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City of Boulder Energy Impact Offset Fund

City of Boulder Energy Impact Offset Fund

The city has been and continues to be at the forefront of environmental protection, social equity and economic vitality. In 2017, the city developed a new Energy Impact Offset Fund (EIOF) option as part of the city's marijuana energy offset requirements. This option provides a new path to offset the intensive energy use of marijuana cultivation facilities while funding increased local renewable energy and keeping revenue local.  

In addition to helping the marijuana industry reduce is energy use, funds will be used to help provide more affordable energy options for the community’s households with lower-incomes.

Frequently Asked Questions

How is the city going to do this?

All City of Boulder marijuana licensed facilities are required to offset 100 percent of their electricity use per an approved offset option. The city allows three options in which a licensed facility can offset their electricity use by opting into one or a combination of the following;

The Energy Impact Offset Fund was approved by City Council on , updating 2016 rules, as an approved option for licensed marijuana facilities to pay into that will offset their electricity use.

What is the purpose of the Fund? 

The goal of this fund is to create a revenue source to implement projects and programs that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions that support the City’s Climate Action Plan Goals.

When developing policies, programs and partnerships, the city considers a comprehensive range of impacts and implements trade-offs that will help balance the needs and wants of the community. By requiring this fairly young, locally regulated industry to reduce its impact on the community’s GHG emission reduction goals, the city is balancing all the competing values and interests. Having the Fund as an option for offsets increases local renewable energy and keeps revenue local.  

If I am a new marijuana licensee in the city, how do I opt into the fund?

After you’ve submitted your license application to the City’s Licensing Team, contact the Climate + Sustainability (C+S) staff to ensure you are registered with them for energy reporting and choosing your offset option. Complete this electricity offset form and once you submit it, it will be emailed to the C+S staff. Contact Elizabeth Vasatka at [email protected] or 303-441-1964.  

What will the city use the Fund’s revenue for?

Revenues will be used to support projects that lower the environmental impact of the marijuana industry and to help provide more affordable energy options for the community’s households with low-incomes. 

Are there currently any projects being financed by the Fund?

Yes, the city has subscribed to Jack’s Solar Garden and will be providing those subscriptions to community members with low-incomes.  Several other projects are also in various stages of development.

If I pay into the Fund, what are my benefits?

The City of Boulder’s marijuana licensing requirements state that a licensed cultivation facility must report monthly energy use and then offset 100 percent of its electricity use. Licensed cultivation facilities that opt into the Fund will pay their offset cost bi-annually and will be invoiced for the kilowatt (kWhs) hours used for the time designated. The city will provide benefits back to the cannabis industry by investing in projects that offset their electricity use, which will in turn lower the fees that licensed facilities must pay. 

How can I provide feedback on how the city will use the Fund?  

If you’re interested in providing feedback about the Fund, please email [email protected]