow has closed schools and knocked out power to many on the Kitsap Peninsula, particularly in the south end, and it's not expected to let up until later this evening...read more

 

Study examines whether public power would work on Bainbridge

Jan. 27, 2017, Kitsap Sun

City leaders got their first look this week at a study examining the feasibility of a public power utility on the island...read more

 

Film on island geology returns

Jan. 27, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Island’s shaking past, and possibly future, will return to the screen in a free second showing of the film, “The Geological Formation of Bainbridge Island,” in February at Bainbridge Cinemas...read more

 

Consultant study: Bainbridge takeover of PSE could cost more than $57 million

Jan. 24, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Purchasing much of Puget Sound Energy’s power system on Bainbridge Island and creating a city-run electric utility could cost more than $57.6 million, according to a draft feasibility study released this week by city officials...read more

 

Bainbridge Power founders to lead Energy lunch talk

Jan. 18, 2017, Port Townsend Leader

Jefferson County Energy Lunch hosts its monthly presentation, which for January focuses on "Assessing Local Energy Values: The Bainbridge Public Power Campaign" at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 19 at the Port Townsend Yacht Club, 2503 Washington St...read more

 

Electrical grid doesn't discriminate | Letter to the editor

Jan. 18, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

"Green" electric-power-only is not an option. That's not how an electrical grid works...read more

 

Bainbridge utility campaign topic of Port Townsend lunch

Jan. 17, 2017, Peninsula Daily News

Co-founders of a movement to give the city of Bainbridge Island the authority to establish a nonprofit electric utility will speak at Jefferson County Energy Lunch on Thursday...read more

 

Local power utility makes no sense | Letter to the editor

Jan. 11, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Mr. Tom Goodwin's letter published on Dec. 16 unfortunately contains both misinformation and disinformation...read more

 

Lights go out on north Bainbridge Island

Jan. 10, 2017, Bainbridge Island Review

Nearly 300 homes on Bainbridge Island lost power early Tuesday night...read more

 

Move to local power in 2017 | Letter to the editor

Dec. 22, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I have a wish for Bainbridge Island in 2017, which is we vote by year's end to establish a public power utility...read more

 

'Tribute Baskets' to be dedicated at Waypoint on Monday

Dec. 17, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Arts & Humanities Bainbridge and the city of Bainbridge Island will celebrate a new addition to the community's public art portfolio, "Tribute Baskets" by Christine Clark...read more

 

Green renewable electricity available now | Letter to the editor

Dec. 10, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Island residents need not wait for green power. It is available today and requires very little effort and cost to switch. You don't need to give up service reliability either...read more

 

Private utility customers are protected | Letter to the editor

Dec. 6, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Citizen oversight is meaningless for public utilities. This is in strong evidence given runaway power rates for the San Juan County public utility OPALCO, and a citizen lawsuit against Jefferson County PUD condemning its secret "executive" meetings...read more

 

Is Puget Sound Energy the best we can do?

Nov. 25, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

How well is Puget Sound Energy serving ratepayers, like you and me? And is a PUD the only other option?...read more

 

BPA power supply not so 'clean' after all

Nov. 25, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

On its webite, Island Power touts the "clean renewable power" that a city-owned electric utility would get from the Bonneville Power Administration...read more

 

Bainbridge council isn't leading on power issue | Letter to the editor

Nov. 22, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

In addition to the excellent letter by Robert Fraik, the city council may be cited for failure to exercise due diligence in light of global warming...read more

 

Islanders would have a say in local power | Letter to the editor

Nov. 21, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Friends of Island Power are local volunteers working to put a measure on a ballot that would give the city of Bainbridge Island the authority to establish an electric utility...read more

 

There's a greener way to get power | Letter to the editor

Nov. 19, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

My friends with the "Bainbridge Municipal Power" movement are admirably concerned about climate change...read more

 

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Nov. 18, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I have lived on Bainbridge for 52 years and have experienced lots of outages from windstorms. I am not unhappy with PSE because they have consistently done their best to improve the situation...read more

 

How a HORSE Can Help with Zero Waste Goals

Nov. 18, 2016, Environmental Leader

HORSES are gobbling up waste at a couple Seattle-area restaurants and breweries and turning that waste into renewable natural gas, or biomethane, which can be used for heat, electricity or transportation fuel...read more

 

Island Power fails at economics and civics

Nov. 16, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

A recent letter to the Review suggested that Island Power will provide better response times to storm outages with local crews and work on reliability upgrades like under-grounding power lines and smart grid programs...read more

 

