Boulder makes modifications to municipal utility plan

BOULDER — The city of Boulder filed its rebuttal testimony for its plan to form a municipal electric authority, which includes some modifications to address some — but not all — of the questions raised by Colorado’s Public Utilities Commission earlier this month.

One of those modifications, said city spokeswoman Sarah Huntley, is Boulder’s decision to let Xcel build a new distribution system. The city would not take it over until the construction is complete.

That path is a variation from Boulder’s original separation plan, which had Xcel operating a system the city constructed and then have it switch to city operations.

Huntley said that because the separation is still in litigation, the city would not comment on its filings.

The plan, according to the city’s filings, is to blend Boulder’s original separation plan with some of the alternative recommendations made by the Public Utilities Commission and Xcel.

The next stage of the process will be an eight day hearing scheduled for April 26.

This is an ongoing story and will be updated with more information.