Xcel letter to Boulder
If you go

What: Boulder Energy Future Roundtable

When: 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. today

Where: Boulder Municipal Building, 1777 Broadway

More info: There will be a brief opportunity for public comment at the end of the round table discussion. To read the full paper on alternatives to municipalization, go to tinyurl.com/bjdo3tq.

Xcel Energy officials today released a letter they sent to Boulder city leaders saying they were pleased the city released a study on alternatives to municipalization that would maintain a partnership between the energy company and Boulder.

The city last week released a "white paper" on alternatives to creating a new municipal utility, even after Boulder voters last year narrowly approved two ballot measures, one authorizing the city to pursue developing a municipal energy utility and the other raising the utility occupation tax to pay for it.

"The white paper makes it clear that the contemplated condemnation to form a municipal utility is only one of many 'means' available to the city to achieve your Energy Future Goals; it is not an 'end' in itself," wrote David Eves, president and CEO of Public Service Company of Colorado -- an Xcel Company. "Xcel Energy strongly believes that we can help the city achieve its Energy Future Goals better, faster and cheaper through collaboration rather than through litigation.

The letter did also state that Xcel disagreed with some of the statements made in the paper regarding Xcel's history with the city that, Eves wrote, "Unfairly cast out company in an unfavorable light," but added the company was willing to work with the city in the future.

"Xcel Energy values our Boulder customers, both for the opportunity to serve, as well as their creative ideas," Eves wrote. "We welcome the opportunity to discuss these concepts, and others that we have been developing, with the city in a transparent public process.