Boulder Going Down a Slippery Slope


Boulder, Colorado, as so many other communities, is looking for "green" electric production.

By simply purchasing the privately managed utility, there is no guaranteed "green" to anyone. The only green will be the additional monies that will have to be paid if the company is not properly managed after the eminent domain proceeding.

The notion of private utilities providing service to local communities is that the utilities are to be properly managed in order to minimize costs, with fair and appropriate regulation by some type of regulatory commission. The notion that just because the city takes over a utility, everything will be spiffy, is simply misplaced.

The reality is that citizens want fairly priced and clean sources of energy to the extent possible. However, to use the notion that clean energy is required and only clean energy controlled by the government is required, thereby necessitating the acquisition of privately-controlled utilities, assures communities in the future that while the expense will be there, the "Green" may not be.

For the past decade, the people of Boulder, Colo., have pursued an elusive goal: getting more clean energy into their grid. To do so, they pushed and prodded utility company Xcel Energy to give them a say in electricity decisions…..
Under municipalization, cities take over utilities’ local electricity operations. They buy the wires, substations and meters, run the electrical grid and select which power plants will supply their power. Most Americans get electricity from mainly fossil fuel-generating plants, usually owned by large utilities. Breaking away theoretically gives cities freedom to add as much clean energy as is technically and financially possible.