16 Sep '13, 3pm

Boulder Looks to Solar as It Debates Creating Utility

Boulder Looks to Solar as It Debates Creating Utility

In an effort to create its own renewably-powered utility, Boulder, Colo., is reaching out to the solar industry to explore how the city will transition from its current electric supply from Xcel Energy to renewables. Boulder’s efforts to create its own utility have drawn national attention from utilities and the renewables industries. At the heart of the matter, Boulder’s contracted electric utility, Xcel Energy, was not able to deliver some of the things it promised to the city. For instance, Boulder was supposed to be a test-bed for smart meters through a program with Xcel. But the utility said the costs of the program were much higher than anticipated and it got far behind on installing the meters. As such, the city decided to investigate creating its own electric utility — it is still investigating this option. Boulder is now creating a working group of solar industry ...

Full article: http://www.renewableenergyworld.com/rea/blog/post/2013/09...

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