Whoa! How come this energy municipalization chatter seems to be All Excel vs All Boulder? Maybe it’s some form of negotiating strategy to extract a better deal from Excel? I can only hope. Some form of middle ground seems viable, and it’s called a partnership. I’m not interested in hearing from unqualified volunteers (with vested interests) about running a reliable (99.999% Operable) electrical system. Over the past 25 years I’ve lived in town, Xcel and the Colorado PUC have demonstrated that reliability. I can’t fathom a City run municipal energy company providing the necessary maintenance and upgrade to our current antiquated distribution network for “the same costs”. We hear about Generation costs and types of energy production, but no discussion about the grid and the connections to our homes and businesses. That has to be a big expense. I and most others have come to rely on 24/7/365 electricity. It’s like Air and Water, a need vs a want. I don’t like pollution. I don’t want to pollute the world for our future generations. But there are no instant gratification solutions I’ve heard about, so lets wean ourselves from the “Dirty Coal”, the “Frack’n Natural Gas” and “The Oh My Nuclear Power”. If we all believe, lets put our money where are mouths are and start taxing ourselves like the Open Space taxes. I’m In! In fact, let’s put wind and solar farms on our open space, we sure do have the acreage and the sun and wind. Forget Nederland, let’s dam the Canyon for our own Hydro, sorry Sugarloaf bye-bye to you too. We can ban all cars and lawnmowers in the City. We can rip out all those power gobbling AC units and replace them with Swamp coolers. Insulation for everyone while we are at it. Maybe we can all reduce our consumption by 10% to 20%? But in the mean time, as we transition, leave my electrons from Excel alone!
P.S. How’s that train station to/from nowhere coming along? Oh, I meant Transit Village !!! It’s only been 6 or 7 years worth of taxes and nothing to show for it. If that’s any comparison of how the City will handle our power supply, I’m not hopeful.