One of the ideas Boulder Energy Future is exploring is changing the traditional utility business model. Currently electric utilities focus on providing and selling energy.
We are considering a shift from this model to an "energy services" model in which a local electric utility would focus on meeting customer needs and wants rather than focusing on selling energy as a commodity. The utility could sell, or facilitate the provision of, the services that electricity provides—health, comfort, safety, and economic vitality—while reducing negative impacts on our natural environment and rapidly transitioning from fossil fuels to clean, renewable energy, such as solar and wind.
The energy services envisioned for Boulder’s Energy Future would be developed around a different business model than we operate under today. However, the city does currently offer a variety of energy services that help residents and businesses increase energy efficiency, access renewable energy, and learn about energy usage and management. These services include EnergySmart, Solar Rebates and Grants, and the Community Power Partnership pilot program.
These current Energy Services are primarily offered through the city’s Climate + Sustainability Division.