Opinion | Letter: Yes, what is Mountain Parks Electric Hiding? The Facts
January 10, 2019
I appreciate the local paper printing my recent letter, "What is Mountain Parks Electric hiding?" And it is also encouraging to see that some readers are taking notice; however, I would like to respond to Mr. Capps' reply in Sky-Hi News in order to correct his assertions with some facts:
1. Xcel's residential electric rates are in fact lower than Mountain Parks Electric (MPE) as you can verify with a web search. Effective October 2018 Xcel charges $5.41/month for their service and facility charge plus $0.10078/kWh energy rate; prior to their recent rate increase, MPE was charging $29.00/month for service availability plus $0.10900/kWh energy rate. (I consider myself fortunate to have natural gas service provided by Xcel Energy already.)
2. Any past Xcel multi-million-dollar boondoggles that were paid by their customers were authorized by the Colorado Public Utility Commission (PUC). The PUC has no jurisdiction over electric cooperatives in the State of Colorado; MPE is unregulated.
3. MPE management chooses to avoid transparency by refusing to share requested information, most recently the cost of service study that is the basis for their rate increase. MPE should have nothing to hide, so why do they continue to do so?
MPE will soon award a construction contract for their broadband internet project, an estimated $6-7 million dollar boondoggle that is not needed to provide safe, reliable electric service. I expect the MPE management to operate an effective business, not create another subsidized entitlement program.
Les Shankland, Grand County