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Here is an archive of stories on the city of Boulder’s efforts to determine if it will form its own utility and part ways with it current power supplier Xcel Energy Inc. The stories were first published in the Boulder County Business Report.

Boulder council to consider utility ordinance next week

BOULDER – The Boulder city council at its Wednesday meeting will consider on first reading an ordinance that would create a municipal electric utility.

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City of Boulder-Xcel task force disbands

BOULDER - A task force formed nearly a year ago to explore partnership opportunities between the city of Boulder and Xcel Energy Inc. as the city moves forward on possibly parting ways... MORE

Boulder accuses Xcel of letting system fall into disrepair

BOULDER - City of Boulder officials on Thursday accused power company Xcel Energy Inc. of letting its distribution system fall into disrepair because of the city's pending attempt to... MORE

Xcel: Boulder's acquisition notice lacks detail

BOULDER - Xcel Energy Inc. officials do not believe the city of Boulder's notice of intent to acquire Xcel property, sent on Jan. 6, is sufficient to formally begin the negotiations... MORE

Summer letters illustrate Xcel/Boulder rift

BOULDER - Letters exchanged between the city of Boulder and Xcel Energy Inc. last summer illustrate the differences that led to Xcel filing with the PUC a request to modify its... MORE

Xcel wants to alter energy plans for Boulder

BOULDER - Xcel Energy Inc. on Tuesday filed an application with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission asking for permission to modify its energy efficiency and renewable energy... MORE

Boulder files appeal to dispute PUC rulings

BOULDER - The city of Boulder on Wednesday filed an appeal in district court challenging a pair of Colorado Public Utilities Commission rulings made late last year related to the city's... MORE

Boulder declares intent to acquire Xcel assets

BOULDER - The city of Boulder on Monday sent formal notice to Xcel Energy Inc., informing the utility of the city's intent to acquire parts of its electrical system.

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Boulder municipal-utility plan: Brighter or dimmer?

The city of Boulder's push to break away from Xcel Energy Inc. and create a municipal electric utility heated up in August when the city council approved an ordinance allowing staff to... MORE

Budget for muni effort may come up short

BOULDER - The city of Boulder is budgeting $2,312,000 for 2014 for its ongoing municipalization exploration project. But staff warned city council on Tuesday night that more funds could... MORE

Boulder loses appeal of PUC muni ruling

DENVER - The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Wednesday morning denied Boulder's appeal of an October ruling that the city had argued was over-reaching in relation to its attempt... MORE

Boulder appeals PUC's ruling

BOULDER – The city of Boulder wants the state Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a ruling it made Oct. 29 regarding electric-utility municipalization. The city argues that... MORE

Boulder asks PUC to reconsider muni ruling

BOULDER - The city of Boulder wants the state Public Utilities Commission to reconsider a ruling it made Oct. 29 regarding electric-utility municipalization. The city argues that the... MORE

Boulder mayor mulls PRPA partnership

BOULDER - Mayor Matt Appelbaum is considering joining Platte River Power Authority, the utility owned by cities such as Fort Collins, if Boulder is successful in replacing Xcel Energy... MORE

PUC’s muni ruling leaves Xcel satisfied

BOULDER – Xcel Energy Inc. officials said they were satisfied with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s written ruling regarding the city of Boulder’s plan to... MORE

Ruling tightens reins on Boulder actions

BOULDER – Xcel Energy Inc. officials said they were satisfied with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission’s written ruling regarding the city of Boulder’s plan to... MORE

Voters OK debt-limit on municipalization

BOULDER - The city of Boulder's efforts to break away from Xcel Energy Inc. and create its own municipal electric utility scored a victory Tuesday when voters rejected ballot measure 310... MORE

Xcel satisfied with PUC's muni ruling

BOULDER - Xcel Energy Inc. officials were satisfied Tuesday following the Colorado Public Utilities Commission's written ruling regarding the city of Boulder's plan to break away from... MORE

2E, 310 fall short of ‘yes’ or ‘no’ vote

We’ve said all along that voters should have the final say about whether Boulder should municipalize its utility. Now, as the city proceeds on the path toward municipalization, two... MORE

