Voters in Boulder, CO, approved ballot measures in November 2011 authorizing the city to create a municipal electric utility company. Joining the 14% of US electric customers already served by public utilities would give Boulder residents the opportunity to fight climate change and build wealth within their community by relying more on distributed generation and community-scale solar. To implement the plan, the city must acquire distribution and generation facilities from Xcel, the investor owned utility that serves the area. The process will take several years. Meanwhile, Xcel is resisting the move, and a new ballot measure could derail the project.