Platte River Power Authority
Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) is a not-for-profit wholesale electricity generation and transmission provider that delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and competitively priced energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland, Colorado for delivery to their utility customers.
Platte River’s Headquarters is located in Fort Collins and its generation and transmission facilities are located along Colorado’s Front Range and in northwestern Colorado.
To learn more about PRPA visit: www.prpa.org
Longmont 's renewable energy is purchased from Platte River Power Authority. Platte River acquires renewable energy from a variety of sources, including
- Wind energy generated at the Spring Canyon Wind Project, owned and operated by Invenergy Wind, LLC. Platte River has a purchased power agreement through 2039.
- Solar energy generated at the Rawhide Flats Solar facility, owned and operated by PSEG Solar Source. Platte River has a purchased power agreement through 2036.
- Wind energy generated at the Medicine Bow (Wyoming) Wind Project, owned and operated by Medicine Bow Wind, LLC. Platte River has a purchased power agreement through 2036.
- Wind energy generated at the Medicine Bow (Wyoming) Wind Project, owned and operated by Medicine Bow Wind, LLC.. Platte River has purchased a power agreement through 2033.
- Wind energy generated at the Silver Sage (Wyoming) Wind Project, owned and operated by Duke Energy. Platte River contracts for 12 MW of wind energy from Silver Sage.
- Renewable energy produced by Platte River resources combined with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind and landfill gas facilities owned by other utilities
Hydro Electric Plant
Since 1912, LPC has owned and operated a 500 kW hydroelectric Plant located just west of Lyons, Colorado. The plant is one of the first public power projects in Colorado, and it continues to serve its original purpose today. Each year the plant helps offset up to $173,000 in purchased power costs, benefitting LPC customers. Today, the plant contains two 250 kW generators driven by Pelton turbines. Both generators running together could supply 150-175 homes or two buildings the size of a typical retail store. Presently, the generators support about 0.5% of the entire city's electrical needs as compared to 100% in 1912.
In 1987, the U.S. Department of the Interior entered the Longmont Hydroelectric Plant on the National Register of Historic Places. On January 5, 2012, the plant reached its first century in full operation serving the Longmont community.