Chris Hoffman: Say no to Xcel


City Council is about to make a huge decision and is being pressured by Xcel to do the wrong thing (“Proposed Xcel settlement a bad deal for Boulder,” Daily Camera, April 9). “Settlement” may sound like a good thing, but Xcel’s proposals are simply “Heads, we win; tails, you lose.”

You can see this for yourself in the video of the council’s April 5 study session (http://boulderco.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=2&clip_id=696 ).

Listen to David Eves, president of Xcel’s Colorado operating company. Every time a council person asks Mr. Eves directly how Boulder can be sure that something productive will come out of the “partnership,” Mr. Eves responds by saying things like “I’m really excited about the partnership,” or “I believe we can achieve Boulder’s goals together,” or “We’re going to work with the city.” Statements like these are worthless in court and at the PUC. In accepting another franchise — which is what the alleged partnership represents, Boulder would surrender all leverage over Xcel in exchange for empty promises.

Also watch how Xcel’s other proposal (the “buyout”) is so overpriced that it would require Boulder to spend so much money that it would put Boulder’s bonds in junk bond status and raise our electricity rates.

We are soon to hear a ruling from the PUC that will give Boulder voters information we need related to proceeding further. All Xcel wants to do right now is to throw a monkey wrench into the machinery and stop the process at the PUC. Once that happens, it’s game over.

The citizens of Boulder have voted in favor of exploring municipalization in numerous elections. Now is the time for City Council members to stand up for democracy and for the future of the planet. Say no to Xcel and let us hear from the PUC.
This Letter to the Editor was originally published in the Daily Camera.