From “Plan would boot PSE in favor of Thurston public utility district“, The Olympian, January 5, 2012 by John Dodge
A nonprofit group formed last month in support of public power in Thurston County will kick off an initiative drive this weekend to place a measure on the November ballot asking voters to electrify the Thurston County Public Utility District.
The group, which calls itself the Thurston Public Power Initiative, needs 10,733 signatures of county residents who are registered voters to qualify for the ballot, group spokesman John Pearce said.
Meanwhile, two of the three PUD commissioners have voiced support for a $50,000 feasibility study to look into the pros and cons of the public utility taking over electrical service in Thurston County from Puget Sound Energy, the private utility that serves the county.
The two separate-but-related activities are likely to spark community discussion and debate over public versus private power to a degree not seen in Thurston County in decades.
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