Boulder weighs renewal of agreement with Xcel |

Boulder weighs renewal of agreement with Xcel

BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – City administrators don’t think Boulder should renew a 20-year franchise agreement with Xcel Energy and will ask the City Council to pass that recommendation on to voters.

City Manager Jane Brautigam said Friday that Boulder voters have made it clear that they support alternative sources of energy. She says the city should keep its options open and the staff is recommending a five-year tax on Xcel Energy instead of a 20-year agreement.

The franchise agreement allows the utility to use city rights of way in exchange for a fee passed on to customers.

David Eaves of Xcel Energy says he’s disappointed by the staff’s position.

The council will meet Tuesday to decide what to propose to voters.