Platte River to provide update on resource plan

Second round of community listening sessions scheduled

FORT COLLINS, Colo., October 9, 2019 – Platte River will host a second round of community listening sessions to update residents and businesses on the status of the organization’s 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).

The IRP is produced every five years and provides a roadmap for how energy will be generated in the future and delivered to Platte River’s owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. While a range of generation resources are evaluated, the plan will focus on identifying noncarbon resources in response to direction provided by Platte River’s Board of Directors to pursue a 100% noncarbon energy mix by 2030.

“We are committed to evaluating noncarbon energy sources while maintaining our core pillars to provide reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable electricity to our owner communities,” said Jason Frisbie, general manager and CEO of Platte River. “As a public power provider, understanding the needs and wants of our owner communities is critical to our resource planning process and I look forward to sharing our progress.”

Currently, about 30% of the energy delivered to Platte River’s owner communities comes from noncarbon sources. That number will increase to approximately 50% by 2021 with the addition of 225 MW of wind power and 22 MW of new solar (plus battery storage) capacity.

The community meeting will feature a summary of resource modeling scenarios, a discussion of key assumptions and results from various impact studies including market analysis, regional economic analysis and distributed energy resources (DER) potential, among others. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions of a panel of representatives from Platte River and each community’s utility and offer feedback after the presentation.

Following is a complete schedule of events:

DateLocation/addressTime
Oct. 16Longmont Museum, Stewart Auditorium
400 Quail Road, Longmont
6–9 p.m.
Oct. 17Rialto Theater Center, Devereaux Room
228 E. 4th Street, Loveland
6–9 p.m.
Oct. 23Ridgeline Hotel, Ballroom/Salon F
101 S. Saint Vrain Avenue, Estes Park
6–9 p.m.
Oct. 24Senior Center, Prairie Sage I & II
1200 Raintree Drive, Fort Collins
(Fort Collins’ Our Climate Future community conversation precedes at 4:30 p.m.)
6–9 p.m.

For those unable to attend in person, Platte River will stream the event live from its Facebook page. Residents can also visit Platte River’s IRP microsite to learn more and review key documents associated with the IRP as they become available.

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Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit wholesale electricity generation and transmission provider that delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainble energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado for delivery to their utility customers.