Ann Arbor public power coalition hosting festival in Burns Park on Sunday

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ANN ARBOR – A festival organized by Ann Arbor for Public Power is coming to Burns Park on Sunday.

The grassroots coalition supports the establishment of a municipal utility that would power the city’s electric grid with 100% renewable energy.

The event will feature food trucks, live music, art for sale, a free Michigan native plant giveaway, games and free climate action books for children.

Speakers at the event include State Senator Jeff Irwin, founder and chair of the DNC Environment and Climate Crisis Council Michelle Deatrick, State Rep. Jason Morgan, County Commissioner Yousef Rabhi and others.

“The City of Ann Arbor has an official goal to power our electric grid with 100% renewable energy by 2030,” reads an event release. “Its current electric provider, DTE Energy, does not plan to become carbon-neutral until 2050, and generates most of its energy from fossil fuels.”

The City of Ann Arbor is currently conducting a feasibility study into a publicly-owned utility.

The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. at the Burns Park shelter on Wells Street. It is free and open to the public, though donations are encouraged.

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Meredith has worked for WDIV since August 2017 and was voted one of Washtenaw County's best journalists in 2019 by eCurrent's readers. She covers the community of Ann Arbor and has a Master's degree in International Broadcast Journalism from City University London, UK.