Sources of Electricity
Platte River uses several sources of electricity generation capacity to meet its wholesale obligations to its four owner municipalities including: (1) the coal-fired Rawhide Energy Station Unit 1, (2) five natural gas-fired combustion turbines–Units A, B, C, D and F at the Rawhide site, (3) the Medicine Bow Wind Project and the Silver Sage Windpower Project, (4) the coal-fired Yampa Project near Craig, Colorado, (Platte River owns 18 percent of Units 1 and 2, (5) federal hydropower delivered via purchase from Western Area Power Administration and (6) 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–136 MW
- Medicine Bow Wind Project–6 MW
- Silver Sage Windpower Project–12 MW
- Spring Canyon Wind Energy Center–32.5 MW
- Total Capacity–1,008.5 MW
Energy Delivered to Platte River’s Four Municipalities in 2013–Proportions by Source:
- Coal 75.4%
- Hydropower 18.9%
- Wind Power and Renewable Energy Certificates 3.6%
- Unspecified Purchases 1.3%
- Natural Gas 0.8%
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).