Boulder, Colorado has long been a national leader in trying to become more sustainable. The latest entry in this effort is focused on electricity in the city. The city's electricity is supplied by a private company, Xcel Energy, but over the last few years city leaders and residents have gotten increasingly frustrated with the company. From what I understand, the city has wanted Xcel to work with it to increase the city's portfolio of renewable energy to 40%, but the company has only been willing to go to 30%, what is required by state law. When Xcel embarked on a project to make Boulder the "SmarGridCity," apparently the city became very unhappy with the cost and design of the result. So last November, ballot questions passed that would allow the city to take control of the city's electric grid so that it can municipalize the delivery and possibly the generation of electricity. It apparently intends to do this through condemnation proceedings. Of course, Xcel is not taking this in stride, doing what it can to make this difficult or impossible. This is certainly worth watching. For more information, read the article here.