09.25.19

Boulder’s efforts to separate from Xcel make slow progress

It hasn’t been amicable, and the process has been arduous, but as of this writing it looks as though the city of Boulder and Xcel Energy could be inching toward a divorce settlement.

Engineers from both sides have been working on separation, and although the process has been and continues to be contentious, it appears to be moving forward after years of legal battles and public filings. More of the same is likely before the process is complete.

The separation got under way after the city of Boulder set a goal of using 100% clean energy by 2030 and reducing carbon emissions by 80% by 2050. The city did not renew its contract with Xcel in 2010, and voters in 2011 approved funds for an evaluation of the takeover. After the evaluation found that separation and city control was financially and legally feasible, Boulder created a transition plan in 2014.

In mid-2019, Boulder filed in court to condemn Xcel’s assets, the last step in acquiring them, after the two sides could not reach an agreement on the list of facilities to be acquired or a price for them.

by Cindy Sutter