Be wary about 'reliable' comparisons

Nov. 11, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

In his letter (Oct. 28), an Island Power board member, Randal Samstag, compares PSE's service in Kitsap County to the service a PUD provides in Snohomish County...read more

 

Boys & Girls Club receives timely donation from Puget Sound Energy

Nov. 5, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Many were devastated when Bainbridge Gardens had to cancel this year’s Pumpkin Walk due to inclement weather — the staff at the Boys & Girls Club of Bainbridge Island most of all...read more

 

Poor comparison for Island Power

Nov. 4, 2016, Bainbridge Islander

In the October 28th issue of Bainbridge Islander, letter-writer Jane Lindley suggests that Microsoft's pursuit of green power adds credence to Island Power's push for Bainbridge Island...This will be linked to the source document when the article is posted online.

 

Age-old lesson on irresponsibility

Nov. 4, 2016, Bainbridge Islander

It's no secret I am not a fan of the Bainbridge city council and the way they toss our money around...This will be linked to the source document when the article is posted online.

 

Bainbridge Island's preparedness event was a big success | Letter to the editor

Nov. 4, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

During the last week of September, the city of Bainbridge Island, Bainbridge Island Fire Department, Kitsap Regional Library, Bainbride Island School District, Bainbridge Island Metropolitan Park and Recreation District, Puget Sound Energy, the Bainbridge Island Rotary, the Resilience Guild and many community members partnered to bring the community Three Days of Preparedness...read more

 

Let's work together on energy sources | Letter to the editor

Nov. 4, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I would like to share a consideration in the PSE versus Island Power debate that I haven't heard discussed publicly: Responsibility for our past...read more

 

Power outages here last longer | Letter to the editor

Nov. 3, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review 

Puget Sound Energy's Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission report shows its power outages in Kitsap are the worst of any county it serves...read more

 

Letter of thanks: PSE donated after canceled fundraiser

Oct. 29, 2016, Kitsap Sun

We are very grateful for the money that Puget Sound Energy donated to our Boys & Girls Club to replace the money we lost by having to cancel our fundraiser, Bainbridge Gardens Pumpkin Walk...read more

 

Power outages here last longer | Letter to the editor

Oct. 28, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Puget Sound Energy's Washington Utilities and Transportaiton Commission report shows its power outages in Kitsap are the worst of any county it serves...read more

 

Microsoft shifting to greener power | Letter to the editor 

Oct. 28, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Microsoft wants greener power than PSE can supply. Earlier this month, Clearing Up, an energy industry publication, ran an article about how Microsoft is working on a PSE exit plan...read more

 

Let's work together on new energy sources | Letter to the editor

Oct. 28, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I would like to share a consideration in the PSE versus Island Power debate that I haven't heard discussed publicly: Responsibility for our past...read more

 

Update: Hundreds on Bainbridge still without power Saturday, area braces for next storm

Oct. 15, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

More than 400 homes on Bainbridge Island were still without power following a fierce rain and windstorm that rolled across Western Washington Friday...read more

 

Here are the facts on foreign purchase of PSE | Letter to the editor

Oct. 14, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

In his letter (Sept. 23), Mark Hoffman tries to demonize the group that bought PSE. He uses words like "private equity," "leveraged buyout," and "raking in the money." I represented...read more

 

Update | Power outages expand on Bainbridge Island

Oct. 14, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The number of power outages on Bainbridge Island continued to grow Friday as high winds battered the Puget Sound region into the early afternoon...read more

 

Update | PSE: Nearly 20,000 now without power

Oct. 14, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Puget Sound Energy said nearly 20,000 homes and businesses in Western Washington were without power just before noon Friday, Oct. 14...read more

 

Windstorm cuts power to hundreds of homes on Bainbridge Island

Oct. 14, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

A powerful rain and windstorm has left hundreds without power on Bainbridge Island. Puget Sound Energy reported 14 neighborhoods on Bainbridge were still without power just after 10:30 a.m. Friday...read more

 

Reserve judgment on city-run electric utility | Letter to the editor

Oct. 6, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

In his recent letter, Mr. Mullis asserts that it will not be cheap to get inexpensive Bonneville Power Administration power delivered to our island, since PSE will charge a hefty fee to move that power from Gorst to our island. This is simply wrong...read more

 

Letters: PSE isn't a tool of corporate investors

Oct. 4, 2016, Kitsap Sun

In his letter ("Why can't we control our power?" Oct. 2), Mark Hoffman tries to demonize the investors who bought PSE. He uses scary words like "leveraged buyout," "private equity" and "raking in the most money." I represented...read more

 

Letters: Why can't we control our power?

