Let me be clear on where I stand. I will vote yes for Boulder ballot measures 2B and 2C!
It is an unfortunate mix up that inappropriately-named “Boulder Smart Energy Coalition” chose to list me as one of their supporters on their web site after I asked them how I could help to answer their questions. I do not support them. They do not seem to be seeking answers; rather their interest seems to be served by spreading doubt and fear. Repeated calls to the phone number listed on their web site have not been returned. The city staff and, independently, RenewablesYes.org have done a great job by answering the questions that can be answered and making conservative estimates where exact costs are unknowable. Google “Boulder’s Energy Future” for much detail on municipalization.
Voting yes for 2B and 2C will enable us, the community of Boulder, to take control of our electric service. The Boulder community will determine if (and most likely confirm that) going forward we will have low rates, high reliability, and progressively lower our carbon footprint as we take advantage of up-to-date technology and future advances in power generation and distribution.
I realize that the full economic advantage of cutting out the high overhead of Xcel corporate bureaucracy will not be entirely realized for the first 30 years as we pay off the bonds, but future generations of Boulder citizens will enjoy a huge price/performance advantage over Xcel’s customers who will still be paying for the Xcel coal-fired generation plants as well as the corporate bureaucracy.