Dougco School Board tackles Xcel issue

Possible conflict of interest uncovered by CALL7

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - A CALL7 Investigation uncovers a possible conflict of interest involving the Douglas County School Board and a controversial energy project.

On May 6, the Board filed a letter with Colorado's Public Utilities Commission supporting Xcel Energy’s plans to run new transmission lines through Parker. The letter calls the project "critical" and stated "we strongly recommend" approval.

Board Member Douglas Benevento, who is listed on the letter as Vice President of the school board, is also Vice President of Public Affairs for Xcel. A representative for the school district told CALL7 Investigative Reporter Keli Rabon that Benevento has recused himself of any discussions related Xcel, but could not say when the recusal occurred.

The issue is on the agenda for a public school board meeting Tuesday June 17, but we’re told Benevento will not be in attendance.

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