A Local Electric Utility (Municipalization)
A Local Electric Utility or Municipalization
One option that would allow the City of Boulder to meet its Energy Future goals, including a less fossil-fuel intensive energy supply, would be creation of a local electric utility. The city currently receives energy through Xcel Energy, a large for-profit investor owned utility (IOU).
Under the regulated electric market in Colorado, cities can either work with a single monopoply IOU, like Xcel Energy, or have a locally owned and operated city electric utility, also known as a municipal utility. The process of moving from working with an IOU to a city utility is know as municipalization. There are 29 existing municipal utilities in Colorado, including Colorado Springs, Fort Collins and Longmont.
Please check out the list below for more information on Boulder's municipalization exploration process.
- August 14, 2014 - Detailed Transition Plan to guide the work necessary to move from the status quo to a local electric utility.
- Modeling Flow Chart
- Proposed Acquisition Area Map
- 2013 Community Guide