Powering St. Paul, Empowering Ourselves

The 2020 Pledge Campaign

Pollution from burning fossil fuels has created a global climate crisis and we’re feeling the effects right here in St. Paul:

  • Health problems like asthma from bad air quality
  • Loss of tree cover from pests like emerald ash borer
  • Longer-lasting and more severe flooding
  • Increasingly extreme weather events that threaten our homes and the infrastructure we depend on

But, just as the effects of the climate crisis are felt locally, the solutions can be local too, if we come together and take collective action.

We are collecting signatures from St. Paul residents pledging to support 100% clean, renewable energy in our city and opposing new fossil fuel infrastructure. We’ll present these signatures to City officials and State agencies to send a clear message about what their constituents want, and to corporate officials to show what their customers want. Our goal is to gather three thousand signatures by September 1st.


Why pledge cards?

Although it’s easy to think that only powerful, influential people and money make social changes, history shows us that everyday people uniting in large numbers behind a common goal also make lasting change. The idea of using pledge cards is based on a union organizing technique. But, instead of organizing in a workplace, we’re organizing our communities—all Xcel Energy customers—to take on corporate power.

We are the 307,000 citizens of St. Paul. As one of Xcel Energy’s biggest customers—St. Paul pays more than $350 million a year for energy—our city is uniquely positioned to influence Xcel Energy’s plans. We must come together and demand clean, renewable energy for everyone.

Be a champion for community-owned and locally-produced energy that is both accessible and affordable for everyone. Join us! Complete the St. Paul 350 pledge card now!

Further reading

Energy decisions — Corporations or communities?

Energy equity— For everyone?