Platte River Power Authority has contracts for approximately 198 megawatts of noncarbon resources with 186 megawatts for delivery to our four owner communities. Currently, noncarbon 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 noncarbon 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

*As of October 2018, Silver Sage RECs and associated energy have been sold and cannot be claimed as a renewable resource by Platte River or its owner communities.

** As of the Roundhouse wind project’s commercial operation date, Spring Canyon RECs and associated energy will have been sold and cannot be claimed as a renewable resource by Platte River or its owner communities, until its return to Platte River’s system on June 1, 2030.

Noncarbon resources as of 2019

In 2019, approximately 30% of the energy Platte River delivered to its owner communities will come from noncarbon resources.

In early 2019, Platte River signed a purchase power agreement for an additional 20 MW of solar generating capacity, along with battery storage capabilities. Platte River will also purchase all the energy from a proposed 150 MW wind farm to be built in 2020.

As of October 2018, Silver Sage RECs and associated energy have been sold and cannot be claimed as a renewable resource by Platte River or its owner communities.

Wind and solar energy provided to Platte River's owner communities

 
Since 1998, Platte River has provided noncarbon energy to its owner communities in response to their customers’ desire for it. Customers who wish to support and use noncarbon energy energy can sign up through their community to receive a portion or all of their energy from noncarbon energy sources for a small fee that covers the added cost of the noncarbon energy energy compared to the traditional generation it replaces.

Since Platte River follows strict industry guidelines for this program, customers can be assured that the noncarbon energy they purchase is generated above and beyond the amount needed to meet state or federal mandates. In addition, the noncarbon energy programs offered by Estes Park, Fort Collins and Loveland are certified under the Green-e Energy Certification Program, a program managed by 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 noncarbon resources.

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

To sign up for noncarbon 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 Loveland

City of Loveland
(Green-e Energy certified)