Utility energy program recognizes customers for saving energy and reducing carbon footprint

Northern Colorado residents and business owners are helping the region’s energy transition

FORT COLLINS, Colo., – A regional utility collaboration in Northern Colorado recently calculated results for 2023, reporting that about 1,700 homes and 500 businesses collectively reduced carbon emissions by more than 6,800 tons through various programs and initiatives, based on U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s emission rates for the Rocky Mountain region.

Efficiency WorksTM is a collaboration of utility efficiency programs for Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, and is managed by Platte River Power Authority, the wholesale electricity provider for these communities. Over the last decade, Efficiency Works programs have invested nearly $80 million in the owner communities by offering carbon reduction incentives, home and business assessments, energy advising and more.

“I'm proud of the significant strides made by Efficiency Works in 2023,” says Raj Singam Setti, chief operating officer for innovation and resource strategy integration. “Through collaboration with our owner communities, we have incentivized residences and businesses to reduce energy consumption and carbon emissions while reinvesting millions in our owner communities over the past decade.”

Efficiency Works expanded offerings in 2023 beyond traditional energy efficiency programs to help customers contribute to the region’s energy transition. This expansion included shifting residential initiatives toward building electrification to help customers transition from natural gas to electricity for heating purposes. They also expanded customer information on electric vehicles (EVs) and introduced an EV public charger incentive for commercial customers.

Further, Efficiency Works programs and staff increased their focus on serving income-qualified customers through innovative partnerships, resulting in a 3.5-fold increase in available funds for investment in vulnerable households.

Since Platte River’s owner communities combined efforts to form Efficiency Works in 2014, commercial and residential customers have reduced their electric usage by more than 215,000 megawatt hours, equivalent to the average annual energy consumption of nearly 25,000 homes in the owner communities or reducing carbon emission by over 113,000 tons.

Successful programs from 2023 will serve as the foundation for customer programs in 2024, creating opportunities to help customers integrate distributed energy resources and technologies into the virtual power plant (VPP) that is currently under development. The VPP is a key part of Platte River’s plan to maintain the reliability of an increasingly renewable energy portfolio.

“Last year's expansion into building electrification and enhanced focus on serving income-qualified customers demonstrates our commitment to sustainability and equity,” adds Singam Setti. “Looking ahead, we remain dedicated to guiding customers toward efficient energy usage and embracing emerging technologies like EVs, ensuring a greener, more resilient energy future.”

Efficiency Works programs are available to residential or commercial customers of Estes Park Power and Communications, Fort Collins Utilities, Longmont Power & Communications and Loveland Water and Power. To learn more about how you can participate, contact your utility or visit www.EfficiencyWorks.org.

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Efficiency Works

Efficiency Works is a regional utility collaboration that provides guidance and resources to enable customers to use energy effectively, work toward a noncarbon energy future and build strong, resilient communities for customers served by Platte River Power Authority and its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.

Platte River Power Authority

Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit, community-owned public power generation and transmission utility that provides safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado, for delivery to their utility customers.

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