Xcel proposes 'Most green city' plan
Last Updated: 18:11 March 28, 2012
BOULDER - Boulder could be "the most green city worldwide" by 2020 under a renewable energy plan Xcel Energy representatives are expected to present to the Boulder City Council tonight.
The city government - and, presumably, utility customers in Boulder - could initially pay more for the proposed new wind power, since wind energy currently costs more than fossil fuels such as coal and natural gas, Xcel said in a press statement. In later years of the plan, the city could receive money back as the cost of fossil fuels increase and wind energy becomes more valuable, Xcel said.
Boulder would see about 70 percent renewable energy capability within the first year of a new franchise agreement, Xcel Energy said. By 2020, the city would see about 90 percent renewable energy. Boulder voters would need to approve any such agreement, since the city decided last year to let its 20-year franchise agreement with Xcel expire at the end of 2010.
The city is going through a process of examining the feasibility of becoming its own energy supplier.
"We are making a presentation to the city council to show our continued desire to work with the city to forge a partnership that is beneficial to our customers in Boulder and all our customers outside Boulder," Jerome Davis, regional vice president for Xcel Energy, said in the press statement.
Boulder welcomes Xcel's plan and looks to evaluate it against the city's own energy goals, David Driskell, the city's executive director of community planning and sustainability, said in a statement.
"We're happy to see the proposal come forward and appreciate the effort of Xcel Energy in putting it together," Driskell said. "The potential new wind generation would be an important contribution toward reducing not only Boulder's reliance on coal-fired electricity, but move the region forward as well."
Any new agreement also would need to be approved by the Colorado Public Utilities Commission. Xcel is proposing a 20-year contract for the renewable energy plan, and said the city would save money for a "substantial portion" of the contract term.
To hear more details, you can attend the Boulder city council meeting, which starts at 6 p.m. It's at the Boulder Municipal Building at 1777 Broadway in Boulder.
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