Platte River believes that organizations should be involved in and contribute to their communities. Platte River values this responsibility, and focuses its community-based efforts in three primary areas:

  • Environmental stewardship
  • Economic vitality
  • Helping persons in need

Employees are encouraged to engage in various volunteer efforts and community outreach programs. Many employees perform independent work towards the betterment of our communities. Platte River also hosts various company-wide events to encourage engagement and involvement to help our local organizations and children. Some of these activities include Arbor Day festivities, Bike-to-Work Day, science fair judging, food and book drives, annual United Way campaigns, educational booths at utility fairs, bike trail clean-ups and classroom edification. Platte River employees and family members also come together during National Volunteer Week in April and on National Make a Difference Day in October to complete projects benefiting local non-profit organizations.

Platte River participates in events promoting activities that benefit the environment and preserve natural resources.

Planting trees
Trees provide shade, improve the quality of our air and provide homes for wildlife. Each year on Arbor Day, Platte River provides funds to its owner communities for trees planted in parks, schools and other public places.

Vendor tents
Platte River encourages use of alternative forms of transportation. On Bike-to-Work Day each June, the utility sponsors a breakfast station at its headquarters in Fort Collins.

Power Trail
Employees collect trash and debris as part of Adopt-a-Trail activities along The Power Trail, a segment of Fort Collins’ network of multi-modal recreation trails.

RMEL Foundation / Platte River Power Authority Roy J. Rohla Memorial Scholarship

Platte River scholarship winner named

For the second consecutive year, Colorado State University student Cameron Dellamano was selected to receive Platte River's Roy J. Rohla Memorial Scholarship.

In its eighth year, the $3,000 scholarship was offered through the RMEL Foundation to support a qualified student pursuing a career in the electric utility industry. Recipients of the scholarship must maintain a strong academic record and have a relationship to Platte River or one of the four owner communities. Dellamano's grandparents, John and Ava Scudder, are former Platte River staff members.

The scholarship is named after Roy J. Rohla who was an electrical engineer and plant manager at Platte River’s Rawhide Energy Station for 20 years.

United Way

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We partner with the United Way of Larimer County to run a campaign that collects donations for reducing poverty within Larimer County. This campaign involves the entire company as we work together to bring about a brighter future for communities within our owner communities. Along with employee donations, Platte River is a United Way Cornerstone Partner. Platte River's annual fundraising campaign aims to generate awareness, raise funds as well as donate volunteer hours.

Group presentations


In-school presentations are available to support science curricula at the 4th grade level and above. Elementary school presentations describe the basics of how electricity is generated using various kinds of resources. Middle School and High School presentations address energy transformation and the economic, environmental and reliability considerations of generating electricity using fossil fuels and noncarbon resources. Content can be customized to meet specific teacher needs.

Community groups

Platte River staff is available to attend group meetings and provide presentations on the utility’s generation and transmission operations as well as the legislative, regulatory, environmental and economic issues facing Platte River and the electricity industry as a whole.

Contact us

Contact us with questions or to schedule a group or in-school presentation