Rawhide Energy Station

Commercial operation: 1984
Net capacity: 280 MW
Fuel type: coal
Operations: baseload

Operations

  • Platte River’s largest single source of system capacity at 280 net megawatts
  • Used for baseload energy needs
  • Provides approximately half of Platte River’s annual delivered energy
  • One of the highest-performing coal units in the U.S., averaging 97.28% equivalent availability and 85.08% capacity factor (as of May 31, 2020)
  • Reliable fuel supply with close proximity to Powder River Basin coal reserves
  • Will be removed from Platte River's energy mix by Dec. 31, 2029

Financials

  • Platte River’s lowest operating cost generating resource
  • Original debt retired in 2018
  • Long-term rail and fuel contracts
  • Fuel cost volatility mitigated through flexibility of existing contracts

Environmental

  • Uses state-of-the-art air quality control technology to reduce emissions
  • Maintains full compliance with strict environmental laws and regulations
  • Healthy bison and waterfowl habitats at Rawhide demonstrate the ability for nature and industry to share space
  • Water-efficient design utilizes reclaimed water from a domestic wastewater treatment plant
  • No discharge of industrial wastewater from the facility due to beneficial reuse of all process water

Craig units 1 & 2 (Yampa Project)

Commercial operation: Unit 1—1980; Unit 2—1979
Net capacity: 151 MW
Fuel type: coal
Operations: baseload

Operations

  • Platte River's ownership of Craig units 1 and 2 is 18%
  • Operated by Tri-State Generation and Transmission
  • Co-owners include Tri-State Generation and Transmission, Salt River Project, PacifiCorp and Xcel Energy
  • Craig Unit 1 to be removed from Platte River's mix by Dec. 31, 2025
  • Craig Unit 2 to be removed from Platte River mix by Sept. 30, 2028

Financials

  • Platte River’s second-lowest operating cost resource
  • Fuel prices are based on production costs and not subject to market price volatility
  • No debt service
  • Fuel cost volatility mitigated by management of mine production levels and costs through an ownership share of Trapper Mine (27.14%), located adjacent to Craig units 1 and 2

Environmental

  • Upgraded technology to reduce sulfur and particulate emissions
  • Maintains full compliance with strict environmental laws and regulations

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