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URGENT: SAVE BOULDER’S BID FOR A MUNICIPAL UTILITY

This week could prove critical in determining Boulder’s energy future, and CEA needs your support.

Xcel Energy has launched a bid to stop Boulder’s 7-year effort toward municipalization in its tracks. One April 17th, the Boulder City Council considers two proposals from Xcel designed to dissuade us from our quest to control our own energy destiny.

Two days later, on April 19th, the Public Utilities Commission is holding an equally critical hearing on a motion to dismiss Boulder’s municipalization case outright.

We need your help to keep municipalization alive!

This is a critical moment for the future of independent municipal utilities in Colorado, so we ask not just Boulder residents but all Coloradans to step up to the plate.

Email the PUC at dora_PUC_complaints@state.co.us​​ with your support for Boulder’s constitutional right to form a municipal utility. A few things to mention:

  • Communities should have a right to determine their energy future and should not be constrained by Xcel’s thinking and corporate constraints
  • Under the law of Colorado, Boulder has a constitutional right to form a municipal utility, and it is up to the Commission to protect that right, and make sure it means more than words in a statute book
  • At this defining moment in the history of our planet, we need more options than a profit-driven monopoly that remains dependent on fossil fuels for more than 70% of its power generation.

We also ask our supporters to contact the City Council at council@bouldercolorado.gov and tell them to stay the course! We encourage you to remind them that:

  • Boulder Energy Future has worked for seven years to build a realistic, reasonable alternative to continued partnership with Xcel.
  • Boulder voters have weighed in on this issue not once but several times. In ballot measures in 2011, 2013, and 2014 Boulder’s residents asserted their demand to control their own energy future.
  • The two deals proposed by Xcel are both unacceptable, and do not reflect the best interests or desires of the rate-payers of Boulder.

Most importantly, there is a Stay the Course Rally outside the Municipal Building at 1777 Broadway, Boulder CO 80302 from 5:00-6:00 pm before the City Council hearing on Monday April 17th. Please come and show your support for Boulder’s Energy Future and the municipalization effort. Wear green and bring signs or posters. A couple ideas for signs and poster slogans:

  • “STAY THE COURSE!”
  • “Just Say NO (To Xcel)!”
  • “Don’t Give Away Our Energy Future!”

Finally, we ask all of our supporters to be polite and respectful when communicating with the PUC and the City Council. We cannot overstate the importance of addressing our officials in a way that is clear and concise, and also gracious and polite.

Thank you for your support. Together we will make a difference!

Council Public Hearing For Boulder Municipalization on 4/16

EUoftheF_web_cornerOn Tuesday, April 16th, 2013, the City of Boulder will be holding a public hearing to decide whether to move forward on a municipal utility. The hearing will be held at the Council Chambers, 1777 Broadway Street at 6pm.

Boulder City Council released a report on February 21st, 2013 updating the progress on research devoted to the creation of a municipal electric utility. The report concluded that a shift from a private to a municipal utility company could: lower utility rates (for residential, commercial, and industrial sectors) projected over an estimated 20 year span, maintain levels of system reliability, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent through an increase in renewable energy production (by more than 54 percent).

The public with be given a chance to comment. Please bring your family, friends, co-workers, and colleagues.

Municipality Modeling Results Show Promise for Future Boulder Electric Utility

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Boulder City Council released a report on February 21st, 2013 updating the progress on research devoted to the creation of a municipal electric utility. The research analyzed six different options, decided upon by the City Council, with the goal of achieving the community’s energy targets. Out of the six options, one was a control (i.e., to stay with Xcel Energy), and the other five options analyzed creating its own utility. The latter determined whether parting from Xcel Energy would eliminate regulation and control from Xcel, while remaining cost effective.

The Boulder community has been forthright throughout the decision-making process about what conditions they have deemed necessary for such a transition. These provisions included an energy portfolio that focused on reducing its dependence on fossil fuels through the use of renewable technologies, while providing rates and reliability comparable to or better than those provided by Xcel Energy. Furthermore, the people of Boulder have voiced that they want more transparency and control over the energy decision-making process.

The report concluded that a shift from a private to a municipal utility company could: lower utility rates (for residential, commercial, and industrial sectors) projected over an estimated 20 year span, maintain levels of system reliability, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by more than 50 percent through an increase in renewable energy production (by more than 54 percent). Further information regarding this report can be found at www.boulderenergyfuture.com.

Other sources of important information include the report “Carbon Emission Reduction Targets – World and Boulder, as well as a graph to see Boulder and World Carbon Emissions.

Any citizens interested in taking action or providing public feedback can through the following links:

  • Submit any comments, questions, or concerns about the report
  • An online questionnaire that will be available between Feb. 27 and March 27. www.bouldercolorado.gov
  • A conference telephone call designed to focus on rates and reliability from noon to 1 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12 (please register in advance)
  • Further questions of the options on the city’s new digital town hall platform, Inspire Boulder
  • Attend the community open house that will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 13, at the West Senior Center, 909 W. Arapahoe Ave. This open house will explore the pros and cons of each of the modeled options.

On Tuesday April 16th, a public hearing will be held and a council vote will take place on the publicly viewed strategies.