Platte River’s Energy Future
Platte River Power Authority (Platte River) - a not-for-profit, wholesale electricity generation and transmission provider - delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and competitively priced energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.
Platte River is governed by an eight-member board of directors comprised of each community’s mayor or designee and a person appointed by each municipality’s governing body. Among its many duties, the eight-member board makes decisions regarding the long-term generating resource mix of Platte River.
In July 2017, the Platte River Board of Directors agreed to model a zero net carbon electric generating resource scenario for all four municipalities and communicate the results of the study to stakeholders and the public. This site contains background regarding the modeling as well as a copy of the final report.
Platte River is a statewide leader in the development and use of carbon-free energy resources.
Platte River was the first utility in the region to provide wind energy to customers in Colorado and has more than tripled its wind and solar supply since 2013. Currently, more than 30 percent of the electricity supplied to Platte River’s owner municipalities comes from carbon-free resources (hydro, wind and solar), which ranks among the highest levels provided by wholesale electric suppliers in the Rocky Mountain Region and is about twice the national average.
Platte River continues to evaluate its generating resource mix and will add more carbon-free energy resources when advantageous opportunities arise, as part of its overall strategy to diversify resources while balancing financial and environmental interests. In September 2016, for example, Platte River announced that Craig (coal-fired) Unit No. 1 will be retired by Dec. 31, 2025. During 2017 Platte River sought proposals for additional wind resources and received several competitive offers.
Carbon-free resources as of 2017
Medicine Bow Wind Project
Silver Sage Windpower Project
Spring Canyon Wind Energy Center
Rawhide Flats Solar
Loveland Area Project (LAP)
Colorado River Storage Project (CRSP)