Category Archives: Boulder

Update on Municipalization: The PUC Process

Update on Municipalization: The PUC Process

6 pm to 7:45 pm
Monday, November 16, 2015
Boulder Main Public Library

Boulder Creek Room – Main Floor

Light refreshments will be served at 5:30 pm

Please join Clean Energy Action, Empower Our Future, New Era Colorado, 350 Colorado, and other local groups for an update from:
Deb Kalish, Assistant City Attorney, City of Boulder

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.

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
 

Public Banking: Supporting community Resiliency & Renewable Energy

An Evening with Gwen Hallsmith
Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute

January 29th
6:30 – 7 pm – Refreshments
7 – 8:45 pm – Discussion
Impact Hub, Boulder
1877 Broadway St.
RSVP Here

Gwen Hallsmith
Gwen Hallsmith, the Executive Director of the Public Banking Institute will present on how public banking could play a role in financing a municipal electric utility and how Boulder can use public banking to enhance community wealth, resiliency, entrepreneurial participation and economic vitality. She will discuss the main advantage of public banking: lower-cost financing which enables states, counties and cities to better fund small business, infrastructure and projects such as affordable housing, libraries, farm-to-table agriculture, renewable energy, energy efficiency and public transportation. Each of these projects creates good local jobs. In these ways, public banks enable cities, counties, and states to better finance public priorities without relying on Wall Street or paying the high interest rates that pad big bank profits.

This presentation is part of Clean Energy Action’s Global Warming Solutions Speaker Series. Audience participation will be invited during discussion and Q&A. No RSVP required.

More About Gwen

Gwen most recently made national headlines with her work in Vermont to ask Town Meetings to consider public banking. On March 4th, 18 cities and towns in Vermont voted to endorse a resolution directing the state legislators to create a State Bank for Vermont. Thanks to the media expertise of William Boardman and Matt Stannard, the national media has picked up on the story, and there have been now over 20 radio interviews, print stories, and starting this week we’ll be on syndicated television with the story as well… Gwen has an interview with GritTV on Tuesday, and we understand that even bigger shows are working on the story – stay tuned.

Gwen is the author of several books on sustainable communities and economic reform, including her most recent book with Bernard Lietaer called Creating Wealth: Growing Local Communities with Local Currencies. She has been an advocate for economic reform for over 25 years, and implemented new currency projects on the local level in her recent position as the Director of Planning and Community Development for the City of Montpelier. Her work spans the globe – she has worked in all the major world regions at this point, and with cities, towns, regions, provinces, and states in the United States and Canada.

Her vision for the Public Banking Institute expands our horizons to include many other aspects of a public monetary system, everything from strengthening the possibilities for local investment that the new SEC regulations allow to fostering and supporting complementary currencies for local and regional means of exchange. Her deep commitment to local action matches our vision for the Institute as a source of technical assistance, training, and research for all the state, regional, and local initiatives underway to set up public banks and other currency and investment initiatives.