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On March 23, the city announced that engineering consultant, Steve Catanach, had been selected to succeed Heather Bailey as Director of Electric Utility Development. Catanach has been working with the city since 2015 as a part of the municipalization effort.
The city held a public information session on Feb. 26 to provide an update on agreements with Xcel Energy related to the city's plans to separate from Xcel's electric distribution system. Boulder and Xcel are nearly finished with two of three required agreements. A council public hearing on the agreements will be scheduled at a later date.
On Feb. 16, the city announced the 19 members of the Communications and Engagement Working Group . The group's fourth meeting is scheduled for April 12 from 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Boulder Energy Future
We're working on forming a locally owned utility (municipalization) and developing future energy strategies. Use this website to learn more about the work we do and get key project updates.
Since 2011, the City of Boulder has explored creating its own municipal electric utility (municipalization) as a path to achieving its goals of 100 percent clean energy and an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
The city’s analysis shows that forming a municipal electric utility is one way to to achieve its energy goals, but it remains open to working or partnering with Xcel Energy to find an alternative that is consistent with the city and community’s energy vision.
For more information on how the city reached its decision to explore municipalization, visit the About page.
Our Energy Vision
Transition to 100 percent renewable electricity is essential to achieving an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050.
- Expand rooftop, community and utility-scale solar energy
- Boost percentage of wind-produced energy in the energy supply
- Encourage use of residential and utility-scale battery storage
- Phase out fossil fuel use for electricity generation (for information on plans to phase out fossil fuel used for heating, cooling and transportation, read Boulder's Climate Commitment at www.boulderclimate.com )
The electric system is fundamental for reliability and the ability to integrate a growing amount of distributed and renewable generation.
- Improve safety, reliability and efficiency
- Integrate new technology and local generation
- Increase customer choice
- Ensure a resilient electric system and prepare for potential disruption due to climate change
Xcel Energy receives approximately $35 million in profits annually from Boulder ratepayers. This money could be retained and reinvested in our own electric system and support the local economy.
- Invest in our electric system to support new technology that improve reliability, energy costs, efficiency and customer choice
- Retain and attract capital investment in our community
- Develop a market for innovative energy products and services
- Build a platform for clean tech development to facilitate partnerships with local and regional innovators
Boulder's Climate Commitment
Transitioning to clean, local and renewable energy is our best opportunity to make a positive impact on climate change. Energy is Boulder’s primary climate focus at this time. While energy efficiency and related investments are essential to long-term impact, we need to fundamentally transform our energy system—electricity, gas, transportation fuels—to achieve our climate goals. For more information on energy and the city's climate commitment, visit www.boulderclimate.com.
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