Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit public power utility that generates reliable, financially sustainable and environmentally responsible electricity for our owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. You might not have heard of us, but we’ve partnered with electric utilities in our four communities to provide you with dependable power since 1973.
Anticipating future growth in the population of northern Colorado, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland came together to establish a new organization to meet their power needs. The result was the Platte River Power Authority. Today, we provide wholesale electric generation and transmission for:
Utility: Estes Park Power
Utility: Fort Collins Utilities
Utility: Longmont Power
Utility: Loveland Water
As we commemorate this important milestone, we’re planning for the next 50 years. Ensuring we continue to provide your family with safe, reliable power means investing in innovative, diverse sources of energy and partnering with the community at each step of the way. And as always, our foundational pillars will guide us as we chart a path forward:
Providing a highly reliable supply of power to our owner communities
Achieving noncarbon energy goals and protecting our natural resources
Managing financial risks, providing stable, competitive wholesale rates that generate adequate cash flow and maintain access to low-cost capital
Where we’ve been is just as important as where we’re headed. As we celebrate 50 years of giving you the power, we’re taking a look back at the people and milestones that have helped make us an energy leader since 1973.
Going forward, we’ve set an aggressive goal to pursue a 100% noncarbon energy mix. We’ll accomplish this by investing in wind, solar and new technologies, retiring coal resources, and in the immediate future, bringing up to an additional 400 MW of solar power online by 2025. We’ve also developed a distributed energy resource (DER) strategy, with help from our owner communities and their customers. But there’s still more work to do before we can reach our goals. Learn about the future of your energy by reading our Strategic Plan and Integrated Resource Plan.
Take control of your electricity use with Efficiency Works. Learn how to make your home or business more energy efficient, find available rebates and locate service providers to complete upgrades. Visit EfficiencyWorks.org for more information, or check the latest news on our website. Interested in what sources make up our current energy production mix? View real-time generation data.
We’re glad you asked. The bison in our logo is a reminder that responsibly operated generation facilities like ours can coexist peacefully with wildlife when proper care is taken. We’ve deemed them our environmental ambassadors. Today, two herds of American bison reside at our Rawhide Energy Station, where they’re taken care of by our staff.