The Pueblo Chieftain: Don’t drink Kool-Aid regarding Black Hills
Author: The Pueblo Chieftain Editorial Board - November 20, 2018 - Updated: November 20, 2018
Word to the wise: If the residents of Boulder are questioning whether something is too expensive for their well-off town, it just might be too pricey for our city, too.
Last week, members of Pueblo’s Electric Utility Commission heard from three Boulder officials about that city’s eight-year fight to dump Xcel Energy and create its own municipal utility company. One of Boulder’s former mayors, a former councilman and a current councilman didn’t exactly paint a rosy picture of what lies ahead if Pueblo decides to follow a similar path and divorce itself from Black Hills Energy.
Boulder voters decided to part ways with Xcel back in 2010, but that’s proven to be easier said than done. So far, the city has spent $14 million on legal fees – and is on the hook to pay Xcel’s legal fees as well. The trio of Boulder leaders who spoke to the commission said it might take another five years to make the switchover, provided the total cost doesn’t exceed the voter-approved cap of $214 million.