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Posts Tagged ‘xcel’

Xcel’s Municipalization Offer: Heads They Win, Tails We Lose

Xcel’s Municipalization Offer:  Heads They Win, Tails We Lose

Two weeks ago, Xcel made a set of 11th hour electricity provision offers to Boulder, a so-called “partnership,” and a buy-out option. Readers should understand that Xcel’s offers are not what the city asked for; they are only what Xcel is [...]

Going Down With the Xcel Ship

Going Down With the Xcel Ship

As the Boulder City Council considers the merits of municipalization and Boulder’s carbon reduction goals, it is essential to recognize that there are opportunities and risks with EITHER path going forward—establishing a muni or establishing a [...]

2B or Not 2B—That Is the Question (Along With 1A, 1B, and 2A)

2B or Not 2B—That Is the Question (Along With 1A, 1B, and 2A)

At a PLAN-Boulder County ballot issues forum on Friday, October 10, 2014, the only debate that occurred concerned the wisdom of Ballot Issue 2B, which would allow the Boulder City Council to hold executive sessions to obtain legal advice related to [...]

Boulder’s New Utility Expected to Electrify the Town in 2015

Boulder’s New Utility Expected to Electrify the Town in 2015

At a PLAN-Boulder County forum on Friday, June 13, about the status of Boulder’s municipalization efforts, City Attorney Tom Carr estimated that the city will probably be able to start operating an electric utility by October or November of [...]

Vote No on 310

Vote No on 310

Rail cars loaded with coal Why is Xcel fighting so hard to stop Boulder's effort to start a municipal utility?  Make no mistake, Xcel is behind the wording of Question 310, and is behind the many mailings and full-page ads in support of the [...]

All the Easy Things Have Been Done—a Response to Ken Wilson

All the Easy Things Have Been Done—a Response to Ken Wilson

Second Flat Iron, Boulder, CO by Chad Podoski (flickr creative commons) Good grief, Ken Wilson is such a raging pessimist. We get it, Ken, this is going to be hard. But evidently you did not get the memo: All the easy things have been done. Yes, [...]

Making Sense of Energy Measures on the Ballot: Vote No on 310 and Yes on 2E

Making Sense of Energy Measures on the Ballot: Vote No on 310 and Yes on 2E

Note from the authors: Powerful interests are counting on voter confusion (and are even creating confusion) to thwart Boulder from determining its own clean energy future. Please read on, and help others get informed. There is a lot at stake in this [...]

Utilities Can Make Huge Business Blunders Too

Utilities Can Make Huge Business Blunders Too

Ralph Shnelvar asks us to imagine a catastrophic business blunder by the City of Boulder.   We don't have to imagine this, as such a thing actually happened...to a utility. Montana Power would have been a 100-year-old company if it had survived [...]

Mutual Aid

Mutual Aid

Some photos from an alert Blue Line reader showing an Xcel natural gas main at 4th and Hawthorne being replaced on Thursday by staff of Colorado Springs Utility, a public power utility that was formed by a vote of the public in 1924. Feel free to [...]

Cooling the Climate Candidate Forum: Tackling Smokestacks, Tailpipes and Trash Cans

Cooling the Climate Candidate Forum:  Tackling Smokestacks, Tailpipes and Trash Cans

On September 30, 2013, Boulder City Council candidates and citizens gathered for the "Cooling the Climate Candidate Forum:  Tackling Smokestacks, Tailpipes and Trash Cans."  The forum opened with brief statements from Eco-Cycle, Sierra Club, and [...]

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