I listened to the interview with Boulder Councilman Sam Weaver on KGNU's "Connections" show on Friday, Jan. 13. It reminded me why Boulder began exploring municipalization in the first place.
It all began several years ago when independent studies by a citizens' group and by the city determined that we could reduce our carbon pollution emissions by 60 percent without raising rates.
We then realized that with a municipal utility, we could have local control. We wouldn't have to go through both Xcel and the Public Utilities Commission to simply get permission for things like buying and selling renewable energy with our neighbors, or enabling high-reliability zones around hospitals or high-tech facilities.
With a municipal utility, decisions about our energy future will be made by people we can have lunch with — City Council and Energy Advisory Board members.
It has also come to light that a municipal utility could unleash local entrepreneurs in the energy sector. Since that initial realization, the costs of renewables have plunged more rapidly than the original modeling anticipated. Thus the economic outlook for a municipal utility is looking better than ever.
I was proud to learn that since the early days of the muni exploration, the city has followed through on its commitment to reducing its contribution to carbon pollution by 34 percent between 2008 and 2015.
This is particularly encouraging because focus on local action is more important now than it ever has been.
So I agree with what people are saying: It's time to power forward with Boulder Light and Power.
For those interested in listening to the show in its entirety, it is archived on the KGNU website: kgnu.org/connections.