Longmont has set a goal of generating more than 50% of its energy from non-carbon sources by the year 2022, and 100% of its energy from renewable sources by the year 2030, while still providing reliable and affordable electricity to the community. To meet this ambitious goal, LPC and its wholesale power provider, Platte River Power Authority, have already taken several steps, including:
- Contracting for 150 megawatts of wind energy, with an option for a further 75 megawatts, to be completed in 2020.
- Taking bids on 20 megawatts of solar energy and 5 megawatts of battery capacity.
With this, Longmont expects to have nearly 50% of its power come from renewable energy by the year 2020, with further steps to come.
- In December 2017, Platte River presented a “zero-net carbon” model showing how its renewable energy portfolio could be drastically expanded by 2030.
- In that same month, Mayor Brian Bagley issued a proclamation calling for 100% renewable energy by 2030.
- The City Council issued its own 100% renewable energy resolution in January 2018, setting both the 2022 and the 2030 goals.
Did you know?
- That in 1998, Platte River became the first utility in the region to offer wind energy to Colorado customers?
- That Platte River produces a greater percentage of its energy from renewables than any other Colorado wholesaler?
- That you can support renewable energy by participating in LPC's Renewable Power Purchase Program?