Xcel Energy Franchise: Summary of Proposed Side Agreements
Pursued through Previously
Strategy area Strategy description Strategy Detail alternative channels? Status negotiated item?
Fuel Switching SmartGridCity implementation The parties agree to work collaboratively for the benefit of each as they No Pending final approval Yes
work with the PUC and City Residents. The City will use its best efforts to from negotiating parties
assist the Company in creating and enhancing a collaborative approach
with stakeholders, especially City Residents.
The Company will involve the City in ways that permit it to provide
meaningful input into the deployment and operation of SmartGridCity
within the City, including providing the City with an opportunity, in advance,
to review and comment on alternatives being considered by the Company
and notifying the City in advance of decisions related to SmartGridCity™
that will have a direct impact on Residents. To that end, the Company will
confer with the City on a monthly basis regarding SmartGridCity™ and
smart grid matters in general, especially on the topics of SmartGridCity™
customer interface, including interaction with the Company’s web portal
and any energy management devices; distributed generation integration;
interoperability; and variable pricing.
Local distributed generation Community Solar Gardens The Company was a major force behind the passage of the community Yes In Governor Ritter is Yes
solar garden legislation enacted by the General Assembly during the 2010 order to meet the time constraints of scheduled to sign HB10-
session (HB10-1342). This legislation permits Colorado residents to the 2010 legislative session, staff 1342 into law on Saturday
participate in the Company’s Solar*Rewards programs by investing in worked outside of the franchise June 5.
community solar gardens located on property other than their own. The negotiations to secure a legislative
Company will continue to support the implementation of this legislation, sponsor for the bill in 2009.
before the General Assembly and Public Utilities Commission (the “PUC”),
if necessary, in order to assist the City in reaching its CAP goals.
Climate Action Plan efficiency Customer Usage Data Pilot Program In order to assist the City in its desire to measure the changes in Yes Pending final approval Yes
customer energy usage that have resulted since 2006 when the City Staff met ex parte with PUC from negotiating parties
introduced its CAP program to reduce carbon emissions in the City, the Commissioners as part of Xcel rate
Company agrees to design, in consultation with the City, a customer case. It was these discussions with
usage data access pilot program (the “Data Pilot”). The purpose of the the Commissioners that led to the
Data Pilot would be to provide the City with aggregated and anonymous development of the data pilot.
customer energy usage information in a format that would allow the City
to test and verify the success of its CAP and to encourage participation
in the City’s CAP programs. During the design phase, the Company
shall make a good faith estimate of the cost of the Data Pilot and a good
faith estimate of the cost of providing the aggregate data to the City if
the Data Pilot is successful.
Climate Action Plan efficiency Energy efficiency and demand side Currently, there is significant participation by Boulder residents in the No Pending final approval Yes
management energy efficiency and demand-side management programs sponsored by from negotiating parties
Xcel Energy. These programs assist City residents in reducing their
energy consumption and/or using energy in a more efficient manner. To
continue to support these high levels of participation, the Company and
the City agree as follows:
A. Company Collaboration on City Initiatives. The Company shall continue
to work collaboratively with the City, meeting at least quarterly to discuss
the design, implementation and promotion of Boulder’s community-based
energy efficiency initiatives.
B. Prescriptive DSM Program. The Company has determined that
Boulder residents and commercial customers will continue to be eligible
for its present demand-side management and energy efficiency programs
(collectively “DSM programs”) if the City adopts energy efficiency
standards that (i) are applicable to existing residential housing and
commercial buildings and (ii) exceed the average energy efficiency
standards in effect in the State of Colorado.
Fuel Switching Plan for a Clean Energy Future Beginning in January 2011 and continuing for one year, the Company and No Pending final approval No- new from 6/3/2010
the City, in a continued partnership for a clean energy future, shall engage from negotiating parties Xcel letter
in a joint study for the development of a strategy to implement the shift
from carbon-based fuels to clean energy. The purpose of the study will be
to define the technological, financial and legal options for pursuing a clean
energy strategy that builds on: full implementation of the smart grid, recent
commitments by the Company in relation to its regional energy mix, recent
and current local actions related to DSM and local renewable generation,
and additional potential actions that could achieve rapid movement toward
the use of clean energy. The study shall be jointly funded by the Company
and the City on an equal basis.
Fuel Switching WindSource Xcel agrees to Increased, focused promotions in Boulder, propose to work No City staff has not yet had No- new from 6/3/2010
closely with City leaders and staff to determine a WindSource program an opportunity to review Xcel letter
penetration target for Boulder. the proposal
Xcel proposes to work with the City on developing a WindSource
marketing plan aimed at Boulder residents and businesses with specific
We offer to conduct town hall meetings to educate the Boulder community
about the environmental benefits of WindSource, as well as how it can
specifically help the city reach its environmental goals.
Xcel will provide WindSource subscribers with window tags to let their
neighbors know they are subscribers.
Each year, Xcel Energy agrees to report on progress.