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May 16, 2013
The City of Boulder has released study information concerning how it believes it can finance a takeover of Xcel Energy’s electric utility system and service in the city and in certain areas of Boulder County. That study is being used as justification for Boulder to continue spending millions of dollars and city resources to possibly and forcibly acquire the electric utility business from Xcel Energy, most likely through a condemnation (eminent domain) process expected to take years to complete.
To ensure those customers potentially affected by Boulder’s decision have a more complete perspective on the issue, Xcel Energy will provide a series of issue briefs that examine key assumptions and conclusions in Boulder’s study. The first issue paper is a look at the city’s plan to provide rates equal to or lower than Xcel Energy’s on the day the start-up utility begins and how those rates could change over time. Use the link in the upper right of this page to read our analysis.
May 12, 2013
Clarification sought on Boulder’s move to add county customers
Xcel Energy has filed a petition with the Colorado Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) asking the Commission to confirm that the city of Boulder cannot unilaterally reach beyond its boundaries to serve the electric customers outside the city.
Xcel Energy is asking the CPUC to confirm that the CPUC assigns these service territories, not the city of Boulder. The CPUC has already assigned to Xcel Energy the service territory in the county areas in dispute.
“Our customers outside the city limits had no say in the matter of Boulder’s pursuit of a municipal utility,” said Jerome Davis, regional vice president for Xcel Energy. “The best way we can protect them is to ask the commission to clarify its authority.”
“All of the Boulder municipal utility options studied by the city assume that Boulder can just choose to serve the county customers. This assumption is in direct conflict with the Colorado Commission’s constitutional and statutory authority regarding service territory certificates,” Davis says.
“We think it is important to ask the commission to rule on this before both Boulder and Xcel Energy spend several years and significant dollars litigating a plan that is based on a fundamental assumption that is erroneous.”
Xcel Energy is asking the CPUC to declare:
• If a municipal utility seeks to serve customers located outside the city’s boundaries, it is subject to the certificate jurisdiction of the Commission;
• The commission has already granted to Xcel Energy a certificate of public convenience and necessity covering the territory in Boulder County, outside the Boulder city boundaries, in which the 5,800 customers are located;
• Under Colorado law, there can only be one certificated utility per geographic area;
• The certificate of an existing utility cannot be taken away without due process of law which requires a hearing before this commission and proof by substantial evidence that the existing certificated public utility is unwilling or unable to serve the certificated area, and
• The need to construct replacement facilities as a result of actions taken by a challenging utility does not constitute an inability to serve. The city of Boulder has set an aggressive timeline to move forward with municipalization, with a vote to condemn Xcel Energy property coming as soon as Aug.6.
A new video program that shows how Xcel Energy is meeting the challenge of renewable energy is available on YouTube (link at upper right).
If you’re interested in more information about municipalization or would like us to speak to your business or organization, please contact Craig Eicher. His contact information is below.
We invite you to read a full or summary analysis of Boulder's feasibility study on municipalization to learn more about the costs and risk of this option.
We also are providing other useful links to help you become an informed voter.