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Boulder Energy Future Mission, Structure and Responsibilities


To ensure that residents, businesses and institutions have access to reliable energy that is increasingly clean and remains competitively priced. Boulder Energy Future is framed around a specific set of community goals. These goals and objectives serve to “unpack” the purpose statement and localization strategy into discrete, tangible outcomes important to Boulder:

  • Ensure a stable, safe and reliable energy supply;
  • Ensure competitive rates, balancing short- and long-term interests;
  • Significantly reduce carbon emission and pollutants;
  • Provide energy customers with a greater say about their energy supply;
  • Promote local and economic vitality; and
  • Promote social and environmental justice.


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. The staff performs much of the analysis and manages various subprojects and contractors that relate to this initiative.

  • 2017 Projected Budget: $3.2 Million
  • 2017 City Manager Contingency Budget: $239 Thousand 
  • 2017 Number of Full-time Equivalent (FTE) Employees: 9 


Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development will continue with next steps in forming a local electric utility and with exploring alternative ways to meet the community’s energy goals. Key initiatives for 2016 include:

  • Continued implementation of the transition plan;
  • Legal proceedings for Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regulatory filings and condemnation including refiling a condemnation petition in Boulder District Court;
  • Continued work with community technical working groups;
  • Continued municipalization option analysis; 
  • Community outreach and engagement on expanding the Utility of the Future vision and the implementation of the transition plan; 
  • Regional, national and international collaborations in support of the Boulder community’s climate and energy goals; and
  • Pilot projects and strategies which support carbon reduction.

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Location, Office Hours and Contact Information

The office, located at 1101 Arapahoe Ave., 1st Floor, is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (excluding holidays).  
Please contact Heather Bailey at 303-441-1923, or


Executive Director of Energy Strategy and Electric Utility Development

Heather Bailey

Heather has over 37 years of experience in the utility industry, and has served as a regulator, utility executive, and consultant. The majority of her career has been in public power, with positions including controller, treasurer, Deputy Chief Financial Officer, Executive Director of Corporate Services, and Executive Director of Transmission Business Services and Asset Development.  As a consultant she advised independent transmission developers and power producers, as well as cities, on various utility strategic and regulatory issues.

Ms. Bailey is a CPA and has an MBA from the University of Texas at Austin, a bachelor’s degree from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.


Heather Bailey

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