Boulder sees upside if the Colorado city breaks from Xcel Energy

  • Article by: Wire services
  • Updated: February 22, 2013 - 9:43 PM

But the march toward municipalization could be a long one, with no takeover of the city’s electrical distribution system until 2017.

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paige7Feb. 22, 13 9:27 PM

Good for Boulder. Corporate profits are so obscene these days, that it's nice to see these kinds of things going back to local ownership and operation. Creating local jobs, with the main focus and accountability to your neighbors.... not to a CEO who makes millions.

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ebenezerFeb. 23, 13 9:28 AM

(1) Are the 12 breakaway municipalities mentioned financially sound and providing lower than market electrical rates for customers? (2) Sounds like another "music man" scenario similar to that now going on with municipal ownership of broadband facilities. -----A fair and reasonable partnership is always a better way, but the fact most folks don't understand the real costs behind running a business, even at break-even, always causes perceived injustice conversations. Monticello, MN is struggling with their broadband plan, and Lake County, MN has exposed its residents to a potential $100+ million dollar broadband debt payoff. And, lo and behold, with all this "public good" focus the rates eventually end up the same or higher. Monticello has now been begging its citizens to pay more for the good of the community (actually, the good of its debt burden). Lake County has projected "market competitive" rates, so where are those promised savings? I continue to be astounded by the folks pushing so many of these projects.

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jncFeb. 23, 13 4:05 PM

xcel does employ a large amount of people in colorado seems to me like their cutting their own throat

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