Thank you for your article on SMPA's endorsement of Amendment 37.
Xcel energy is expected to spend $10 million to attack the renewable energy initiative between now and the election, claiming that the cost of implementing renewable energy is going to be expensive to consumers, when in fact the initiative clearly spells out how costs will be controlled. A report by Ron Binz released this week concludes that costs to consumers from this standard will increase by $.01 per month.
Xcel also claims that there will be no price protection for commercial, industrial or wholesale customers, when in fact by law, these entities must be treated the same as residential consumers.
Tuesday's (September 21) Rocky Mountain News released an independent poll showing that 73 percent of Coloradoans want Renewable Energy Standards. Xcel wants consumers to believe that it is moving toward renewable energy and will do so without this amendment, but the renewable energy Xcel has implemented so far was done only under state mandate.
The only way major utilities will begin to move away from coal and commit to at least ten percent of power from renewable sources will be when it is mandated by voters supporting Amendment 37.
— Joan May, Director, Sheep Mountain Alliance
Great Show, Great Hosts
This was the fifth year we have visited Telluride to attend the Blues and Brews Festival. Not only was the beauty of this valley incredible, with sun, snow, rain and rainbows, but the people of Telluride and the festival personnel were so helpful. (My brother even had his lost wallet returned to him, with all the money and contents intact!) The event seemed to be so well-organized, and the musical lineup was amazing. The crowd was happy and everywhere we went in town, the service was fast and friendly. One of the highlights of our weekend experience was as we were standing on the deck of our rental condo at Muscatel Flats for a dinner break before returning to watch B.B. King, and the rehabilitated owl that had been released off the stage during the festival flew straight over the crowd right toward us, landed on the deck, got his bearings and took off again for a new life of freedom. We all just looked at each other in amazement, and the six of us decided right then and there that we were all coming back again next year with our family and friends. Many kudos to all you people of the Telluride community who have made this weekend so special. You are wonderful hosts.
— Avery Maitlin and family and friends