12 Jul '11, 7am

When is it time to break up with your utility?

When is it time to break up with your utility?

When is it time to break up with your utility? Perhaps it’s when they come to ratepayers for $30 million in cost overruns on a “free” smart grid project. Or when they fail to meet deadlines to propose a new franchise agreement. Or when they cite national security in an effort to avoid sharing load information. Or when they crash your office with 9 employees to present their delayed franchise plan. Or perhaps when the propose raising rates again to keep up with rising fossil fuel prices. The citizens of Boulder, CO, have put up with a lot from Xcel Energy, the investor-owned utility that spans several states and currently provides the city’s mostly-coal-powered electricity. So it was energizing to be invited to Boulder by Clean Energy Action last week to share how the city could move forward. (my presentation below) Local Power, Local Control View more presentations from Jo...

Full article: http://cleantechnica.com/2011/07/12/when-is-it-time-to-br...

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