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Learn about City Council's role in Boulder's Energy Future. You can stream video of council or watch past videos here.

The drop-down menu below lists City Council documents about Energy Future, including Study Session memos, ordinances and City Council minutes. Click on the hyperlink under "Document Title" to access the file from our archives. You can also watch past City Council meetings, which are organized by date under "Archived City Council Videos." 

City Council Documents

2016

Date

Meeting Type

Documents

Summary

2/29/2016 City Council Information Packet This Information Packet provides a budget update for the Boulder Energy Future project.
5/10/2016 City Council Study Session Staff provide an update on municipalization and present new clean electricity goals.
5/17/2016 City Council Information Packet This Information Packet provides a budget update for the Boulder Energy Future project.
2015

Date

Meeting Type

Documents

Summary

1/27/2015 City Council Study Session This Study Session presentation by Energy Future provides an update on electric utility legislative and regulatory trends and a briefing on the City of Minneapolis -Xcel Energy agreement. 
5/5/2015 City Council Information Packet This memo is intended to provide a program and budget update for October 2014-March 2015.
5/12/2015 City Council Study Session In this presentation, Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility, Heather Bailey, outlines the progress of several Energy Future projects, including municipalization.
5/19/2015 Information Packet This information packet provides a budget update for the Energy Future project. 
7/30/2015 City Council Study Session

The purpose of the study session is to discuss and obtain the City Council’s feedback on options and recommendations for finalizing a community greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reduction goal and associated implementation strategy.

8/4/2015 Information Packet This information packet provides a budget and transition plan update for the Energy Future project. 
9/8/2015 City Council Study Session

Study Session discussed proposed 2016 Budget items; documents will be added when made available by central records.

10/20/2015 Information Packet This information packet provides a budget and transition plan update for the Energy Future project. 
10/27/2015 City Council Study Session Energy Future staff provided updates on several Energy Future initiatives including statewide policy suggestions, solar benefits programs and municipalization.

2014

Date

Meeting Type

Documents

Summary

1/7/2014

City Council Meeting

Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility, Heather Bailey, provides updates from the Energy Task Force.

2/4/2014

City Council Meeting

Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development Heather Bailey presents updates from the City/Xcel Task Force. 

3/18/2014

City Council Meeting

Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development Heather Bailey presents updates from the City/Xcel Task Force. 

4/29/2014

City Council Study Session

This presentation outlines the city's vision of a "utility of the future," lays out a proposed "Boulder Energy Community Marketplace" that would spur innovation and allow for more local control on energy use and discusses recurring and new local programs designed to lowering GHG emissions.

5/6/2014 Information Packet This memo outlines Energy Challenge Grant Program structure and timeline.
6/17/2014 Information Packet This memo updates City Council on the exploration work plan and budget for the municipalization project.
7/22/2014 City Council Meeting Council discusses Ordinance No. 7982, which would seek voter approval to amend the City Charter and allow council to meet in executive session only for the purpose of discussing legal advice and negotiation strategy relating to the creation of a municipal electric utility. 
8/5/2014 City Council Meeting Council approves motion to adopt Ordinance No. 7982, which would let voters decide to allow executive sessions related to the creation of a municipal electric utility.
8/19/2014 Information Packet This memo outlines a transition work plan developed by city staff to guide the change from an Xcel-run utility system to a city-operated local electric utility, should the city acquire the system through condemnation.
8/19/2014 City Council Meeting Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development Heather Bailey and John Street present findings and recommendations from EF's Solar Working Group. Council also puts the issue of executive sessions on the November ballot. 
8/21/2014 City Council Ordinance This ordinance establishes ballot issue for November 4, 2014 election that would amend City Charter Section 9 so that the city council may meet in executive session only for the purpose of discussing legal advice and negotiation strategy relating to the creation of a municipal electric utility.  
10/7/2014 City Council Meeting Chris Hoffman speaks in support of the proposed budget increases for Boulder's Energy Future.
11/12/2014 City Council Study Session This memo updates city council on gains and challenges in fulfilling Boulder's Climate Commitment. Since energy efficiency is a large contributor to greenhouse gas emissions, municipalization plays a key role in the 2015 Integrated Energy Work Plan, which is outlined on page 15.
11/18/2014 Information Packet This memo updates City Council on the work plan, legal proceedings and budget for the municipalization project.
12/8/2014 City Council Executive Session City Council moves to go into an executive session for legal advice and discussion regarding municipalization strategy and adjourns the meeting.

