04 Nov '11, 4pm

Boulder votes to secede from the power grid, DIY all its clean energy. Nuts.

Boulder votes to secede from the power grid, DIY all its clean energy. Nuts.

This post originally appeared on Energy Self-Reliant States , a resource of the Institute for Local Self-Reliance's New Rules Project . By a razor-thin margin, Boulder, Colo., citizens gave the city a victory for energy self-reliance on Tuesday, approving two ballot measures to let the city form a municipal utility. If the city moves ahead, it would capture nearly $100 million currently spent on electricity imports, and instead create up to $350 million in local economic development by dramatically increasing local clean energy production. The stage was set over several years, as the city’s multiple pleas for more clean energy were given short shrift by the incumbent electric utility, Xcel Energy. Instead of meeting local demands for more wind and solar power, Xcel instead financed a new coal power plant and told Boulder that it could have more wind power only if it paid e...

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