Minnneapolis Energy Options – an alternative to Xcel Energy?

Did you catch last week’s show? If not, listen to it here!

Our guests Louis Alemayehu and Dylan Kesti shared their vision for Minneapolis Energy Options (MEO) – a coalition of organizations and neighbors interested in expanding energy options for the City of Lakes. MEO supports more conservation and energy efficiency, local renewable energy and democratic control of our energy system.

There are lots of ways to get involved with this righteous campaign:

  1. Log on to DONATE & VOLUNTEER: http://www.minneapolisenergyoptions.org/

  2. Host a House Party to get your friends and neighbors informed and involved with the campaign email dylan@minneapolisenergyoptions.org or call 612-627-4035 x305

  3. Attend the MEO Monthly Meeting June 11th at 6PM at Powderhorn Park

  4. Join in at the UpTown Neighborhood Conversation June 10th at 3:30-6PM at Common Roots Cafe 2558 Lyndale Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55405

  5. If you live in Minneapolis, call your City Council Member to support Minneapolis Energy Options and Vote yes to put our question on the ballot, and keep our energy options open.

  6. If you are connected with any organization, neighborhood group, place of worship, or other network that could help get the word out, schedule a time to talk with them about MEO in a meeting between now and July. If you want someone from the campaign to come in and give more information, notify dylan@minneapolisenergyoptions.org


Louis Alemayehu is a writer, educator, activist, poet, father, and grandfather of African and Native American heritage. He offers workshops and consultations on racism, culture, environmental justice and community building. His writing has appeared in national and international publications such as The International Process Work Journal, DRUM, the Transitions Network and the Energy Bulletin.  Alemayehu is a founding member of the seminal, award winning poetry/jazz ensemble,Ancestor Energy.  In 2009 the Minnesota Spoken Word Association presented Alemayehu an Urban Griot award for 30 years of excellence as a pioneering spoken word artist. In late 2011, Louis developed the concept of Minneapolis Energy Options (MEO) with George Crocker and Timothy Denher-Thomas.  In 2012 the Process Work Institute in Portland Oregon certified Louis as a “World Work Elder”.

Dylan Kesti is the campaign coordinator with Minneapolis Energy Options a campaign to keep our city’s energy options open so we can secure a clean, affordable, reliable, and local energy future. Dylan holds a dual degree in global politics and communication from The College of St. Scholastica, and a M.A. in global environmental policy from American University based in Washington D.C. Dylan worked as an intern with the Environmental Working Group in Washington, D.C. lobbying for a fair and sustainable farm bill. Most recently Dylan was teaching with the Higher Education Consortium of Urban Affairs (HECUA) as the Instructor to a semester long program on Environmental Sustainability. As an organizer Dylan continues to work for social, racial, and environmental justice in policy and practice as a policy advocate and activist. He is a co-founder of The Great Minnesota Outing, volunteers with Youth Farm and Market Project, and is a member of Sustainable Progress through Engaging Active Citizens (SPEAC).


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