2013

Date Meeting Type Documents Summary
2/26/2013 City Council Study Session

The purpose of this study session was to receive council feedback on municipalization modeling, update council on negotiations with Xcel and determine if council needs more information regarding municipalization.
 

3/5/2013 City Council Meeting Community member Karey Christ-Janner voices appreciation for process used in the municipalization effort.
4/2/2013 City Council Meeting Dr. Kevin Trenberth of NCAR gives a presentation on the effects of climate change and community members voice opinions on municipalization.
4/16/2013 City Council Meeting This meeting reviews research findings and community feedback to inform City Council's vote whether to direct staff to move forward in exploring the formation of a municipal electric utility.
4/16/2013 Information Packet This memo outlines the Energy Future Budget and personnel. 
6/4/2013 City Council Meeting Community member Tim Thomas speaks in favor of a petition related to debt limitations and municipalization.
7/16/2013 Report of the City of Boulder and Xcel Community Task Force This report outlines the taskforce's findings which explored a variety of potential opportunities for collaboration with Xcel.
7/23/2013 City Council Study Session This memo outlines how the data outputs, generated by the modeling process, support the charter requirements for a municipal utility and Xcel's projected plan and the city's municipalization model in terms of energy mix, carbon intensity and carbon emissions. 
7/24/2013 City Council Special Meeting Community members voice their opinions on municipalization; Council finds the third-party verification of Energy Future work meets requirements established in 2011; Council moves to authorize the acquisition of Xcel's proprietary interest by eminent domain.  
8/6/2013 City Council Meeting In this meeting, the City of Boulder & Xcel Community Taskforce reviews its findings and Energy Future provides a budget update. 
8/20/2013 City Council Meeting Council approves three ordinances related to municipalization, sets a debt limit for the acquisition of electric utility assets and amends the city charter to allow utility-related question to be considered at any election.
9/3/2013 City Council Meeting Community member Karey Christ-Janer speaks in favor of clean energy options during open comment. 
9/26/2013 Information Packet This memo reviews progress of the City-Xcel partnership discussions and goes over extensive modeling used to compare the costs and emissions reductions of a city-run utility against continuing a partnership with Xcel.
11/19/2013 City Council Meeting Heather Bailey gives an update on the status of the municipalization exploration project.
12/17/2013 City Council Meeting This memo updates Council on muncipalization exploration project and asks for feedback on the City of Boulder-Xcel Energy Partnership Task Force discussions, working group findings, community input, and next steps.

2012

Date Meeting Type Documents Summary

1/31/2012

City Council Study Session

City staff discuss the 2012 work plan for municipal utility analysis, Climate Action Plan utilities and a proposed "Energy Action Plan."

5/22/2012

City Council Study Session

This Study Session analyzes of CAP programs to date, new climate action commitments, the Commercial Energy Efficiency Strategy and CAP tax option.

6/5/2012

City Council Meeting

This agenda item explains why placing a ballot issue on extending the CAP tax in the upcoming election would help Boulder reach its climate goals.

7/24/2012

City Council Study Session

This memo updates City Council on the projected phases of the municipalization process, progress on the legal, financial, technical and community dimensions of the project, and future questions/challenges for municipalization. 

8/21/2012

City Council Minutes

City Council conducts a third reading and consideration of a motion to submit to voters the question of authorizing the City Council to continue the Climate Action Plan tax.

8/28/2012

City Council Study Session

This study session breaks down the factors that go into resource modeling, municipalization charter requirements and proposed metrics, and next steps for the council and community

10/16/2012

City Council Meeting

In this meeting, Energy Future staff list the metrics and rationale for the municipalization project.

11/15/2012 City Council Meeting Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development Heather Bailey responds to community concerns about proposed municipalization metrics, outlines maps for possible municipalization plan and discusses how the City can meet charter requirements.>  
12/11/2012 City Council Study Session

City staff present updates on the municipalization process report public finance and reliability of the municipal electric utilities and go over Boulder's climate commitment and energy efficiency initiatives.