Oct. 1, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Why can't we control our power? Why should Bainbridge wean itself off power from Puget Sound Energy (PSE)? How about this: After a leveraged buyout back in 2009, PSE is now owned by foreign investors whose investments were managed by Macquarie Capital...read more

 

Power study will inform islanders | Letter to the editor

Sept. 27, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Why should Bainbridge wean itself off power from Puget Sound Energy? How about this fact: After a leveraged buyout back in 2009, PSE is now owned by foreign investors whose investments were managed by Macquarie Capital...read more

 

Disaster preparedness event brings together citizens, pros

Sept. 26, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Bainbridge Prepares, a three-day-long disaster preparation event, will start off a little shaky. But that's a good thing. The second annual event begins Wednesday, Oct. 28 and will feature...read more

 

Council let us down on Island Power issue | Letter to the editor

Sept. 26, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Basic research confirms it. Our skepticism about Island Power's agenda was justified. And the Bainbridge city council let us down when it (5 to 2) authorized payment of $100,000 of our tax dollars...read more

 

Municipal power is not a good idea | Letter to the editor

Sept. 21, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

All that glitters is not gold. Cheap electrical power, exclusively green energy, jobs and local control are being promised with almost evangelical zeal...read more

 

Island eatery to host new bioenergy pilot program

Sept. 19, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The punctual crowd looking for a brew and a bite at the Harbour Public House just before lunch on Tuesday had to step lightly around the giant crane delivering a 13,000-pound "horse" to the spot that used to be a small herb garden near the island eatery's front entrance...read more

 

Hearing planned on expanded utility taxes

Sept. 17, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge Island City Council will hold a public hearing later this month to consider expanding utility taxes to non-city utility providers...read more

 

Let's leave the utility professionals in charge | Letter to the editor

Sept. 15, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Who would regulate the proposed city of Bainbridge electric utility? Did you know that a private power company like Puget Sound Energy is regulated by two government agencies...read more

 

Bainbridge biodigester will eat like a HORSE

Sept. 13, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Like many digestive systems that find themselves at the Harbour Public House in Winslow, one that made its way there Tuesday was about ready to eat...read more

 

On the path to a golden isle | In our opinion

Sept. 8, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

We were encouraged by the discussion at the Bainbridge city council's last meeting that city leaders are considering issuing councilmaniac, or non-voted, municipal bonds to pay for the much needed new police station...read more

 

Please learn how a power grid works | Letter to the editor

Aug. 29, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

What is an electrical grid and how does it work...read more

 

Kickoff nears on city power study

Aug. 28, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The kickoff meeting to launch a feasibility study for creating a city-run electric utility will be held in the third week of September...read more

 

Island deserves unbiased study | Letter to the editor

Aug. 27, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Steve Johnson did get at least one thing right in his letter last week - we deserve facts on the PSE purchase discussion...read more

 

Hazard Hamlet is topic of next Growing Up Safe and Prepared program

Aug. 26, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Join Puget Sound Energy to learn about electricity saety at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 27 at Kids Discovery Museum...read more

 

City utility means access to emission-free energy | Letter to the editor

Aug. 20, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Mr. Davis [July 29 edition of the Review] says if the island were to obtain electric power from Bonneville, we’d still get the same sources as we do now...read more

 

We'll be waiting to learn the high end cost | Letter to the editor

Aug. 14, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The city has authorized a consultant, Hittle, to perform an electric feasibility study. So now we move on to the work...read more

 

Community deserves facts on power utility | Letter to the editor

Aug. 13, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

In recent letters to the editor about public power, Norm Davis asserts that Phil Rockefeller and I are putting out “misstatements and falsehoods"...read more

 

Please remember this debacle at election time | Letter to the editor

Aug. 8, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review 

The continued push by our clueless city council to send Puget Sound Energy packing for an island-run power company demonstrates two things: a lack of business acumen and fiduciary responsibility...read more

 

Switch won't mean different energy source | Letter to the editor 

Aug. 7, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I read the letter to the editor by former Senator Phil Rockefeller. While I respect the senator's past service to our community, many...read more

 

Bainbridge council should do homework first | Letter to the editor

Aug. 6, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

It appears that I’m not the only one to have serious concerns about a proposal currently before the city that would set in motion a process for our city to buy out the Puget Sound Energy infrastructure on the island and transfer it to a city-owned and operated utility...read more

 

