John Driver: Electric franchise agreement: It’s time to say ‘yes’
Boulder’s clean energy initiative has come to a crossroads. We can now partner up with Xcel Energy for our carbon-free objective or continue fighting the company, requiring the city to direct precious funds away from other important city programs and services.
Neil Kolwey: Electric franchise agreement: Let’s adapt with the times
Boulder’s original initiative to pursue forming its own municipal utility, passed by the voters in 2011, was a good idea. However, as many wise people have pointed out, “things change.” The city has spent more than $25 million and has basically achieved a better bargaining position, but nothing else. Now it is time to cash in on the better position.