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Boulder moves to acquire [steal] Xcel Energy distribution network through condemnation
Daily Camera ^ | 7/17/2014 | Erica Meltzer

Posted on 07/18/2014 8:26:19 AM PDT by catnipman

Article Subtitle:

Utility says city's filing 'ignores state law and is premature'

"Boulder initiated long-threatened condemnation proceedings against Xcel Energy on Thursday, filing a legal petition seeking to acquire through eminent domain portions of the company's electric distribution network to serve as the backbone of a future municipal utility."

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(Excerpt) Read more at dailycamera.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: boulder; energy; xcel
Popcorn-worthy three-ring circus with City of Boulder, Xcel Energy, and the Colorado PUC, as City of Boulder tries to steal a chunk of a privately owned electric utility.

You know, 'cause Boulder can do it better. And cheaper. Oh, and of course, GREENER! Yeah, right.

(Actually, it'd be fun to see Boulder get their wish and try to build and operate a power utility from scratch, sort of like the dog catching the car it's chasing and then wondering what to do with it.)

1 posted on 07/18/2014 8:26:19 AM PDT by catnipman
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To: catnipman

This would be a misuse of ‘eminent domain’....................


2 posted on 07/18/2014 8:30:32 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: catnipman
Did you hear the one about the liberal’s dog with bumps on his head? It was chasing parked cars.
3 posted on 07/18/2014 8:31:05 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: catnipman

Boulder will fu...er...Obama this up like everything else they’ve ever tried.

Remember the classic ineptness of the Boulder Keystone...er...Police Dept following the murder of JonBenet Ramsey.

If one takes out the truly talented in that town (NIST, CU’s STEM departments), one is left with an average IQ just slightly below that of Joseph Biden.


4 posted on 07/18/2014 8:31:24 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Red Badger
This would be a misuse of ‘eminent domain’....................

..................and certainly not the first such misuse, either.

5 posted on 07/18/2014 8:31:43 AM PDT by Quality_Not_Quantity (Liars use facts when the truth doesn't suit their purposes.)
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To: Quality_Not_Quantity

If this is allowed, then what is to stop a government from taking, say a Wal-Mart or McDonald’s, because they want to be ‘in charge’ of food distribution?................


6 posted on 07/18/2014 8:34:13 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: catnipman

Maybe they have figured out how to use pot smoke to run the place? Wait ....What?.... :)


7 posted on 07/18/2014 8:38:22 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: Red Badger

Haha, somebody gets it.


8 posted on 07/18/2014 8:39:03 AM PDT by Former Proud Canadian
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To: catnipman

Because electricity is every one’s “right”.


9 posted on 07/18/2014 8:46:15 AM PDT by DManA (If)
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To: Former Proud Canadian

...Or taking over a construction company because they want to be in charge of ‘housing distribution’..............or a hospital or clinic or anything they set their eyes upon.

Ahab & Jezebel in the 21st century................


10 posted on 07/18/2014 8:49:28 AM PDT by Red Badger ("An armed society is a polite society. " - Robert Heinlein................)
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To: catnipman

Ayn Rand was a better prognosticator than Nostradamus.


11 posted on 07/18/2014 8:50:10 AM PDT by cincinnati65
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To: catnipman

Boulder, 32 square miles surrounded by REALITY!


12 posted on 07/18/2014 8:52:59 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: catnipman

Thanks for posting this if for no other reason, the entertainment value. The Boulder city council has no idea what is facing them. With the upcoming rate increases, they’ll be hard pressed to keep the utility in the black. AFAIK, they’ll still need PUC approval to raise rates.

They are drooling at the potential income stream without recognizing the normal operating risks and the huge downside from the EPA’s actions.

It’s not often you see folks dropping trou and grabbing ankles on that scale. After it’s all over and done city officials will probably wish they’d been ENRONed instead.


13 posted on 07/18/2014 8:55:05 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: catnipman
What would we do without our precious supply of lily whites? I had to think about this for a minute, but what I think they are doing is they want to build a firewall to keep out any electrons excited by carbon based electrical generation. Which would mean that Denver would use the impure electrons, not that the impure electrons would go away. But Boulder would then be able to claim hippier than thou status.
14 posted on 07/18/2014 8:58:28 AM PDT by Vince Ferrer
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To: catnipman

WOW, taking an already improved property! I am dumbfounded by how BRAZEN the City of Boulder is to even consider, to even give voice to this idea. If Boulder wants to get in on the energy game just buy it, but to abuse and corrupt the entire system through condemnation proceedings,...... WOW!

