COLORADO CLEAN ENERGY CLUSTER
Clean Energy is a primary industry in Boulder, and in our state. That’s why the Boulder Chamber is on the board of the CCEC, a project-driven, 501(c)3 nonprofit economic development organization aimed at growing primary jobs in Colorado in the area of clean energy through formal partnerships between clean energy companies, the public sector and higher education. As a unique statewide organization fostering market transformation for clean energy, the CCEC is focused on innovative and entrepreneurial ways to grow the clean energy sector through actionable projects and initiatives that directly benefit Colorado clean energy companies. Learn more about the organization and projects at coloradocleanenergy.com.
CHAMBERS FOR INNOVATION AND CLEAN ENERGY
The Boulder Chamber is a founding member of the Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy, a national network of local chambers of commerce dedicated to helping local chambers and their member companies successfully navigate and prosper in the clean energy space. Through it’s clean energy information hub, CICE provides easy access to clean energy information, identifies clean energy incentives and opportunities, shares best practices, and connects local chambers to like-minded chambers. We invite you to explore their website chambersforinnovation.com and learn more about how Chambers for Innovation and Clean Energy can help you.
OUR POSITION ON MUNICIPALIZATION
We believe clean energy powers the future of business. Boulder’s innovation economy depends on new developments in clean energy industries like wind, solar and smartgrid applications. At the same time, advancements in all types of research and technology rely on competitively priced, reliable, high quality electricity. The potential for Boulder to municipalize its power utility presents exciting opportunities, and significant risks. With our diverse membership we strive to balance the pursuit of clean energy goals with risk mitigation. The Boulder Chamber’s has provided the following input:
GOVERNANCE. Although progress has been made by voter approval of the governance working group recommendations in 2013, there is work left to do to establish a governance structure that will;
- ensure appropriate oversight for ratesetting and other utility decisions and
- reflect the interests of ratepayers taking into account their proportional use.
ALTERNATIVES. Even as the legal process of condemnation marches forward, the possibility for partnership remains between the City of Boulder and Xcel to engage authentically toward real progress on alternatives to municipalization that could meet the community’s goals.
- we remain concerned about risk and expense
- we would like to see more rapid and widespread progress on greening our power supply.
CHOICE. Once the actual acquisition costs have been discovered through negotiation or legal action, we believe it is appropriate for the City to provide the community with a meaningful opportunity to weigh in on whether to municipalize or not.
We will continue to represent our membership in these discussions and to advocate for an energy future that supports a prosperous vibrant Boulder. We have served on both the Joint City of Boulder/Xcel Energy Task Force on Possible Partnership Opportunities to explore alternatives to municipalization and on the Utilities Governance Working Group to recommend options for the governance of a potential future utility. We continue to participate in ongoing conversations on the issues.
Whether Xcel Energy or the City of Boulder ultimately provides Boulder with power, we support the goals of ensuring a stable, safe and reliable energy supply, with competitive rates, reduced carbon emissions, and increased local economic vitality. We remain dedicated to unbiased participation on behalf of our diverse membership and to helping make Boulder the best place to live, work and play.
We recognize the economic benefits of effective energy efficiency retrofits, sustainable business operations, and responsible growth in all energy sectors, and encourage reasonable incentives and education efforts to implement those goals.
The Boulder Chamber supports an energy strategy that responds to both short and long term necessity and that promotes innovation that benefits economic vitality. We generally favor “carrots” over “sticks” as a method for achieving our shared goals.