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Boulder selects finalists for independent review of public power proposal


From the May 14, 2013 issue of Public Power Daily

Originally published May 14, 2013

By Fallon Forbush
Communications Assistant

The city of Boulder, Colo., announced May 3 that two companies were selected as finalists to provide an independent review and verification of its modeling for a public power utility. The two leading proposals were submitted by North Carolina-based PowerServices Inc. and jointly by Florida-based Strategic Utility Management, LLC and Maryland-based Downes Associates Inc. 

Both proposals have been posted at boulderenergyfuture.com for public review. The contract will either be awarded or all submittals will be rejected by May 16. 

Boulder also launched a new website page that outlines the process that guided its officials’ decision to pursue the possibility of a public power utility. Boulder’s latest Energy Future Today newsletter anticipates that the city council’s upcoming work in the process will be "intense." 

"The results revealed in Phase 1 by city staff, consultants and the groups of community volunteers was incredible and invaluable, and really set the table for Phase 2," said Heather Bailey, Boulder’s executive director of energy strategy and electric utility development. "Thanks to everyone’s dedicated and insightful work, by August 2013, we should know with high likelihood if forming a local electric utility will be feasible or if Boulder will need to follow another path to achieve community climate change goals." 

See the March 4 Public Power Daily for previous coverage of Boulder's interest in creating a city-owned electric utility.


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