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On April 18, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) considered motions from Xcel Energy and IBM to dismiss the city's transfer of assets application. The commission decided not to rule on those motions and instead set a new procedural schedule, moving the hearing out by 90 days. The city will file an amended application on May 10, based on testimony filed by the city over the past seven months. Other parties will have an opportunity to respond and the hearing will take place July 26 to August 4. A final PUC decision is expected in late summer.
On April 17, City Council held a meeting and public hearing on Xcel Energy's settlement proposals. Council voted 6-3 to continue the litigation process at the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC). For more information on the meeting, read the memo and attachments . Also available to read is Xcel Energy's final letter , sent to council on April 17. To hear council's deliberations and public comment, and watch the meeting below. The PUC hearing is scheduled to begin on July 26.
On March 31 , the City of Boulder, in an study session memo sent to City Council, released information about two proposals offered by Xcel Energy that could end litigation related to the city’s ongoing effort to create a municipal electric utility. More information is available in the press release.
On Feb. 2 , the University of Colorado Boulder and the City of Boulder finalized an electric service agreement should the city begin operation of a municipal electric utility. More information on the terms of the agreement is available in the joint press release.
Boulder Energy Future
The Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development Project, in coordination with the City Manager’s Office and City Attorney’s Office, performs work related to forming a locally owned utility and developing future energy strategies. Together, municipalization and the city's other energy initiatives create Boulder Energy Future.
Our Energy Vision
Transition to 100 percent renewable electricity is essential to achieving an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
- Expand rooftop, community and utility-scale solar energy
- Boost percentage of wind-produced energy in the energy supply
- Encourage use of residential and utility-scale battery storage
- Phase out fossil fuel use for electricity generation (for information on plans to phase out fossil fuel used for heating, cooling and transportation, read Boulder's Climate Commitment at www.boulderclimate.com )
The electric system is fundamental for reliability and the ability to integrate a growing amount of distributed and renewable generation.
- Improve safety, reliability and efficiency
- Integrate new technology and local generation
- Increase customer choice
- Ensure a resilient electric system and prepare for potential disruption due to climate change
Xcel Energy receives approximately $35 million in profits annually from Boulder ratepayers. This money could be retained and reinvested in our own electric system and support the local economy.
- Invest in our electric system to support new technology that improve reliability, energy costs, efficiency and customer choice
- Retain and attract capital investment in our community
- Develop a market for innovative energy products and services
- Build a platform for clean tech development to facilitate partnerships with local and regional innovators
Since 2011, the City of Boulder has explored creating its own municipal electric utility (municipalization) as a path to achieving its goals of 100 percent clean energy and an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
The city’s analysis shows that forming a municipal electric utility is one way to to achieve its energy goals, but it remains open to working or partnering with Xcel Energy to find an alternative that is consistent with the city and community’s energy vision.
For more information on how the city reached its decision to explore municipalization, visit the About page.
Boulder's Climate Commitment
Transitioning to clean, local and renewable energy is our best opportunity to make a positive impact on climate change. Energy is Boulder’s primary climate focus at this time. While energy efficiency and related investments are essential to long-term impact, we need to fundamentally transform our energy system—electricity, gas, transportation fuels—to achieve our climate goals. For more information on energy and the city's climate commitment, visit www.boulderclimate.com .
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