Puebloans pay some of the highest electric rates in Colorado. Now, Black Hills Energy, the city’s power utility, wants to bump the city’s cost for new LED streetlights by million dollars a year. The Pueblo City Council so frustrated that it’s now considering ending the city’s agreement with the power company. Meanwhile the city recently committed to using 100 percent renewable power by 2035.
Reporter Peter Roper covers this story for the Pueblo Chieftain. He tells Colorado Matters that if the city severs its franchise agreement with Black Hills Energy it opens the door for Pueblo to consider other options.