Colorado Governor wants investigation of Xcel Energy’s decision to turn off power during high wind storm


Colorado Gov. Jared Polis has entered the fray over Xcel Energy’s decision last week to shut off power during a weekend wind storm that packed winds of 100 miles an hour.

He’s ordered an investigation after Boulder County officials complained the utility firm’s decision was made without much notice. Some customers were without power for two days.

As a result ofo the Governor’s criticism, the state’s Public Utilities Commission said it was exploring “immediate and long-term reguatory actions,” reported the Denver Gazette.

“As Governor Polis noted in his letter to Xcel Energy, shutting off power to customers is a serious and challenging decision,” commission chair Eric Blank said in a statement. “A decision this impactful requires a high level of concern and attention for customers. We want to make sure that the Commission sets those expectations and holds our utilities accountable.”

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