Muni backers closing election spending gap

BOULDER – Municipalization supporters have closed the spending gap with Xcel Energy Inc. in this year’s election compared with 2011. But those same supporters are wary that... MORE

Muni backers close election spending gap

BOULDER - Municipalization supporters have closed the spending gap with Xcel Energy Inc. in this year's election compared with 2011. But those same supporters are wary that the... MORE

Sticking with Xcel risky; 'muni' a better deal

Sticking with Xcel risky; 'muni' a better deal

Why is Boulder pursuing creating a municipal electric utility? Because it's a better deal both environmentally and financially.
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Boulder forming gas/fracking study group

BOULDER - The findings of a new community working group won't likely affect whether the city of Boulder uses natural gas in its energy mix upon forming a municipal electric utility. MORE

PUC will have say in municipalization effort

BOULDER - The Colorado Public Utilities Commission asserted at its meeting in Denver on Wednesday that it has ruling authority with regard to Xcel Energy Inc. assets that the city of... MORE

Boulder's $1.2 billion municipalization gamble

The city of Boulder may be playing pretty fast and loose with its $214 million "debt limit" claim by asking voters to approve the city's municipalization ballot issue 2E.

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Boulder looks ahead to forcing Xcel's hand

BOULDER — The Boulder City Council's decision Aug. 20 to approve an ordinance to pursue the acquisition of Xcel Energy Inc.'s distribution system serving Boulder marked a... MORE

Council OKs continuing muni process

BOULDER - The Boulder City Council voted 6-3 Tuesday night to give final approval on third reading of an ordinance allowing city staff to move forward with the process of acquiring Xcel... MORE

Debt-limit measure survives challenge

BOULDER - A citizen-initiated measure seeking to place a debt limit on a municipal electric utility still will land on the November ballot despite 554 previously validated petition... MORE

Xcel’s solar plan comes at wrong time

Xcel Energy has chosen the worst possible time to propose changes to the net-metering incentive, whereby residential solar customers are incentivized for the excess power generated by... MORE

Final arguments made in utility ballot fray

BOULDER - Attorneys for New Era Colorado and the group Voter Approval of Debt Limits made their closing statements Friday morning in a hearing before Boulder city clerk Alisa Lewis... MORE

$214 million cap on Xcel assets proposed

BOULDER – The Boulder City Council on Tuesday night – and early Wednesday morning – kept the municipalization train rolling while setting $214 million as the proposed... MORE

Second reading on utility Tuesday night

BOULDER - The Boulder City Council could take another step toward creating a municipal electric utility on Tuesday night, with a public hearing and second reading of an ordinance that... MORE

Voters must get final say on city utility

Let the people decide.

With the city of Boulder poised to make the biggest financial decision in its history — creating a municipal utility — shouldn’t...
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Push for city utility in overdrive

BOULDER — The city of Boulder’s exploration into creating a municipal electric utility has shifted into execution mode in recent weeks, with some citizens and city council... MORE

Debt-limit petition hearing set for Aug. 8

BOULDER - Boulder city clerk Alisa Lewis has set an Aug. 8 hearing date for a complaint filed by New Era Colorado that questions the validity of several signatures on a petition that... MORE

Feds reject Boulder municipal-utility plea

BOULDER - Saying it didn't have enough information, the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission on Monday denied the city of Boulder's request for a declaratory order confirming that Boulder... MORE

Xcel Energy wants to generate more solar

Xcel Energy Inc. (NYSE:XEL) said Wednesday that it has asked the Colorado Public Utilities Commission to approve an additional 42.5 megawatts of new solar generation next year as part of... MORE

Utility ordinance passes first reading 6-3

BOULDER - The Boulder city council on Wednesday night took a step toward creating a municipal electric utility by voting to move forward on first reading of an ordinance authorizing the... MORE

Evaluator validates Boulder's utilities model

BOULDER - The city of Boulder's models for creating a municipal utility earned a nod of validation from an independent evaluator at a city council study session on Tuesday night.
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Utility debt-limit ballot item proposed

BOULDER - City of Boulder staff on Friday presented an alternative ballot measure to the citizen initiative on debt limits for a municipal electric utility filed last month.
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City staff recommends parting with Xcel

