Boulder hangs tough, continues push for municipal electric system
Boulder Reporter | Apr 18, 2017
The hardcore pro-“muni” crowd gathered outside Boulder’s Municipal Building to revisit the talking points and cheer each other on before a City Council meeting. At that meeting, the Council voted 6-3 to continue its proceedings before state regulators in quest of our taking over our own electrical grid, wresting it from the hands of Minnesota-based Xcel Energy, which extracts some $30 million of profit out of Boulder yearly.
Attendees supporting the “muni” included many from the city’s liberal wing (faces spotted in the crowd: Steve Pomerance, Allyn Feinberg, Steve Fenberg) but also people from the gung-ho pro-growth crowd (Macon Cowles, Bob Morehouse). Interesting.
Former Boulder Mayor Shaun McGrath spoke of Boulder’s prominence nationally as a center of innovation in city government. While working in the Obama White House, a lot of people let him know they think Boulder is a cool and happening place. McGrath agrees.