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Xcel or Boulder Light and Power: What is the Right Choice For Boulder’s Energy Future?

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Start:
October 18, 2011 5:00 pm
End:
October 18, 2011 7:00 pm
Venue:
CU Campus
Address:
Hale Science 270, Boulder, United States

Contact: Bruce Goldstein, Planning and Design, CU, bruce.goldstein@ucdenver.edu

On November 1st, Boulder voters will decide whether to authorize city council to form a municipal electrical utility, in place of our corporate provider, XCEL.

At this campus forum, we will consider whether a municipal electrical utility will enable Boulder to achieve greater equity, ecological health, and economic prosperity, or whether these goals are better met through continued partnership with Xcel.

Hunter Lovins will begin by describing Boulder’s future climate and energy challenges. Following Hunter’s talk, a team composed of a professional and a student activist drawn from each side of this contentious debate will present their case, followed by questions from Hunter and the audience.

Keynote Speaker: Hunter Lovins of Natural Capitalism Solutions

A worldwide recognized leader in helping companies and communities profit from more sustainable practices, Hunter Lovins has authored and co-authored numerous books, including Brittle Power (1982), Energy Unbound (1986), Factor Four – Doubling Wealth, Halving Resource Use (1997), Green Development (1998), Natural Capitalism (1999), Climate Capitalism (2011), and hundreds of papers and articles. She was named one of Time magazine’s “Hero for the Planet” in 2000 and Newsweek dubbed her a “Green Business Icon” in 2009.

Panelists:

For Xcel:

Bob Bellemere: Involved in most of the municipalization cases in the past 10 years and a registered engineer with over 25 years in the utility industry

Yazan Fattaleh: CU Student

For Boulder Light and Power:

Jim Hartmann: local businessman, architect and energy investor who has lived in Boulder since 1980

Adam Estroff, CU Student