Platte River Power Authority has contracts for approximately 198 MW of carbon-free resources for delivery to our four owner municipalities. Currently, carbon-free resources are produced using wind, hydropower, and solar assets. Starting in fall 2016, Platte River diversified its power production portfolio further by adding 30 MW of solar power at Rawhide Flats Solar.

Platte River contracts with third parties to provide the following capacities of carbon-free resources at each facility:

Medicine Bow Wind Project

Medicine Bow
Wind Project
Wind

Silver Sage Windpower Project

Silver Sage
Windpower Project
Wind

Spring Canyon Wind_Energy Center

Spring Canyon Wind
Energy Center
Wind

Federal _Hydropower

Federal
Hydropower
Hydropower

Rawhide Flats Solar

Rawhide
Flats Solar
Solar

Carbon-free resources as of 2017

Total 198 MW

The Rawhide Flats Solar project, completed in fall 2016, provides an additional 30 MW; this means an increase of about 18 percent in carbon-free resources.

By 2017, 29 percent — nearly one-third of Platte River’s generation — will come from carbon-free resources

Carbon-free resources will be capable of powering approximately 110,000 homes within Platte River Power’s owner municipalities.

Carbon-free energy provided to Platte River's owner municipalities

Note: actual energy production shown through 2016: forecast through 2017

Platte River also meets the growing carbon-free resource needs of its owner municipalities by purchasing Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from other wind and carbon-free generation facilities in the region.

By purchasing RECs, Platte River supports development of carbon-free resources at the most cost-effective generation facilities in the region, without incurring added costs of transmitting the energy to our system. The generation facilities receive revenue from the sale of RECs, allowing them to sell their high-cost carbon-free resources at a rate competitive with fossil-fuel-powered generation in their area. At the same time, the generation facilities agree to yield all claims to the benefits of carbon-free generation (for example, emission reductions) to Platte River.

Continued acceptance of carbon-free resources by Platte River’s owner municipalities depends on customer confidence in its product. For that reason, Platte River sought and obtained Green-e Energy certification from the Center for Resource Solutions. The Center is

a national non-profit organization that designs and operates programs that support the increased supply and use of carbon-free resources.

Green-E Certified
Green-e Energy is the nation’s leading independent carbon-free resource certification and verification program. Green-e Energy certification assures consumers that the carbon-free resources they purchase meets stringent environmental and consumer-protection standards. Furthermore, it assures that the organizations supplying this certified energy can demonstrate, on an annual basis, that they have generated or purchased enough carbon-free resources to meet customer demand and to substantiate their related marketing claims.

To sign up for carbon-free resources, click on your community below:

Town of Estes Park

Town of Estes Park
(Green-e Energy certified)

City of Fort Collins

City of Fort Collins
(Green-e Energy certified)

City of Longmont

City of Longmont
(Green-e Energy certified)

City of Loveland

City of Loveland
(Green-e Energy certified)