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Silverthorne substation foes to meet

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SUMMIT COUNTY – The Lower Blue River Citizens Alliance against the proposed Xcel Energy substation is set to meet Wednesday in preparation for the energy conglomerate’s open house Aug. 5. The Alliance meeting will start at 5 p.m., and all interested locals and land owners should meeting in the Daley Ranch hay barn.

“This is an important meeting as we will prepare for the open house,” said C.J. Julin, the Alliance spokesman, noting many questions for Xcel about its plans have remained unanswered. The purpose of the Alliance’s meeting is to organize questions and concerns before they’re given the opportunity to speak with Xcel representatives.

Xcel Energy scheduled its second open house Aug. 5 – the first one was in February – to provide the public with a new vision for the proposed substation for Silverthorne. The open house will run from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Silverthorne Pavilion.

The August meeting will focus on two sites, and the company essentially has different proposals than before. The energy company will introduce a new type of technology for the substation design, which changes the requirements for the size and location of the site when compared to a traditional substation. Additionally, one of the two proposed sites wasn’t presented at the last meeting in February.

Xcel representatives said they will address some of the questions presented by the Lower Blue River Citizens Alliance and others at the open house. Additional questions may need to be answered later in another forum.

Alliance members, who came together to fight Xcel Energy’s proposed substation sites on the Daley and TYL ranches, have been asking for a public process with Xcel since forming this year. A main aim of Alliance representatives is to meet with Xcel Energy representatives to discuss options for a substation that won’t mar views in the Lower Blue area.

For more information about the Alliance, visit

Caitlin Row can be reached at (970) 668-4633 or at

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