1300 Canyon Blvd
P.O. Box 791
Boulder, CO 80306
Boulder's Climate Action Plan
In 2002, the Boulder City Council passed Resolution 906 , committing the community to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions to the target established by the Kyoto Protocol, an international agreement adopted in 1997 to combat global climate change. Boulder's goal is to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
Climate Action Plan Focus Areas
Select from the sustainability icons below to learn more about the six CAP focus areas and the resources available for Boulder residents and businesses:
The city has been producing annual reports for the community on greenhouse gas emissions management since 2004. In 2006, the Boulder City Council adopted a Climate Action Plan (CAP) and Boulder voters passed the CAP tax, the nation's first tax exclusively designed for climate change mitigation. The CAP was evaluated and updated in 2009 , leading to the 2011 roll-out of the one-stop-shop energy efficiency program, EnergySmart. 2009 also marked the first release of the Community Guide to Boulder's Climate Action Plan , which combines a report on the community's progress toward meeting the Kyoto goal with resources for residents and businesses.
Since CAP programs formally began in 2007, the community's carbon emissions have remained stable – meaning that Boulder's emissions were 4.5 percent less in 2010 than they could have been had pre-CAP trends continued. However, the city's emissions in 2010 remained 27 percent higher than the 2012 Kyoto goal. The city is engaging a community dialogue to decide how to escalate progress toward reaching the Kyoto goal, and what the community's goal should be after 2012.
Climate Action Plan Resources
Plans, Guides, and Evaluations
2010 CAP Technical Teams
Climate Action Plan Tax
In November 2006, Boulder voters passed the Climate Action Plan (CAP) tax, the nation's first tax exclusively designated for climate change mitigation. City residents and businesses are taxed based on the amount of electricity they consume. The City Council has the authority to set the rate for each user type within an approved range. Since July 2009, the rates have been set at the maximum allowable level. The CAP tax generated approximately $1.8 million in 2010. It will expire on March 31, 2013. For more information on the history of the CAP tax, please read the staff white paper, A Community Takes Charge .
Xcel Energy collects the tax for the city through its monthly customer utility billing. Customers who subscribe to wind-generated power through Xcel Energy's Windsource program are not taxed for that portion of their electricity use.
Current CAP Tax Rates
For billing questions, please contact Xcel Energy at (800) 895-4999.
Last Updated on Thursday, 01 November 2012 10:55