2011

Date Meeting Type Documents Summary

1/4/2011

City Council Minutes

Community member Karey Christ-Janer speaks in favor of municipalization. 

1/18/2011

City Council Information Packet

This memo reviews achievements and goals of the CAP Energy Smart program.

2/15/2011

City Council Meeting

In this meeting, staff outline the goals and objectives of the Energy Future Project, which was launched to analyze and present data about alternative paths for the city's energy future. 

3/1/2011

City Council Meeting

This document sets forth the purpose statement and strategic framework providing the basis for defining and evaluating energy options based on the community's vision and values.

5/10/2011

City Council Study Session

This memo summarizes research about Boulder's energy goals and future challenges and opportunities, including municipalization.  

6/14/2011

City Council Study Session

This in-depth memo explores the comprehensive research finding municipalization is financially, technically and legally feasible. 

6/16/2011

City Council Special Meeting

City Council discusses whether to make public the cost model for municipalization.

7/19/2011

City Council Meeting

This presentation reviews staff recommendations and rationale for municipalization, proposed ballot measures, and next steps for municipalization. 

7/25/2011

City Council Study Session

This memo and presentation provide suggestions for writing ballot measures for the Boulder community to vote on municipalization. 

8/2/2011

City Council Meeting

City Council reviews three different ordinances related to municipalization: allowing City Council to amend the City Charter to authorize the creation of an electric utility; extending the CAP tax; extending and increasing the Utility Occupation Tax.

8/16/2011

City Council Meeting

City Council reviews and holds public comment on three different ordinances related to municipalization that will be submitted to voters in the November 2011 election.

11/15/2011

City Council Meeting

City Council considers an emergency ordinance that would extend and increase the Utility Occupation Tax rate up to $1.9 million to fund further exploration of municipalization.

12/16/2011

City Council Ordinance

This ordinance extends and increases the Utility Occupation Tax to make additional funds available for the city's core services. 

2010

Date Meeting Type Documents Summary
3/17/2010

City Council Meeting

Regional Sustainability Coordinator Jonathan Koehn answers questions on a solar gardens bill.
4/13/2010 City Council Study Session This report looks at the challenges and opportunities of meeting Climate Action Plan goals with current energy consumption. 
5/18/2010 City Council Meeting City Council considers items related to SmartRegs and opens up discussion to community members during open comment.
6/1/2010 City Council Meeting City Council considers an ordinance that would allow Boulder residents to vote on the Xcel Energy franchise agreement and hears from community members during open comment.
6/3/2010 City Council Study Session This memo outlines key points in  contract negotiations with Xcel. 
7/13/2010 City Council Study Session This memo updates key points in  contract negotiations with Xcel and launch of community energy surveys. 
7/20/2010 City Council Meeting Community members speak to Xcel franchise agreement and municipalization during public comment.
8/3/2010 City Council Minutes City Council moves not to adopt an ordinance that would allow Boulder residents to vote on the franchise agreement with Xcel. Community members speak to the franchise agreement and municipalization during open comment.
9/21/2010 City Council Meeting City Council accepts the summary of an August 10, 2010 Study Session on proposed 2011 utility rates and three ordinances related to SmartRegs. City Manager Jane Brautigam also encouraged community members to attend Energy Roundtables to learn more about Boulder's energy planning.
10/5/2010 City Council Minutes Jonathan Koehn reviewed key baseline data questions to move forward with studies looking at the feasibility of creating a municipal utility during an Energy Roundtable.
10/19/2010 City Council Meeting This agenda item requests consideration and approval of resolution authorizing a second phase to an Energy Performance Contract (EPC) guaranteeing energy savings from proposed improvements and using a lease purchase agreement to finance these improvements. 
11/3/2010 City Council Meeting Community Planning and Sustainability Director David Driskell and Regional Sustainability Coordinator Jonathan Koehn give an update on Boulder Energy Future projects, including forming a partnership with CU, BVSD and Boulder County.
12/21/2010 City Council Meeting Steve Pomerance speaks on behalf of Citizen's for Boulder's Clean Energy Future during public comment.

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Contact Us

Address Phone Email Executive Director

1101 Arapahoe Ave.

Boulder, CO 80302

303-441-2729

energyfuture@bouldercolorado.gov

Heather Bailey

baileyh@bouldercolorado.gov

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