Recently passing through what I believe is around the halfway point of my life, I occasionally will comment with I’m closer to the end than the beginning.
I unfortunately have begun to make the same comment about our country. Examples of this type of thinking and actually following through with action. I believe we are closer to the end of the United States than we are to the founding!

At least something we might recognize as America


15 posted on 07/18/2014 9:01:18 AM PDT by thinkthenpost
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To: meatloaf

Xcel has already done all the heavy lifting — building the generation and distribution infrastructure — and now Boulder thinks they can take over with all the hard work completed. But the operations & maintenance costs of an electrical utility are staggering. And as the infrastructure ages and has to be replaced, those costs will do nothing but go up.

This will become another liberal black hole that will swallow whole galaxies of money. And even eminent domain requires that the city pay Xcel a fair and reasonable price for its condemned property. Therefore, Xcel gets a huge cash windfall and Boulder buys a massive headache.


16 posted on 07/18/2014 9:07:13 AM PDT by IronJack
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To: mountainlion

[ Boulder, 32 square miles surrounded by REALITY! ]

In Colorado it is “Lovingly” Referred to as the “People’s Republic of Boulder”


17 posted on 07/18/2014 9:15:42 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: Vince Ferrer

” they want to build a firewall to keep out any electrons excited by carbon based electrical generation”

I’ve always lamented the fact that there is no firewall against stupidity, since stupidity is the leading cause of catching computer viruses (and many other ills as well).


18 posted on 07/18/2014 9:22:15 AM PDT by catnipman (Cat Nipman: Vote Republican in 2012 and only be called racist one more time!)
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To: catnipman

wow

Soviet Union is coming back


19 posted on 07/18/2014 9:24:08 AM PDT by GeronL (Vote for Conservatives not for Republicans)
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To: GraceG

In Colorado it is “Lovingly” Referred to as the “People’s Republic of Boulder”

Well, at least in polite conversation. I grew up about 15 miles east of IT.


20 posted on 07/18/2014 9:24:17 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

[ Well, at least in polite conversation. I grew up about 15 miles east of IT. ]

I blame the altitude because everyone in boulder appears to be “High”.


21 posted on 07/18/2014 9:26:23 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: GraceG

I blame the altitude because everyone in boulder appears to be “High”.

I think some of them are just stupid.


22 posted on 07/18/2014 11:38:01 AM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: mountainlion

[ I blame the altitude because everyone in boulder appears to be “High”.

I think some of them are just stupid. ]

Half stuipid, Half High...


23 posted on 07/18/2014 11:43:55 AM PDT by GraceG (No, My Initials are not A.B.)
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To: IronJack

I didn’t see any of the generation assets included. That means Boulder will always have to buy power.


24 posted on 07/18/2014 11:48:32 AM PDT by meatloaf
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To: Red Badger
Yup. Next thing you know, some city will condemn a residential area because they think they can get more tax revenues if it were rezoned.
25 posted on 07/18/2014 11:49:17 AM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: kitchen

Kelo.


26 posted on 07/18/2014 11:52:20 AM PDT by Lurker (Violence is rarely the answer. But when it is it is the only answer.)
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To: catnipman

Boulder is a nut house and they should build a wall around it to contain the inmates at the asylum to keep them away from sane and honest people.


27 posted on 07/18/2014 11:53:16 AM PDT by Sequoyah101
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To: kitchen

Real estate is one thing, but in this instance they want to take over a business that a company built and operate it, infrastructure they did not build, install or maintain..............


28 posted on 07/18/2014 11:57:36 AM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: Lurker
Yes sir.
29 posted on 07/18/2014 12:33:23 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: Red Badger
They don't want any power generation facilities, although if they could close them down they'd be happy. They're after the distribution resources so they can hook up their own wind mills and magic power sources. Can't have anyone profiting from the rape of Gaia, can we?
30 posted on 07/18/2014 12:38:34 PM PDT by kitchen (Even the walls have ears.)
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To: kitchen

If they accomplish this, I’d tell them you get the wires, the poles, and transformers and a couple of buildings. NO equipment, NO personnel, NO spare parts, NO electricity, and promptly disconnect the lines from the main lines into the city limits....................


31 posted on 07/18/2014 12:41:31 PM PDT by Red Badger (If you compromise with evil, you just get more evil..........................)
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To: catnipman

the government too the property of the redskins football name.

why not other property?

this is why corporations are fleeing the usa. (aka inversion)

time to start putting politicians in jail.

Huey Long lives these low information politicians.

(if hey long were alive he should have been wearing jail orange)


32 posted on 07/18/2014 12:43:37 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: GraceG

The epic search for a sober person in Boulder? It could take several lifetimes.


33 posted on 07/18/2014 12:59:49 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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