Imagine if Wednesday’s snowstorm occurred when we were dependent for electricity on a small, local utility. Where would they find and how would they mobilize the expert personnel to restore power quickly when so much of the city was affected by a single event? What would be the effect on our utility bills? For a large company like Xcel, the area affected is small, the resources available to fix the problems rapidly are relatively large, and their accumulated experience in dealing with local disasters enables them to respond promptly and efficiently.
This storm illustrates just one reason, of many, why I cannot support 2B and 2C. Boulder’s limited funds can be better spent in cooperative efforts with Xcel to provide incentives for increased solar use and a larger share of wind energy.