Today, Judge Thomas Mulvahill granted Xcel Energy’s Aug. 5, 2019 motion to dismiss the city’s condemnation filing. The city’s June 28 condemnation petition was in support of Boulder’s Local Power project, the city’s exploration of creating a city-run, community-owned electric utility.
“The city has received today’s ruling from Judge Mulvahill and is reviewing it. It was the city’s position that this stage of the PUC process and condemnation could run concurrently, and the city is committed to completing the PUC process,” said Director of Climate Initiatives, Steve Catanach. “Dismissal of the city’s petition was a risk the city identified. While the city believes that there is still a path forward, the city is now evaluating the impact of today’s ruling on the project schedule, particularly the planned community go/no-go decision in 2020.”
Also today at the commissioner’s weekly meeting, the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (PUC) issued a decision related to municipalization.
“Wednesday’s PUC decision provides the city a path forward to complete the PUC process, making key progress towards its municipalization effort. The commission has confirmed that the city does not need to return to the commission with another application to seek approval to transfer assets inside substations,” said Catanach. “The commission acknowledged the city’s and Xcel’s filings from Friday, and that parties have 10 days to submit comments about the filings. After those filings are made, the commission can determine whether the city has met the three conditions that the PUC required in its September 2017 order, finishing the PUC process.”
About Local Power
Local Power is the city’s effort to bring clean, local, affordable and reliable electricity to the community by developing a community-owned local electric utility.
Local power is a key component of the city’s Energy Future strategy, as well as the city’s Climate Commitment.
Learn more at www.BoulderColorado.gov/Local-Power .
Emily Sandoval, 303-441-1927
Posted Sept. 4