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Energy Services Working Group

The Energy Services Working Group is composed of community members who will help inform the Energy Future Project and Transition Plan. As staff prepares an application to file at the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) related to municipalization, the working group is engaged in work related to refining our current energy services and developing a strategy for new services that can move the city more quickly toward energy goals. The Energy Services Working Groups is looking at criteria for energy services such as emission reductions impact, resilience, visibility, and leverage of existing resources and partnerships. In the short-term, this working group is shifting their focus from “Day 1” services of a new utility  to help city staff focus on current and short-term energy services. 


The Energy Services working group is collaborating with city staff to develop an Energy Services plan for a new Boulder electric utility.  Energy Services include:

  • energy efficiency
  • demand response
  • distributed generation
  • green pricing programs (e.g. voluntary wind energy purchase)
  • enhanced backup, power quality and redundancy services
  • energy management to facilitate customer choice behind the meter
  • behind the meter research, development and innovation projects
  • financing options (e.g. on-bill financing)
  • data analysis and interpretation to help end users better understand their energy usage


Energy Services will be designed to provide consistent and valuable services to all sectors : commercial/industrial, residential, and low/fixed income customers. The Energy Services plan will include two phases:

  1. services that will be offered on “Day 1”, the point in time in which Boulder owns and operates electric distribution system assets, and
  2. services that will be offered beyond Day 1.

The Energy Services plan for beyond Day 1 will include a phased approach to offering services and define what infrastructure, policy, and organizational structure needs to be in place to offer these new services. The focus of this working group is initially on Day 1 to ensure a smooth transition.

The goals of the group include outlining the objectives for energy services, evaluating best practices, recommending energy services for Day 1 and beyond, and proposing an analysis framework for energy services evaluation.


The group will meet monthly from December 2014 to June 2015.

Work Products

Work products will be posted as soon as they are available. 

Meeting Notes

Working Group Members

Community Members

Chris Ash - Energy Consultant
Tim Beal - Director of Sustainable Communities at Boulder Housing Partners
Martha Campbell - Rocky Mountain Institute
Brad Davids - Energy Consultant
Steve Dedrick - Technologist and Engineer
Greg Ekrem - Consultant at Navigant
Jeremy Epstein - Harcourt Brown & Carey
Chad Garrett - Consultant at E Source
Doug Hargrave - Engineer and Energy Consultant Tim Hillman - ICF International
Robert Hutchinson - Senior Fellow at Rocky Mountain Institute
Larry Kinney - President of Synergistic Building Technologies
David Kline - Former Manager at NREL
Josh Kuhn - The Wilderness Society
Linda Olsson - Retired Energy Consultant
Lynn Roy - Principal Consultant at Nexant's Customer Strategy, Planning & Analysis Group
Timothy Schoechle - Communications and Computer Engineer
Pankaj Sharma - Visiting Research Scholar at CU Boulder
John Street - Solar Energy Consultant
Ted Weaver - Energy Consultant
Katie Williams - IT Professional

Energy Services Working Group Member Bios pdf

City Staff

Heather Bailey - Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development
Yael Gichon - Energy Sustainability Coordinator
Kendra Tupper - Energy Services Manager


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