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Local Power: Participate

You're Invited

Local Power Engagement Guide: You're invited

  • To participate in one of the most important decisions our community will ever make.
  • To learn more about Boulder’s energy future, one that’s fair, cleaner, affordable, more reliable and provides value to the whole community.
  • To help shape that energy future by sharing your thoughts and preferences.
  • To hear a variety of perspectives, from industry experts, analysts and your friends and neighbors, about this important issue.
  • To prepare for this important community decision in 2020 when you’ll determine whether to move forward with Local Power.

Upcoming Events

The city will host a presentation and update on April 18 at 6 p.m. at the Boulder Riverside (1724 Broadway). Learn more and RSVP on Eventbrite. ​

Past Events

Dec. 13, 2018: Local Power Quarterly Update

What : City staff provided an update and tutorial of the Financial Forecast Tool.

Dec. 4, 2018: City Council Meeting | Acquisition Second Reading and Public Hearing

What : City Council approved moving forward with the process to acquire Xcel Energy's electric assets needed to separate a local electric utility. This process may include condemnation. 

Video: Public Comment 


Video: Staff Presentation 

Video: Council Discussion and Vote 

Oct. 10, 2018: Beyond the Switch | Towards A Community-Powered Utility

What Hosted at the West Boulder Senior Center and broadcast on Facebook Live, residents heard from Jay Vincent, a nationally known community and stakeholder engagement expert on the hallmarks of citizen participation and engagement with municipal utilities. Following this presentation, residents and stakeholders, both in group work sessions and on a first of its kind Facebook Live moderated community workshop, will explored ways that citizen engagement and public participation can impact how a municipal utility operates more effectively for the customers it serves.


Part 1: Presentation and Break Out Session

Part 2: Feedback and Report Out

Sept. 20, 2018: City Council Meeting: Agreements with Xcel Energy

What:  City Council approved City Council unanimously approved two agreements with Xcel Energy.

Details:  In an order issued Sept. 14, 2017, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) granted conditional approval for the transfer of the assets of Public Service Company of Colorado d/b/a Xcel Energy (Xcel) in Boulder city limits to the city. The Commission imposed three conditions: 1) that the city submit a revised list of assets to be acquired; 2) that the parties enter into an agreement for permanent property rights for Xcel facilities in Boulder city limits after separation and 3) that the parties enter into an agreement to pay Xcel’s costs. 

Materials:  Read the memo pdf for more information. 



Sept. 17, 2018: Quarterly Update

What:  The city hosted a quarterly update at the West Boulder Senior Center. Topics included a general project update, details on the agreements with Xcel Energy and communication and engagement. 

Materials:   Download the presentation. pdf




Video Invitation

Engagement Guide

In October 2018, we published an engagement guide that describes our plans for communication and public participation between now and the 2020 community decision. Read it to find out more. pdf

The engagement guide was developed with input from the Energy Future Communications and Engagement Working Group. Read the July 10, 2018 Study Session memo pdf and the Aug. 30, 2018 Information Packet pdf for more information on this process. 

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