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Aug. 21, 2020: Boulder City Council votes to place franchise agreement with Xcel Energy on the ballot

In a special council meeting, Boulder City Council approved a settlement package with Xcel Energy, paving the way to send the measure to city voters to determine the community’s energy future in the November election.

If approved by voters, the city would pause its ongoing efforts to create a municipal electric utility and enter a new 20-year franchise with Colorado’s largest investor-owned utility, Xcel Energy. The settlement package includes several other important provisions, including opportunities for the city to exit the franchise agreement under certain conditions; clear emissions benchmarks; and a framework for innovative projects the city, Xcel Energy and the community could implement together.

Read the press release for more information.

Aug. 18, 2020: City receives bids to serve potential local electric utility

The City of Boulder is releasing today a summary of responses to its request for proposals (RFP) to provide power supply and financing for a potential city-run electric utility.

The city received two bids that could fulfill all the power supply requirements of a local electric utility that would achieve the city’s 100% renewable electricity by 2030 target. The city also received additional bids for individual solar, wind and battery storage projects that could supply a municipal electric utility or could be developed in partnership with Xcel Energy. 

Read the press release for more information.

July 28, 2020: City of Boulder and Xcel Energy reach potential agreement on Boulder's energy future

If approved by city council and voters, the agreement would cement carbon emission caps, enable innovative grid and clean generation projects, and target collaborative efforts to improve Colorado regulations on renewables. 

Read the blog post for more information.

July 17, 2020: Boulder issues RFP for bids to provide power and innovative financing for potential local electric utility

Read the press release for more information.

July 16, 2020: Boulder releases updated budget information packet

The Local Power team provides quarterly budget updates to City Council. Read the July 21, 2020 Information Packet. pdf As of June 30, 2020, the city has spent approximately $22.8 million on municipalization.

May 29, 2020: Boulder Announces First Round of Virtual Townhalls to Provide Feedback on Negotiations With Xcel Energy 

The City of Boulder is hosting a series of virtual townhalls for the public to provide feedback on ongoing negotiations with Xcel Energy. Representatives from Xcel Energy will be present at some or all of the events.

May 12, 2020: City and Xcel announce renewed settlement discussions

On May 12, 2020, Mayor Sam Weaver announced that the city and Xcel Energy had begun to engage in settlement negotiations that may end the city's municipalization efforts. Read the city's press release for more information.

April 14, 2020: Boulder District Court Stays Boulder's Condemnation Case

District Court Judge Andrew MacDonald has granted Xcel Energy’s motion to stay the City of Boulder’s condemnation case. The case, which the city filed in December, will be stayed until the final resolution of pending appellate issues. Judge MacDonald attached Xcel Energy's proposed motion to stay to his one-page ruling.

Read the press release for more information

Feb. 6, 2020: City files application at FERC

On Feb. 6, the city filed an application pdf with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) for FERC to issue an order directing Xcel Energy to establish interconnections on just, reasonable and non-discriminatory terms and conditions between its transmission system and the electric load for the city’s distribution system consistent with Xcel’s Facilities Studies for each substation. FERC has accepted the City’s filing and Xcel’s response is due Feb. 27.

Jan. 30, 2020: City hosts Local Power Update

At the meeting, city staff provided an update on the project, including acquisition, engineering and the key steps for the project in 2020. A staff presentation was followed by audience Q&A. View the slides pdf and watch the presentation. 

Jan. 27, 2020: Xcel Energy responds to city's third condemnation petition; files motion to dismiss

On Jan. 27, Xcel Energy responded pdf to the city's Dec. 19 condemnation petition. Xcel also filed a motion to dismiss pdf. The city is reviewing these filings.

Jan. 10, 2020: Xcel Energy files reply in support of motion for attorney's fees

In September 2019, the Boulder District Court dismissed the city's petition to condemn Xcel Energy assets. 

After dismissal, Xcel Energy filed a motion seeking repayment of approximately $210,000 in attorney’s fees incurred in filing their Aug. 5 motion to dismiss the city’s condemnation case. 

The city replied to this motion on Nov. 20, 2019. On Jan. 10, Xcel filed their reply. The city anticipates that the court will set a hearing and resolve this matter in the coming months.

Dec. 19, 2019: City files in District Court to condemn Xcel Energy assets necessary for local electric utility

On Dec. 19, the City of Boulder filed a petition to condemn Xcel Energy electric distribution assets in Boulder District Court following good faith negotiations with the Minneapolis-based company. 

Dec. 10, 2019: Staff provides update for City Council

On Dec. 10, Director of Climate Initiatives, Steve Catanach, led a discussion with City Council about Local Power. The discussion centered on several important topics, including the timing of the Go/No-Go Decision; updates on key project areas; the budget and communication and engagement.

View the slide presentation pdf, watch the video and  read the memo pdf for more information.

Nov. 20, 2019: City offers nearly $94 million for assets necessary for local electric utility

The City of Boulder offered to purchase certain portions of Xcel Energy electric infrastructure for $93.96 million in a Nov. 20 letter to the Minneapolis-based utility.

The city’s offer comes after an Oct. 28 Colorado Public Utilities Commission ruling that approved transfer of Xcel Energy assets outside substations to the city.

“We’ve made an offer that we hope Xcel will seriously consider,” said City Attorney Tom Carr.

For more information, read the city's Nov. 22 press release.

