By Annette Espinoza
The Denver Post
Posted: 04/27/2010 04:07:09 PM MDT
Updated: 04/27/2010 04:55:46 PM MDT
Five people were arrested today by Boulder Police officers and Boulder County sheriff's deputies during a protest at the Valmont Industries Inc. coal plant at 1800 63rd St.
The five joined about 20 protestors from the Rocky Mountain Peace and Justice Center who gathered around 12:55 p.m. to protest against use of coal at the plant by Xcel Energy. Officials said they did not know whether the five were associated with the Peace and Justice Center.
The environmental activists climbed atop a large coal pile in front of the plant, put up two mock wind turbines and a large banner that read: "RENEWABLES NOW."
The protestors stood atop the coal pile for nearly two hours before authorities arrived, organizers said in a press release.
"Boulder is ready to move forward with 100 percent renewable electricity. If Xcel is not willing to partner with the city to make this happen, then Boulder officials and citizens need to take our energy future into our own hands," said protestor Tom Weis. …