Platte River became the first utility in the region to provide wind energy to Colorado customers in 1998. Its wind power portfolio is currently comprised of three separate power purchase agreements with a combined generating capacity of 78 megawatts, emanating from three wind farms located in northern Colorado and Wyoming.
In mid-2017, the Platte River board directed staff to seek proposals to add up to 50 MW of new wind power capacity as part of its strategy to diversify resources while balancing financial and environmental interests. Many of the proposals featured wind power at attractive rates and Platte River’s leadership determined that significant additions could be made to its system without impacting reliability.
In January 2018, Platte River decided to purchase energy from a proposed 150 MW wind farm located less than 10 miles north of Platte River’s Rawhide Energy Station. Enyo Renewable Energy’s subsidiary, Roundhouse Renewable Energy, will construct up to 75 wind turbines across approximately 14,000 acres of land as well as the additional transmission capacity needed to bring the carbon-free energy to Platte River’s four communities.