Nov. 20, 2019: City responds to Xcel's motion for attorney's fees generated in the city's condemnation petition

On Nov. 20, the City of Boulder filed a response pdf to Xcel's motion to be reimbursed for $210,000 in attorney's fees. In October, Xcel filed seeking repayment of approximately $210,000 in attorney’s fees incurred in filing their Aug. 5 motion to dismiss the city’s condemnation case. Under the law, Xcel is entitled to recover only the reasonable amount of attorney’s fees for filing the Motion to Dismiss. Xcel is not entitled to reimbursement for fees incurred in filing other documents or working with other parties to the case.  

Payment of attorney’s fees is a risk the city identified prior to filing for condemnation in June. 

Oct. 28, 2019: Regulators Grant Boulder Unconditional Approval to Transfer Xcel Assets, Completing Colorado PUC Proceeding

On Oct. 28, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted the City of Boulder written approval to transfer some assets necessary for Boulder to create a community-owned, city-run electric utility. The decision ends the multi-year process before the commission that began in 2015, issung a ruling based on their Oct. 10 discussion pdf.

PUC approval is a key step in the Local Power project. In a future election, Boulder voters will determine whether the city ultimately creates a local electric utility. Prior to this vote, the city’s work is focused on identifying key costs; one of these is the cost to acquire parts of the existing electric system from Xcel Energy. The ruling clarifies what the city will seek to acquire through condemnation, the process that will determine the acquisition cost.

Read the press release for more information.

Oct. 23, 2019: City files notice of appeal of condemnation dismissal

On Oct. 23, the city filed a notice of appeal of the court’s Sept. 4 decision to dismiss the city's condemnation petition. 

The city is also reviewing Xcel’s Oct. 16 filing seeking repayment of approximately $210,000 in attorney’s fees incurred in filing their Aug. 5 motion to dismiss the city’s condemnation case. Under the law, Xcel is entitled to recover only the reasonable amount of attorney’s fees for filing the Motion to Dismiss. Xcel is not entitled to reimbursement for fees incurred in filing other documents or working with other parties to the case.  

Payment of attorney’s fees is a risk the city identified prior to filing for condemnation in June. If the city objects to the attorney’s fees as being excessive, the court will hold a hearing on the reasonableness of the attorney’s fees. The city responded to the motion on Nov. 20.

Visit the Costs page for information on the city's financial analysis the of a city-run, community owned electric utility. 

Sept. 4, 2019: Boulder district court grants Xcel Energy motion to dismiss city’s condemnation filing; PUC charts path to complete process

Judge Thomas Mulvahill granted Xcel Energy’s Aug. 5, 2019 motion to dismiss the city’s condemnation filing. The city’s June 28 condemnation petition was in support of Boulder’s Local Power project, the city’s exploration of creating a city-run, community-owned electric utility.

Aug. 30, 2019: City responds to Colorado Public Utilities Commission's motion to intervene in city's condemnation case

On Aug. 30, the city filed a response in District Court pdf to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission's Aug. 8 motion to dismiss the city's condemnation case. 

Visit the city’s records archive to review the filings .

Aug. 26, 2019: City responds to Xcel's motion to dismiss the city's condemnation case

On Aug. 26, the city filed a response in District Court pdf to Xcel's Aug. 5 motion to dismiss the city's condemnation case. 

Visit the city’s records archive to review the filings  .

Aug. 21, 2019: PUC holds status conference on city’s separation application

On Aug. 21, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission conducted a status conference on the city’s separation application. The parties and the commission discussed how the PUC process can move forward. The discussion may lead to another hearing in September. The purpose of that hearing, if there is one, is either to deem the conditions that the commission ordered in 2017 met, and/or to address the assets inside the substations. The city will learn more after the commission order, which it expects will identify a process between now and when that hearing will be.

Aug. 8, 2019: Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) files motions in city's condemnation case

On Aug. 8 in District Court, the PUC filed two motions related to the city’s petition to condemn Xcel Energy assets necessary for the creation of a local electric utility:

  1. A motion to intervene in the city’s condemnation case

  2. A motion to dismiss or stay the city’s condemnation petition

The city has received and is currently reviewing these motions. The city plans to respond to the commission’s motions by Aug. 29 as required by the Civil Rules of Procedure.

Visit the city’s records archive to review the filings  .

Aug. 5, 2019: Xcel Energy responds to city's condemnation filing

On Aug. 5 in District Court, Xcel Energy filed a motion to dismiss the city’s condemnation case related to municipalization. The city has received the motion and is currently reviewing it. The city has always anticipated that Xcel would make such a motion and has factored it into its estimated condemnation timeline. Xcel also filed its Answer to the City’s Petition in Condemnation, Cross-Petition and Affirmative Defenses.  The city estimates that the trial to determine the valuation amount will be in spring 2020.

Visit the city’s records archive to review the filings  .

June 28, 2019: City Files Petition to Condemn Xcel Energy assets in District Court

The filing begins a process that will determine a key variable in the city’s municipalization exploration: the cost to buy some of the existing electric system from Xcel Energy. The city expects that the District Court will hold a valuation trial in 2020 to determine this cost. The city will not pay the cost determined by the court unless:

  • Voters approve moving forward with the creation of the utility after the condemnation amount and other key project variables are publicized; and

  • Construction of Boulder’s separate electric system is complete.

Read the city's press release for more information.

Visit the city’s records archive to review the filings  . 


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