BOULDER - The city of Boulder's staff is recommending to the city council to move forward with pursuing a local electric utility, including adopting an ordinance to acquire Xcel Energy... MORE

Utility group offers recommendations

BOULDER - The city of Boulder's governance working group on Monday released a set of recommendations for city council with regard to how a nine-member utility advisory board should be... MORE

Utility debt measure likely headed for ballot

BOULDER - A measure proposing an amendment to the city of Boulder's charter that would require voter approval of debt limits for a municipal electric utility looks as if will appear on... MORE

Xcel Energy to tell its side at open house

BOULDER - Xcel Energy Inc., will host an open house on Wednesday, June 19, for customers to learn more about its energy efficiency programs, and to provide insight on its take regarding... MORE

Boulder hydro plant again making power

BOULDER - The city of Boulder resumed power generation at its Boulder Canyon Hydroelectric facility this week, providing a revenue boost in the near term and a long-term piece in the... MORE

PUC to hear Xcel/Boulder customer dispute

BOULDER - The Colorado Public Utilities Commission said on Wednesday morning that it will hear a petition filed by Xcel Energy Inc. that requests the PUC to rule that the city of Boulder... MORE

Boulder asks PUC to deny Xcel petition

BOULDER - The city of Boulder on Friday filed an objection with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission in an attempt to squash an Xcel Energy petition asking the PUC to rule that... MORE

Group hosts city energy talk in Gunbarrel

BOULDER - The Gunbarrel Energy Future Citizens Group is hosting a public meeting Thursday evening titled "What could a municipal electrical utility mean for Gunbarrel?"

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NREL ranks utilities on renewable energy

GOLDEN - Several aspects of Xcel Energy Inc.'s renewable energy programs ranked in the Top 10 of all such programs across the country in 2012 in a report released Wednesday by the... MORE

Governance group set to advise council

BOULDER - City of Boulder officials have formed a 16-member governance working group, as the city continues to conduct research about whether to create a new, city-owned, city-run... MORE

Boulder-Xcel tiff may call for 2nd vote

We said it before ballots were even cast on Boulder’s path toward creating a municipal utility: "Any expenditure in the hundreds of millions of dollars should be explicitly... MORE

Boulder recruiting group to steer utility

BOULDER – It’s time for business leaders to have a say about what a new city-owned, city-run electric company could look like.

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Xcel consultant questions city's utility model

BOULDER - Xcel Energy consultant Bob Bellemare on Wednesday questioned if 2013 is the best time for city of Boulder officials to decide whether or not to condemn Xcel's electricity assets... MORE

Boulder files to avert Xcel obligation

BOULDER - Attorneys for the city of Boulder on Friday filed a petition with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission related to the possible creation of a local electric utility. The... MORE

Boulder taps N.C. firm to review utility plan

BOULDER - North Carolina-based PowerServices Inc. has been selected by the city of Boulder to provide an independent review and verification of the city's modeling for a new electric... MORE

Problems delay OK of utility ballot petition

BOULDER - The city of Boulder's Clerk's Office has notified a citizens group that its petition to put new provisions into the city charter concerning a potential municipal electric... MORE

Group wants vote on Boulder energy bonds

BOULDER - Residents in Boulder should get one more chance to vote on the potential cost of the city's plan to create a municipal utility if it goes forward, a spokesman for a new Boulder... MORE

New Boulder website explains electric stance

BOULDER — The city of Boulder has created a web page to provide an explanation of the modeling process that led to recent conclusions that a local electric utility could utilize... MORE

Boulder picks finalists to review utility plan

BOULDER - The city of Boulder has selected two finalists to provide an independent review and verification of the city's modeling for a new electric utility.

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Webpage explains Boulder's energy model

BOULDER - The city of Boulder has created a webpage to provide an explanation of the modeling process that led to recent conclusions that a local electric utility could utilize more... MORE

Boulder seeks consultant to verify utility rates

BOULDER - Some 43 people have downloaded information about a consulting job, the task of which would be to verify that a possible city-run utility would not charge rates above those Xcel... MORE


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