- Boulder, Colorado, has asked Xcel Energy to supply power as the city continues working to form a municipal utility and condemn the utility's local distribution assets.
- The request for proposals calls for power to be delivered beginning in 2018 and for a term of at least five years.
- The city is still in the process of filing to form the municipal utility, and is preparing to submit a proposal to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission.
The city of Boulder has made what may seem like an unusual request — it wants Xcel Energy to supply power for at least five years, ensuring a smooth transition as the city forms a municipal utility and takes over the company's service territory. It's an odd idea because in forming a city-owned utility, Boulder is seeking to condemn Xcel's distribution system, the Boulder Daily Camera reports, including portions of six substations and a transmission line.
John Spitzer, a a member of Boulder's planning board, told the Daily Camera that while it "may seem odd ... it's always good for opposing parties to negotiate and to reach a smooth transition, and I feel that's the case here."