08 Nov '11, 10am

Boulder Fires Xcel, Wants Smart Grid on Its Own Terms: The city of Boulder, Colo. narrowly voted last Tuesday

Boulder Fires Xcel, Wants Smart Grid on Its Own Terms: The city of Boulder, Colo. narrowly voted last Tuesday

The city of Boulder, Colo . narrowly voted last Tuesday to establish a light and power municipal utility that will displace the current investor-owned utility, Xcel Energy. The vote will get the ball rolling on the path to municipalization, but Xcel is far from out the door. There are many issues to be resolved. Along with the measure that authorizes the new utility, Question 2C, there was a separate measure, Question 2B, which funds the financial analysis that will assess the feasibility of the new utility. Working out the financial and technical details -- and FERC approval -- is expected to take at least two and perhaps even up to five years. Although there is still a lot of work to be done before a municipal utility could deliver power in Boulder, the decision by voters has raised many questions about SmartGridCity and the ability of Xcel Energy to provide renewable en...

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