City council took bold step on utility proposal | Letter to the editor 

Aug. 3, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I want to congratulate the Bainbridge city council on their 5-2 vote to authorize a study of the feasibility of setting up a city-run electric utility...read more

 

The next big idea for Bainbridge Island | Letter to the editor

Aug. 3, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Arguably, happiness is wanting the things you have. I feel lucky to live in a small, quirky town located in a naturally beautiful part of the world — but I can’t get past this Bainbridge utility idea...read more

 

Bainbridge power study is a big waste of money | Letter to the editor 

Aug. 2, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I was clearing out a drawer of old brochures, maps, etc. and came across the 2012 Bainbridge Island Almanac prepared and distributed by the Bainbridge Island Review...read more

 

Local power means more taxes, bad serivce | Letter to the editor 

July 31, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Dave Mackenzie and Sally Adams are right on with their paid advertisement regarding the huge movement by a few aggressive folks who would like to change us to "Island Power." ... read more

 

Bainbridge power study not expected until winter

July 30, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The much-anticipated consultant study on the potential for creating a city-run electric company isn’t expected until the end of the year...read more

 

Letters: Island-owned utility is the right idea

July 29, 2016, Kitsap Sun

I have used Colorado Public Power, Snohomish Counti PUD, Seattle Light, PSE and more for electricity during my life...read more

 

Disclosure needed on conflict of interest | Letter to the editor

July 24, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The chamber of commerce does a lot of important work on this island. I am a former member of the chamber mysel...read more

 

Study won't win hearts or minds | In our opinion

July 19, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Last week in this space, we asked the city to get a reality check on the idea to give Puget Sound Energy the gate while creating a new city-owned and operated electric utility...read more

 

Bainbridge council votes to hire consultant to study possible city takeover of PSE on island

July 17, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Continuing  down a path that some called “shameful” and “a huge and unnecessary waste of money,” the Bainbridge city council voted Tuesday to spend nearly $100,000 to have a consultant investigate the idea of the city starting its own electric company...read more

 

Bainbridge will hire consultant to study a public electric utility

July 13, 2016, Kitsap Sun

The City Council voted Tuesday to commission a study that will examine the feasibility of a public electric utility on the island...read more

 

Opposition heats up against city-run electric utility on Bainbridge 

July 11, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Public opposition to the proposal to create an island-based public power company continues to ramp up as city officials contemplate spendin $100,000 on a feasibility study for a city-run electric utility...read more

 

City power study is a waste of money, resources | In our opinion 

July 10, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Don't waste the money. We find ourselves in wholehearted agreement this week with the Bainbridge Island Chamber of Commerce on the city proposal...read more

 

Bainbridge taxpayers can say goodbye to $100,000 | Letter to the editor 

July 10, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

On July 12, the city council will almost certainly vote to spend approximately $100,000 for a consultant study to do an "impartial" study of the city purchasing PSE Bainbridge assets and the city running an electrical power utility...read more

 

Ask city council members to retain consultant for power feasibility study | Letter to the editor

July 9, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

As a person who served as state senator for our community for many years, I know fact-finding matters when considerin important policy issues...read more

Letters: Study needed for island's utility decision

July 9, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Please ask our City Council to vote on July 12th to study the feasibility of public power for Bainbridge Island...read more

 

Letters: Focus on improving PSE, not new utility

July 9, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Bob Dylan was right - 'You don't need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows'...read more

 

Bainbridge council should pursue city power utility study | Letter to the editor

July 3, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I've been watching the letter writing campaigns and studying some of the issues and opportunities around the possibility for publicly-owned power on Bainbridge Island...read more

 

Island Power has inside connection to consultant | Letter to the editor 

July 1, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Island Power wants the city to agree to pay $100,000 to a consulting firm, D. Hittle and Associates...read more

 

Power study goes in wrong direction | Letter to the editor 

June 27, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The letter "Don't scrimp on power study for new city utility" (June 3) is both intellectually and morally wrong...read more

 

Public power facts worth the money | Letter to the editor 

June 24, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

For more than 70 years, PSE's monopoly franchise to serve Bainbridge Island has never been questioned, in spite of PSE rates...read more

 

PSE town hall on utility choice wasn't objective | Letter to the editor 

June 21, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I attended the presentation by PSE at the museum on Monday night as I wanted to hear what they had to say about their service...read more

 

Bainbridge gets left out to dry with PSE switch | Letter to the editor 

June 12, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I recall asking my brother how the town he lived in could survive without any industry. His response was, “We just take in each other’s wash.” Bainbridge Island’s city fathers have a different solution...read more

 

