Xcel Energy City of Boulder Disagree

There’s been much talk about Xcel Energy and Boulder, Colorado discussing their agreements about supplying the City of Boulder with Electricity lately, and the conversations are heating up.

It seems Xcel is angry that Boulder has halted its task force of community members tasked with discussing the new plans.

Apparently the Boulder City Council determined that the task force should stop meeting until Xcel Energy gets more clear on what it intends to offer the city in lieu of the City of Boulder firing up its own municipal electric utility.

 

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This was supposed to be a joint task force to determine what Xcel Energy might bring to the table for the City of Boulder, especially with regards to various carbon-cutting programs it intends to offer Boulder.

City Council members have said that the task force members provided worthwhile community and professional input about possible alternatives, but it seemed to be a one-sided effort, and consequently a poor use of their time until Xcel steps up to the plate and contributes more to the efforts.

Apparently this isn’t making the folks at Xcel very happy, and they’ve openly criticized the Boulder City Council about their decision to halt further meetings for now.

The task force is still planning to meet again in January, and again in April, provided Xcel completes more research and analysis, and Xcel is supposed to present a whole host of programs it’s willing to consider. The city is also looking for a cost-benefit analysis, and information on the impact on rates as well as the aforementioned carbon reductions sometime in June from Xcel Energy.

One road the city may go down is to move forward with its municipalization plans which could include condemnation proceedings to acquire Xcel’s Boulder assets (Valmont Power Station?), sometime this spring. The city could work something out with Xcel, but that opportunity seem sot be less likely once the next few months pass and we get into late 2014 if Boulder invests more money in the municipalization process.

Will Xcel get left in the dust? Will that be good for the City of Boulder? What happens to your electricity rates?

Zachary Epps, GRI, ABR, REALTOR®, Eco-Broker®, full-time RE/MAX professional, and author of

The Boulder Real Estate and Neighborhood Guide 

The Boulder Condo Guide 

The Home Buyer’s Handbook

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