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Aug. 14: PUC to host status conference on city’s separation application

On Wednesday, Aug. 21, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission will conduct a status conference on the city’s separation application. The parties and the commission will discuss how the PUC process can move forward. The conference will take place at 2 p.m. in the Commissioner’s hearing room at 1600 Broadway in Denver. It will also be live-streamed on the commission’s website.

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.

June 12, 2019: City files plan to resolve issues before the Public Utilities Commission, response to Xcel

On June 12, the city made two filings with state regulators. The first lays out a plan to resolve the outstanding issues before the Commission:  

  • The process for approval of transfer of substation facilities since the city’s 2015 application included substation facilities 
  • The lists of facilities and property interests to be approved for transfer from Xcel to the city, including the city’s intent to file these lists shortly after the Xcel property list is received from Xcel. 

Read the city’s Notice Regarding Proposed Procedures and Intent to File Response. pdf 

The city’s second filing responds to two pleadings filed by Xcel in January 2019. The city’s response:

  • With regard to substations, explains that the PUC has already addressed this issue and the city has been working with Xcel to comply with that order, making an additional application a waste of time and money
  • With regard to Xcel’s request to withdraw from the Joint Filing made in October 2018, requests that the PUC deny that request because Xcel was well aware of what was included in the list of real property interests and there were no was no new information discovered or new events of which Xcel was unaware prior to the time of the joint filing.  

The city requests oral argument before the Commission to discuss these matters. 

Read the city’s Combined Response in Opposition.  pdf


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June 12, 2019: City pushes forward with acquisition

The city is working to determine the cost of buying the existing electric infrastructure from Xcel that will be a part of the separate Boulder system. The process to determine these costs is called acquisition.  

In January, the city sent Xcel Energy a Notice of Intent to Acquire acquire this infrastructure. In April, the city sent Xcel an opening offer of $68.5 million. Xcel has not responded to this offer. On June 12, the city offered $82 million, representing a standard 20% contingency, as well as the opportunity to avoid the costs, delay, and uncertainty of litigation. The city has requested a response by June 26, after which the city will file a condemnation petition with the District Court if there is no response from Xcel.  

Read the city’s offer letter to Xcel Energy. pdf  

January 2019: Updated analysis demonstrates that Boulder electric utility could achieve renewables goals

Based on recently updated information, a city-run electric utility could achieve 89% renewable energy by 2024 at an affordable cost. The city's analysis of the state of the power market revealed that there are power providers  willing and able to serve Boulder's energy needs at costs consistent with low-cost bids across the industry and can meet the city's energy goals.  Find out more about the city's power supply analysis in the city's Local Power Explainer.

On April 10, the City of Boulder sent a letter to Xcel Energy offering to pay $68.5 million to purchase the assets necessary to develop a city-run electric utility. This marks a step in the negotiation process to acquire the assets, which will help the city determine the cost of acquisition prior to the future community vote on municipalization. In December, City Council approved an ordinance that will allow the city to move forward with the process to acquire Xcel Energy's assets, including condemnation if negotiations fail or are futile.

Feb. 21, 2019: The city released updated budget and expenditure figures for the Local Power project in an Information Packet to council. Visit our Budget page for more information.   

Jan. 31, 2019: The city sent a Notice of Intent to Acquire to Xcel Energy. This letter is a formal step in the process to acquire Xcel’s assets needed to operate as a city-run electric utility and begins negotiations between the parties. In December, City Council approved initiation of the acquisition process. The intent of this process is to determine a price for the assets prior to the 2020 community decision. The city will not purchase the assets without gaining voter approval.

Dec. 13, 2018:  The city hosted a Local Power quarterly update at the West Senior Center. This public meeting included information about recent PUC filings, the process for acquiring Xcel property assets, and the most recent financial analysis and power supply. Staff also demonstrated the the Financial Forecast Tool. You can download the presentation pdf

Dec. 4, 2018 : City Council approved an ordinance that will allow the city to move forward with the process to acquire Xcel Energy's assets. Visit the participate page for more information. 

Nov. 8, 2018:    ​City begins process to determine acquisition costs. City Council held the first reading of a proposed ordinance that would allow the city to acquire Xcel Energy-owned property through negotiation or condemnation. Second reading and a public hearing will occur on Dec. 4. Read the Nov. 8 memo for more information. pdf

Oct. 26, 2018:  The city and Xcel Energy provided important legal filings to the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) regarding the city’s ongoing effort to create and operate a local electric utility.  Find out more in the city’s press release.

Oct. 10, 2018:  The city 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

Sept. 20, 2018:  City Council unanimously approved two agreements with Xcel Energy. Read the memo pdf for more information.

Sept. 17, 2018: T he city held a public information session  to provide an update on the project and discuss agreements with Xcel Energy. Did you miss it? Watch the video below and download the presentation. pdf  

March 23, 2018:    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. 

March 19, 2018: The city held  a  Listening Session to discuss desired skills and expertise for Energy Future leadership. The presentation pdf from the event is available. Last month, Boulder Energy Future's current director, Heather Bailey announced her resignation, effective April 27. View Participant Responses pdf.

Feb. 26, 2018: The city held a  public information session pdf 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. The agreements are due March 13, but the city and Xcel will likely ask the Public Utilities Commission for an extension. A council public hearing on the agreements will be scheduled at a later date.    

Feb. 20, 2018:  Boulder Energy Future staff provided a summary of Xcel Energy's Electric Resource Plan pdf   , its roadmap for generating electricity in the future. The city is involved in the Public Utilities Commission Process to advocate for a plan that maximizes renewable energy use and minimizes reliance on coal and natural gas. 

Feb. 16, 2018: T he city announced the 19 members of the   Communications and Engagement Working Group

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