The Colorado Public Utilities Commission on Thursday issued its 90-page written decision outlining the next steps Boulder needs to take in its years-long effort to divorce the city from Xcel Energy Inc.

The written decision lays out the “path forward” the PUC’s three commissions discussed following days of hearings in August. The commissioners granted some things that Boulder wanted, denied others and set conditions on other elements.

While the commissioners were careful to give Boulder a path to follow, it’s not clear how wide that path will prove to be.

The PUC said the decision to grant a portion of the city’s request — with conditions — rested on the state agency’s two “primary considerations.”

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