Xcel and Boulder Fighting Holiday Weekend Wildfire
- Dec 31, 2021 6:34 am GMT
One year ago, the city of Boulder in Colorado and Xcel Energy entered into a new partnership agreement committed to the success of the community. After much debate, the city and Xcel took equal partnership and set up two committees to share power. The Executive Team is responsible for management of the partnership and is made up of leaders from both entities. The Project Oversight Team is tasked with the execution of joint projects. A Community Advisory Panel was also created with plans to manage building electrification and achieving 100% renewable electricity. By working together the city and the utility hope to be a force for change while achieving shared goals. One such goal, was Senate Bill 261 which plans to increase access to solar energy across Colorado. Sen. Steve Fenberg credited Boulder and Xcel for helping pass the bill, saying, “I especially want to thank the City of Boulder for their leadership. That really is what led to this bill coming to fruition.”
This New Year’s they’re fighting wildfires not legislation. High winds coupled with dry conditions create the perfect storm for wildfires. 100 mph winds knocked down Xcel power lines in multiple areas of Boulder County and early evidence suggests a sparking power line could have ignited the blaze. The fires, known as the Marshall and Middle Fork fires, brought 40-foot-high flames that engulfed nearly 1,600 acres and more than 500 homes said Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle. To prevent triggering more fires Xcel Energy cut off power to the area and is implementing controlled outages.
The partnership between the City of Boulder and Xcel Energy has already proven effective but now they’ll have to work even more closely to assess and repair the damage from this holiday weekend wildfire.
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