City-run electric utility is a financial gamble | Letter to the editor 

June 9, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

It is utterly impractical, and financially risky, for a city our size to take on the complex and difficult responsibility of operating and managing an electrical utility business. Forecasting service needs, and the engineering design and construction of a distribution plant, are complicated and costly...read more

 

Letters: No straight answers from PSE

June 8, 2016, Kitsap Sun

I attended the presentation by PSE at the museum on Monday night, as I wanted to hear what they had to say about their service on the Island, and to ask them about why they were resistant to even a study of municipal vs. PSE power...read more

 

Don't scrimp on power study for new city utility | Letter to the editor 

June 8, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Naysayers who would have the city council scrimp on studying how we might operate a public electric utility are myopically uninformed and should not carry the day...read more

 

Study goes in the wrong direction | Letter to the editor 

June 7, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

I stand with others who have voiced concerns here about pursuing a city-owned and city-operated energy utility. What’s proposed by Island Power is a government takeover of Puget Sound Energy’s facilities on Bainbridge Island...read more

 

Path to the ballot for island residents | Letter to the editor 

June 6, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Have you ever had an idea that you thought would be good for the island? Good enough that people might want to vote on it? No? Well, if you did, you’d quickly find out there is no easy path to put a measure on the ballot...read more

 

Look elsewhere to reduce carbon gases | Letter to the editor 

June 4, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Gold and precious stones could not induce me to say derogatory things about the mewing’s of the Bainbridge Islander NIMBYS who want “clean power” from Bonneville instead of from PSE’s Colstrip while doing nothing about our own carbon footprint…read more

 

Town hall with PSE coming next week

June 4, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Puget Sound Energy will host a town hall meeting 7 p.m. Monday, June 6 at the Bainbridge Island Museum of Art auditorium to answer questions and concerns about what the future might hold for electric services on the island…read more

 

City electric utility may not be a great deal | Letter to the editor 

May 30, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review     

Island Power claims on its website that power from Bonneville Power Administration would be “renewable” and “100 percent carbon-free.” What a great deal! But let’s look at these claims more closely…read more

 

Money for power study is cash well-spent | Letter to the editor 

May 29, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

In your recent opinion piece the Review argued against the city spending money on a feasibility study now to create a public power electric utility on Bainbridge...read more

 

Beware of promises of lower electricity rates | Letter to the editor 

May 28, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

It’s true that public utility districts (PUDs) provide power and water to many areas in our state...read more

 

City needs to get its priorities straight | Letter to the editor 

May 19, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

The Bainbridge Island City Council has much to do. Buying the PSE electric power system on the island should not be one of those priorities…read more

 

It’s real money – our money | In our opinion

May 17, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

This is real money we’re talking about here...read more

 

Speak out against city utility measure | Letter to the editor 

May 8, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Are we in another city spending spree?...read more

 

City-managed power company is a bad idea | Letter to the editor 

May 5, 2016, Bainbridge Island Review

Please don’t do it!...read more

 

City interviewing bidders on public power study

April 28, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Bids are in for a feasibility study on municipal power and the city manager is moving forward with interviews for each of the companies…read more

 

Bainbridge councilman proposes extending initiative, referendum powers to voters

April 13, 2016, Kitsap Sun

Bainbridge Island Councilman Ron Peltier on Tuesday proposed extending powers of initiative and referendum to the city's voters. Referendums would allow residents to review some proposed city laws and vote on them…read more

 

Bainbridge Island issues RFP for electric municipalization feasibility study

March 11, 2016, Clearing Up

The City of Bainbridge Island has asked for bids to conduct a feasibility study of electric utility municipalization...read more

 

Bainbridge will seek public power study

March 9, 2016, Kitsap Sun

The City Council will request proposals for a feasibility study about municipal power, after a vote at Tuesday's council meeting…read more

 

Cost of study on Bainbridge municipal power gives council pause

March 2, 2016, Kitsap Sun

City Council discussion on a feasibility study for a municipal power company on Bainbridge Island centered on balancing the affordability of the study with giving residents enough information before voting…read more

 

Bainbridge task force to study public power utility

Dec. 16, 2015, Kitsap Sun

City Manager Doug Schulze is organizing a volunteer task force to help the city consider creating a public-owned power provider on Bainbridge Island…read more

 

Bainbridge takes up talk of public power

Oct. 3, 2015, Kitsap Sun

The Bainbridge Island City Council will take the first step toward considering municipal public power during Tuesday night’s council meeting, according to Mayor Anne Blair. The council will discuss how many signatures are needed…read more