Category Archives: 2015

CEA events that took place in 2015

Tell the PUC to Uphold Boulder’s Right to Municipalize

Act Now: Tell the PUC to Uphold Boulder’s Right to Municipalize

On November 4, 2015 the Colorado PUC is scheduled to hear Xcel’s Motion to Dismiss Boulder’s application for separation from the Xcel system. We hope you will express your support for the City of Boulder with a short message to the PUC and if you can, by attending the actual proceedings (business attire is best.)

Boulder has a clear Constitutional right to form a municipal utility, but of course Xcel would like to stifle that right in its effort to maintain its monopoly status and to continue to provide electricity that is dominated by coal and natural gas.

If you believe Boulder’s Constitutional right to municipalize should be respected (and/or think we can do better than 30% renewable energy!), then please send a quick note to the Colorado PUC.

Defend Freedom to Access Local Clean Energy

The Honorable Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission
888 First Street, NE
Washington, DC 20426

Dear Ms. Bose,

We, the undersigned, urge the Commission to find that Tri-State’s proposed lost revenue penalty proposal contained in Tri-State’s revised Board Policy 101 is inconsistent with the Public Utilities Regulatory Policies Act of 1978 (“PURPA”) and the Commission’s implementing regulations.

Rate penalties placed on purchases of power from local qualifying facilities appear to run counter to the spirit and the letter of PURPA. PURPA Section 210 states an intention to “encourage cogeneration and small power production” through rate setting that is “just and reasonable to the electric consumers of the electric utility and in the public interest.”

As we consider the public interest in mitigating climate change and in promoting local economic development, we ask that the Commission deny approval of Tri-State's lost revenue penalty. Tri-State's proposal penalizes utilities like Delta-Montrose for buying local renewable energy that the Commission has said Delta Montrose is obligated to purchase. Approving the rate penalty would essentially undo the Commission's previous decision and hinder, rather than promote, local renewable energy development.

For these reasons, we urge you to reject Tri-State's proposed lost revenue penalty.

Sincerely,

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Additional Actions

Attend the PUC Hearing at 11 am, November 4th at 1560 Broadway, Suite 250 Denver, CO 80202 or watch the webcast.

Read an informative op-ed on the legal background of the proceeding by retired attorney Phil Wardell.

Review Boulder’s municipalization PUC docket.

How much renewable energy could we use and keep costs competitive in Colorado?

October 19th: Renewable Energy By the Numbers
5:30 pm Light Refreshments
6:00 pm Event Begins
Boulder Main Public Library
Boulder Creek Room – Main Floor

Join Clean Energy Action, Empower Our Future, and others to find out how much renewable energy we could use and keep costs competitive in Colorado. Tom Asprey, from the Empower Our Future citizen group, has built a detailed spreadsheet model to ask and answer that question over a very broad range of assumptions. Come hear what he learned and get answers to your questions about what our energy future could look like.

The result of Tom’s model are very encouraging and support your intuition that if we invest in clean energy now we can save significant amounts of money going forward–and greatly reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and start to live within our “fair share” carbon budget at the same time.

A op-ed describing the model results can be found here.


The goal of the meeting is to give an initial introduction to the model and preliminary conclusions found using it.  The public will receive an initial understanding of how the model is structured, how it works and what it shows.  They will be invited to collaborate, to ask questions, to provide feedback and to make suggestions on improving the model in ways that address their concerns.  This is intended as a first session.  Future public sessions will follow and requests for individual sessions can be made by appointment on the EmpowerOurFuture website.

Tom Asprey – Retired Electrical Engineer (BSEE) is a member of IEEE, AAAS and ACS.  Worked on modeling and design of computer chips and systems at HP and Intel for 27 years before retiring.  Tom served on various City working groups that supported and evaluated the municipal electric utility proposal.  This is Tom’s fourth model of a proposed Boulder municipal electric utility.

Oct. 4th: Community Climate Courage Showing of The Wisdom to Survive

October 4th, 2:00 pm
The Alliance Center
1536 Wynkoop Street, Suite 100, Denver CO

Join CEA and the Climate Courage Resilience Circle for a film screening and discussion of The Wisdom to Survive. This film accepts the consensus of scientists that climate change has already arrived, and asks: what is keeping us from action? The film explores how unlimited growth and greed are destroying the life support system of the planet, the social fabric of the society, and the lives of billions of people.

Join the event on Facebook!

Will we have the wisdom to survive? The film features thought leaders and activists in the realms of science, economics and spirituality discussing how we can evolve and take action in the face of climate disruption. They urge us to open ourselves to the beauty that surrounds us and get to work on ensuring it thrives.

Amongst those featured are Bill McKibben, Joanna Macy, Roger Payne, Richard Heinberg, Gus Speth, Stephanie Kaza, Nikki Cooley and Ben Falk.

Suggested donation: $7. No one will be turned away for lack of funds, but we gratefully accept contributions to support this initiative!

Seating is limited. Register here to attend the event.

Sept. 24, 7:30 pm: New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City

7:30 pm, September 24th
Boulder Bookstore
1107 Pearl Street
Join CEA and author  William Powers as he discusses his attempt at minimalist living in the heart of New York City. Powers, a World Policy Institute fellow with decades of experience in development and conservation, explores the viability of Slow Money and Slow Food,  urban beekeeping and rooftop gardening, in a new book, New Slow City: Living Simply in the World’s Fastest City.

Got EE, PV, EV?

5:30 pm Light Refreshments
6:00 pm Event Begins
Boulder Main Public Library
Boulder Creek Room – Main Floor

 

Energy Efficiency, Photovoltaic Solar Systems, and Electric Vehicles: Join Clean Energy Action, Empower Our Future, and others to learn more about City and County of Boulder programs to help you obtain more EE, PV, and EV!
An $11,000 Nissan Leaf? Until September 30th, look into a Nissan Leaf discounted by roughly $8,300 through Solar Benefits Colorado in Boulder, Adams and Denver County. After state and federal tax incentives, that’s around $11,000.
Interested in PV? The same counties are offering a solar deal at $3.50 per watt – a 15% discount through October 31st.
Click the following links more information on Boulder CountyEnergy Efficiency and PV/EV programs