The Electric Utility Commission (EUC), City of Pueblo will be hosting three upcoming community events to gain the public’s feedback. These events will allow citizens to discuss the possibilities of a municipal electric utility, learn more about the process the City is taking to address this debate and to ask questions about the energy options.
The Electric Utility Commission, which was formed two years ago, will hold these three meetings at different locations in Pueblo and Pueblo West. Residents are encouraged to attend, learn about the process, and ask questions of the EUC members. These events include:
November 13 from 6:00 p.m. – 7: 30 p.m. at Fire Station 3, 729 E Gold Dr, in Pueblo West.
November 15 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at Patrick Lucero Library, 1315 E. 7th, in Pueblo.
November 19 from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at PCC Hoag Theater, 900 W. Orman, in Pueblo.
The event November 19 will also include live broadcast on Comcast channel 17 and livestreamed online through Facebook Live.
“Listening to the community has always been important to the EUC,” said Mark Ailiff, co-chair of the EUC. “Now that Phase II has been released and prior to our recommendation to City Council, we wanted to be sure to give the community the opportunity to engage and ask questions prior to our recommendation.”
Since its formation two years ago, the commission has held regular meetings to gather information for recommendation to the Pueblo City Council and Mayor. Last month, a Phase II feasibility study was released to the public. The Phase II Feasibility Study shed light on the specifics of establishing a public power utility and concluded that there are enough benefits to justify forming a municipal electric utility. The study also found that acquiring the Black Hills distribution assets would be the smartest course of action, and if needed the City can legally pursue condemnation. The study also indicated that purchasing the entire Black Hills distribution system, for the entire service area, is the best and most efficient path forward.
The Phase II Feasibility Study also spoke to some of the results that could be seen if a public power utility was formed. If formed, a public power utility would result in lower operation costs, lower public supply costs and lower capital costs. As a result, customers could expect to see reduced rates and allow for local control over power supply, rates, local programs and key decision making.