Making public utilities public is a key to reversing the destructive effects of the neo-liberal corporate domination of the economy from which we have suffered too long. "Re-municipalization" of energy utilities is, as Sarah van Gelder reports, an important way to regain public control of this critical social function and speed up its transformation in the effort to reduce carbon emissions.
Fighting the propaganda of "mainstream" economics, which claims superiority of 'privatized' functions despite no positive evidence and the growing body of contrary evidence, is an uphill battle, since the mass media are controlled by the corporate elite. That is why local and regional organizing to reassert 'community sovereignty is so important.
Many "invester owned" public utilities, such as PNM here in New Mexico, drag their feet on solar and wind, preferring to invest in archaic coal and natural gas from destructive fracking, because they can make guaranteed profits on the larger quantities of capital invested and on the larger maintenance costs of non-renewable energy sources.
Simply put, this situation is a corruption of the public interest, and the public ought to organize to divest itself from the failures of privatized methods of performing public functions as quickly as possible.