Convert all street lights to LED's like all the towns around us already have. Boulder's excuses for not doing this are long and ludicrous.
1. What is the color temperature of what you have installed? (e.g. 18th and Baseline, 11th Street walkway, Civic area).
2. Are those dimmable?
3. When did the other towns around us install LED’s and what was the color temperature of those?
4. Was the City Manager wrong when she stated that it was Xcel’s decision to install the LED’s, or has it been Boulder’s decision since 2016 (3 years ago) to not install the LED’s.
5. Exactly when did Xcel offer the revised option?
6. Your statement below that Plan A would at least be cost neutral begs the question, why not use that if your real goal is carbon reduction. Personally, I have found that Xcel’s calculations are always correct and Boulder’s calculations are always wrong. I will submit your statement below re: tariffs and riders to Xcel to see what they have to say. I doubt that your calculations are correct. Is the concept you are trying to sell is that we would use far less electricity but it would cost us more, or even the same at first? Show your calculations just like Xcel did.
Xcel Option A: No initial cost to Boulder.
Total cost savings: approx. $27,000
Energy saved: 1,146,000 kWh (enough to power 151 homes for a year, based on PSCo average of 632 kWh/month residential usage)
Carbon dioxide not emitted: 756 metric tons; equivalent to:
• 160 passenger cars driving for 12 months
• 1,800,000 miles driven by an average car (total City of Boulder fleet vehicle miles travelled was 2,835,000 miles in 2007, the latest published stats on the city’s web site)
• 807,000 pounds of coal burned
• 26,000 incandescent light bulbs switched to LED
Assuming a five-year process to municipalize, these numbers would be as follows:
Total cost savings: $135,000
Energy saved: 5,730,000 kWh (enough to power 755 homes for 1 year, based on PSCo average of 632 kWh/month residential usage)
Carbon dioxide not emitted: 3780 metric tons; equivalent to:
• 800 passenger cars driving for 12 months
• 9,000,000 miles driven by an average car
• 4,035,000 pounds of coal burned
• 130,000 incandescent light bulbs switched to LED