Former City Council

Steve Pomerance: How Xcel franchise would work

I’ve heard many misconceptions as to what would happen if we sign this franchise with Xcel Energy. So I’ll try to try to clarify a few points. Regulated for-profit monopoly investor-owned electric utilities (IOUs) like Xcel are not the norm. Competitive markets, including some multi-state, exist in many areas of the U.S. Rural electric associations …

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Three Mayors Weigh In

We three Boulder mayors have helped lead our community’s efforts to decarbonize, decentralize and democratize our energy future. We believe Ballot Measure 2C’s abrupt and premature end to the municipalization effort is a serious mistake. Boulder’s energy journey spans five ballot issues where our citizens repeatedly confirmed their desire to establish a municipal electric utility—if …

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Pomerance: Bad process, worse outcome on Xcel ballot proposal

August 17, 2020 Over the last months, Boulder officials had a number of closed-door meetings with Xcel Energy. They appear to be following the rules for executive sessions (rejected by the voters in 2017) where nothing is revealed other than the basic topics. Given this lack of information, citizens attempting to provide input in the …

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Steve Pomerance: Xcel contributing to campaigning for the Franchise

August 5, 2020 To the Council: I read in today’s Daily Camera article that City Attorney Tom Carr stated that under the Franchise Agreement, Xcel cannot give contributions in the November election. See below for the section of the Camera story. This was in response to Mark Wallach’s very reasonable request that Xcel not contribute …

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