Jeremiah Kaplan: Keep the big picture in mind on the muni


It’s easy to lose the forest for the trees regarding Boulder’s municipal utility. Keeping the big picture in mind simplifies the issue:

Climate change is a disaster in the making of unprecedented scale in human history.

We must transition to renewable power as fast as possible.

Xcel, as an investor-owned utility, exists to make profit for its investors. This is not to disparage Xcel, but to understand that their priorities are not in line with Boulder’s regarding climate change. Xcel will not transition to 100 percent renewables any time in the foreseeable future. They would have too many stranded assets. For instance, Comanche III, a $1.5 billion investment, will continue to burn coal until 2070.

Boulder’s municipal utility is the fastest and most effective way for Boulder to transition to 100 percent renewable energy, or at least as close to 100 percent as possible. We will be joining 29 other communities in Colorado that have their own publicly-owned power system.
This Letter to the Editor originally appeared in the Daily Camera.