Sources of Electricity
Platte River uses several sources of electricity generation capacity to meet its wholesale obligations to its four owner municipalities including: the coal-fired Rawhide Energy Station Unit 1; five natural gas-fired combustion turbines–Units A, B, C, D and F at the Rawhide site; the Medicine Bow Wind Project, Silver Sage Windpower Project, and Spring Canyon Wind Energy Center; the coal-fired Yampa Project near Craig, Colorado, (Platte River owns 18 percent of Units 1 and 2; federal hydropower delivered via purchase from Western Area Power Administration; and purchases from the wholesale electricity market in the region.
- Rawhide Unit One (coal)–280 MW
- Rawhide Units A, B, C, D, F (natural gas)–388 MW
- Yampa Project (coal)–154 MW
- Federal Hydropower–90 MW
- Medicine Bow Wind Project–6 MW
- Silver Sage Windpower Project–12 MW
- Spring Canyon Expansion Wind Energy Center–60 MW
- Total Capacity–990 MW
Energy Delivered to Platte River’s Four Municipalities in 2014–Proportions by Source:
- Coal 74.2%
- Hydropower 19.1%
- Wind Power and Renewable Energy Certificates 4.8%
- Unspecified Purchases 1.7%
- Natural Gas 0.2%
Certificates (RECs): Renewable energy certificates represent the title
to environmental benefits associated with energy produced from a renewable
energy generation facility and are sold separately from the electricity commodity.
RECs are combined with energy produced by Platte River’s other resources
to form a more affordable renewable energy product (see Renewable Energy in Glossary).