A Better Option for Our Electricity Future


In the endless discussion on the Boulder muni, I think people are asking for choice. To me the best approach is for the state of Colorado to do what Nevada did recently and allow consumers to choose among electricity providers. That way, people throughout the state can choose a different electricity provider rather than Xcel by simply filling out an online form.

In the best-case scenario for the Boulder muni, operations won’t start for five years. I assume that Colorado will have a Nevada-type model before then and at that point the idea of a Boulder muni will look ridiculous.

I think City Council should pause the muni plan and work with state officials to get a Nevada-type model in place. That approach will work for the whole state, make much more business sense, be more cost-effective and avoid the risk and embarrassment of Boulder actually being stuck in running and maintaining a utility. Really, who would want to have that kind of business when all trends point to open, flexible arrangements with distributed power?

This Letter to the Editor was originally published in the Daily Camera.