In show of municipal power, Boulder votes to ax Xcel
Xcel, which is already a big producer of wind electricity, argued that it was in the best position to help Boulder meet ambitious renewable goals. Its plan aimed to supply 70 percent of the city's power from renewable sources within a year.
November 3, 2011
by David Shaffer
in Star Tribune
The Colorado city will explore creating its own utility after a green-power deal fell through. But the ballot measure isn't the last word.
Voters in Boulder, Colo., narrowly passed a measure Tuesday to replace Xcel Energy Inc. and allow the city to start a municipal electric utility.
The vote came after the collapse this summer of talks in which Xcel sought a 20-year extension of its franchise agreement and offered to boost the amount of electricity supplied from renewable sources like wind power.
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