City of Boulder - Climate Action Plan Fund (Colorado)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Boulder, Colorado

Name City of Boulder - Climate Action Plan Fund
Incentive Type Public Benefits Fund
Applicable Sector Commercial, Industrial, Residential
Eligible Technologies Unspecified technologies, Technologies not specified
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Local
Energy Category Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs, Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Charge Maximum tax rates for electricity customers:

Residential: 0.0049/kWh
Commercial: 0.0009/kWh
Industrial: 0.0003/kWh

Total Fund Projected to be 1.6 million for 2010
Types Renewable energy, energy efficiency, transportation

Date added to DSIRE 2006-11-15
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-27
Last Substantive Modification
to Summary by DSIRE

References DSIRE[1]


In November 2006, citizens of Boulder, Colorado, voted to approve Ballot Issue No. 202, authorizing the city council to levy and collect an excise tax from residential, commercial and industrial electricity customers for the purpose of funding a climate action plan to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The plan outlines programs to increase energy efficiency, increase renewable energy use, reduce emissions from motor vehicles, and take other steps toward the goal of meeting the Kyoto Protocol.

Beginning April 1, 2007, and expiring March 31, 2013, the initial tax rate was set at $0.0022/kWh for residential customers, $0.0004/kWh for commercial customers, and $0.0002/kWh for industrial customers. The city council was given the authority to increase the tax after the first year up to a maximum permitted tax rates of $0.0049/kWh for residential customers; $0.0009/kWh for commercial customers; and $0.0003/kWh for industrial customers. In July 2009 the city council voted to increase the tax up to those caps. Voluntary purchases of utility-provided wind power are exempt from the tax.

Boulder citizens voted in favor of the Climate Action Plan Tax again in 2012, extending the expiration of the tax to March 31, 2018. Click here for more information.

Incentive Contact

Contact Name Kara Mertz
Department City of Boulder
Division Local Environmental Action Division
Address 1300 Canyon Blvd.
Address 2 P.O. Box 791
Place Boulder, Colorado
Zip/Postal Code 80306
Phone (303) 441-4900



Authorities (Please contact the if there are any file problems.)

Authority 1: Ballot Issue 202 (Climate Action Plan Tax)

Date Enacted 2006-11-07

Authority 2: Boulder Revised Code 3-12
Date Effective 2007-04-01

Expiration Date 2013-03-31

  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"