Paul Culnan: City did a great job at PUC trial


In this era of climate change denial at the federal and state level, it is up to us citizens to do what we can locally. Please stop paying Xcel to produce CO2 on your behalf (over 20 million tons per year for the foreseeable future from Xcel’s Colorado smokestacks). Please bring Xcel’s $30 million annual profit (from just their electric operations in the city) back to the city. Please support municipalization.

The Boulder muni effort was front-page news all last week (July 30-Aug. 5). The Camera has reported tiny bits of the 40 hours of testimony so far at the PUC. The city staff and legal team have done a great job versus the FUD (fear, uncertainty and doubt) with which the Xcel lawyers and witnesses have been inundating the PUC commissioners. It would be really surprising if all parties suddenly decide to agree on everything. It shouldn’t surprise anyone the number of times Xcel witnesses have had to back off their talking points while being questioned by the city’s legal team.

Xcel claims they were not aware that 1,800 poles that their wires are attached to in the city are owned by CenturyLink, but it is the city’s fault that Xcel didn’t know? Xcel claims the city should build a new substation in the Boulder Creek flood plain in order to make the separated system more safe and reliable!? Xcel claims that Boulder should build features into Xcel’s substations, at Boulder’s expense, that Xcel has operated without for 40 years? And of course there is Xcel whining to the commissioners that Boulder’s questioning of Xcel’s motives is “unfair,” when Xcel executives have publicly stated many times that their system is not for sale and they will do whatever they can to prevent municipalization.

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