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This past month has been very busy in the long-running standoff between Boulder and Xcel Energy over the city’s drive to create a municipal utility.

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East Coast power companies are struggling to restore power to millions of customers in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, and Xcel energy in Colorado is sending crews to help. 

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Even in land locked Colorado, resources are being marshaled to help support efforts around Sandy.

Xcel Energy and the city of Boulder have been battling over who will provide electricity in the city going forward.

Boulder officials are cheering the narrow victory of two ballot measures that will allow the city to move ahead with plans to start a municipal utility.  But the city also says the results don’t mean the city will sever its ties with Xcel Energy overnight.

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In Boulder, voters signed off on a pair of ballot measures that will allow the city to raise taxes to study whether it can create its own municipal utility and sever its ties with Xcel Energy.

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One of the most hotly contested ballot measures this November is in Boulder. Issue 2C would give the city the authority to establish its own utility—if it can produce the same or cheaper rates currently provided by Xcel Energy. And a companion measure, Issue 2B, would generate about $2 million annually in extra tax revenue to cover the costs of studies and legal fees.

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In a filing with state utility regulators Thursday, Xcel Energy is proposing to partner with a Florida company in building a 200 megawatt wind farm near the eastern Colorado town of Limon. 

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After months of debate the Boulder City Council unanimously decided Tuesday night to let voters have the final say on whether the city should leave Xcel Energy and create their own utility.

The city of Boulder and Xcel Energy have been battling over the possible municipalization of the city’s utility.  KUNC’s Erin O’Toole talks with Boulder County Business Report publisher Chris Wood to discuss how the issue is dividing Boulder’s business community.