Vote NO on 310

Xcel Energy is using measure 310 to kill our city’s clean energy goals. Don’t be fooled by their fear campaign–they’re using our ballot box to protect their profits.

Why you should vote NO

Xcel Energy is using measure 310 to maintain its monopoly in Boulder and keep our city from getting more of our power from clean energy. Boulder wants to create our own local electric utility based on renewable energy. 29 other cities in Colorado, like Colorado Springs and Fort Collins, already have a local utility and on average they have cheaper rates and better reliability. But Xcel’s measure 310 would make it impossible for Boulder to follow their lead. Vote NO to allow Boulder to pursue more clean energy, and to stop Xcel from using our democracy to protect its profits.

How to vote NO

In a nutshell: It’s not too late to register to vote, you have all options for turning in your ballot, and ballots must be received by your county election officials by 7PM on Tuesday, November 5th.

Register to vote – it’s not too late
You can always register (+vote!) in person at any Voter Service and Polling Center in Boulder County through Election Day. You need a valid ID to vote in person. Acceptable forms of ID include a Colorado license or ID card, a student ID, a US Passport, a recent pay stub or utility bill with your address on it. More here.

Vote by mail or drop off your ballot
Put one stamp on your ballot, sign it, and get it back in the mail as soon as possible! Or drop it off  at any of these locations. Didn’t get your ballot in the mail? See the next section.

If you didn’t get a ballot in the mail
Check your registration status–there’s a chance its on its way. If it’s not, here are your options: If you don’t have a CO license or ID card, plan to go in person to any voter service and polling center in Boulder County.

Vote in person
Early voting started Monday, October 28th. Vote any day but Sunday between October 28th and November 5th at any Voter Service and Polling Center in Boulder County. You’ll need a valid ID to vote in person–like a Colorado license or ID card, a student ID, a US passport, or a pay stub or utility bill that has your name & address on it. See the full list here.

Still have questions?
Visit, call the voter hotline: 866-OUR-VOTE, or email us:

More reasons to vote NO on 310

310 kills our clean energy goals
310 is a more radical version of TABOR, the policy that has de-funded Colorado’s education system and public services. Backers aim to do the same to Boulder’s clean energy future and tie us to dirty coal for decades. The consultants behind 310 have a history of running campaigns to defeat clean energy policies statewide and locally in Longmont.

310 is deceptive
310 was written by Xcel’s political consultants to deceive voters into protecting Xcel’s estimated $35 million/per year in profits from Boulder. It’s an impossible “catch-22” restriction with the intention of killing our community’s clean energy goals.

310 is unnecessary
Voters already implemented strict requirements for the city’s electric utility: rates and reliability must meet or beat Xcel’s while significantly expanding renewables.

310 is anti-democratic
310 represents how multi-billion dollar corporations like Xcel undermine our democracy to protect profits. 310 would overturn voters’ decisions from previous elections.

A few more reasons to vote NO

  • 29 other cities in Colorado have been successfully running their own local power utilities for years- including Fort Collins, Colorado Springs, and Longmont. On average, they have LOWER rates and BETTER reliability!
  • Boulder’s municipalization process has built-in protections. The city is only allowed to create a municipal electric utility if it is shown to increase renewables, provide the same or better reliability, and provide the same or better rates compared to Xcel. We only will move forward to create our own utility ONLY if we get clean energy for cheaper than Xcel’s dirty energy.
  • The City of Boulder actually has one of the most carbon-intensive energy supplies in the country. In order to get more renewable energy, we need the local control to make our own decisions about where our energy comes from.

The ballot measure language

Article XIII of the Charter of the City of Boulder is amended by the addition of the following:
Section 188. Limitations on debt.
(a) Before the electric utility enterprise issues any debt, voters must approve the amount of the utility’s debt limit and the total cost of debt repayment that the utility will incur, both to be stated in dollars in any ballot question; and
(b) The utility’s service area shall not extend to areas outside the city limits unless registered electors in those areas are permitted to vote in these debt limit and repayment cost elections; and
(c) Such elections shall be held on the dates of general municipal elections; and
(d) Any brokerage fees for managing any sale of bonds or other indebtedness shall be limited to 1% of proceeds.