Boulder to create solar working group
Last Updated: 15:41 September 10, 2013
The group will focus on defining incentives and provide guidance for how to handle solar contracts between now and when the city decides whether it will create a local electric utility.
The city’s Energy Future team plans to hold the first meeting with the working group after the Nov. 5 election.
“Supporting and increasing renewable sources of energy is a core value, and we see this as a important next step in our effort to create the electric utility of the future,” Heather Bailey, the city’s executive director of energy strategy and electric utility development, said in a press release.
The Boulder City Council last month gave city staff final approval to move forward with acquiring Xcel Energy Inc.’s assets, by condemnation if necessary, for the purpose of creating a municipal utility. The council also directed staff to continue discussing alternative options to municipalization with Xcel.
The city press release pointed toward the many local resources that have helped the city be a leader in solar installation, with 14 megawatts already installed.
“We don’t want to simply continue this tradition; we want to make it even stronger by working with stakeholders to identify ways to encourage even more locally generated clean energy sources,” Bailey said. “This is fundamental to achieving our community’s goals, whether we create our own electric utility or strike a new agreement with our current provider, Xcel Energy.”
The release stated that the city is committed to protecting customers who have invested in solar energy from any adverse impacts related to creating a city-run utility. Currently, Xcel has certain rebate and incentive programs to encourage customers to install solar systems.
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