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Municipal Utilities

On November 5th, Local Power Is on the Line

John Farrell | Posted 01.23.2014 | Denver
John Farrell

Will it be another example of how a corporate monopoly buries its political and economic opponents? Or will it be Boulder's shot heard 'round the world of locals taking charge of their energy future?

8 Practical Local Energy Policies to Boost the Economy

John Farrell | Posted 12.08.2013 | Green
John Farrell

The economy has stalled and so has the war on climate change. But a new report from the Institute for Local Self-Reliance shows that dozens of cities are boosting their local economies while dramatically reducing greenhouse gases.

Michigan Town Tearing Out Its Streetlights In Cost-Cutting Measure

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 01.07.2012 | Business

The economic slowdown has put countless people out of work and eliminated millions of dollars in homeowner wealth. States and cities haven't been immu...

Utility Fights Dirty in City's Battle for Clean Local Energy

John Farrell | Posted 12.14.2011 | Denver
John Farrell

In just three weeks, citizens of Boulder, CO, will vote on whether to begin a big, formal process to unplug from Xcel Energy's system and plug into local energy self-reliance.

Jackie Ginley

Hercules Municipal Utility Has Drained City Coffers | Jackie Ginley | Posted 10.16.2011 | San Francisco

Reporters Bob Porterfield and Jackie Ginley are exploring the financial challenges facing Hercules for The Huffington Post and Hercules Patch. HERC...

Boulder Can Own Its Power With Distributed Generation

Anne Butterfield | Posted 07.16.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

If Xcel proposes "business as usual" with its exposure to fossil fuels and a rate hike of 33 percent in nine years, Boulder's case for municipalization becomes starkly stronger.

Rocky Road for Clean Energy, Views Still Great

Anne Butterfield | Posted 02.22.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

Boulder city staff have formally defined the parameters of Boulder's quest for a clean energy future, with or without Xcel Energy.

Pay the Same, Get More: No New Boulder Franchise Agreement

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

If Boulder makes a commitment to get more information to voters for November's ballot, it has a real chance to pay the same but get more from its energy supply.

Paying the IOU: Boulder and its Expiring Xcel Franchise

Anne Butterfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver
Anne Butterfield

With Xcel, Boulder pays Cadillac prices to cruise at the clean edge of the fossil fuel pack, but with a muni, we could be in a thrifty Prius zooming towards lots of wind and solar, shielded from coal's various costs.

Corporate "Smart" Initiatives Will Test California Voters' Smarts Tuesday

Jamie Court | Posted 05.25.2011 | Los Angeles
Jamie Court

Spending tens of millions of dollars on deceptive TV advertising could be enough to buy public policy in California. You can bet companies across America will be watching closely to see what happens.