ANN ARBOR – Local nonprofit A2P2 will be hosting a Public Power Festival in Burns Park from 5-9 p.m. on Sunday.
According to a press release, the event will celebrate the progress the city and local stakeholders have made to create a municipal utility using 100% renewable energy.
The event will feature live music, games, a silent auction, free climate action children’s books, a free Michigan native plant giveaway, food trucks and remarks from A2P2′s newly-formed Advisory Board. According to a release, A2P2 is made up of citizens and organizations who are committed to a publicly-owned and clean energy utility in Ann Arbor.
State Rep. Yousef Rabhi, State Senator Jeff Irwin and founder and chair of the DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council Michelle Deatrick will speak at the event, among others.
Music will be provided by Mustard’s Retreat and Ralph McKee Blues Band.
Registration for the event ranges from $20-$100. To register, click here.
The city of Ann Arbor has a goal to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030, and as part of that, power the city’s electric grid with 100% renewable energy. DTE Energy, the city’s current electric provider, generates the majority of its energy from fossil fuels and plans to become carbon neutral in 2050, according to A2P2.
The city’s Office of Sustainability and Innovations is currently conducting a feasibility study to gauge residents’ interests in a community-owned Sustainable Energy Utility.