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What Is Public Power?

Community-owned, not-for-profit public power utilities power homes and businesses in 2,000 communities - from small towns to large cities. They safely provide reliable, low-cost electricity to more than 49 million Americans, while protecting the environment. Public power utilities serve customers in 49 states -all except Hawaii - and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Public power supports local commerce, employs 93,000 people in hometown jobs, and invests more than $2 billion annually directly back into the community.

Most public power utilities have fewer than 4,000 customers, and collectively, these utilities serve 1 in 7 electricity customers across the U.S.

Local Governance and Regulation
Like public schools and libraries, public power utilities are owned by the community and run as a division of local government. These utilities are governed by a local city council or an elected or appointed board. Community citizens have a direct voice in utility decisions and policymaking. Business is conducted in the open and citizens know where their power comes from and how and why decisions affecting their utility bills are made.

In general, a governing body - a city council or independent utility board - has authority over a public power utility's retail rates. In some states, and in certain circumstances, a state regulatory commission may have jurisdiction.
Public power utilities are not-for-profit entities that provide electricity to customers at the lowest rates. Homes powered by these utilities pay nearly 15 percent less than homes powered by private utilities.

Businesses that get electricity from these community-owned utilities also pay less than businesses that get electricity from private utilities.

Customers of public power utilities lose power less often. Customers of a public power utility are likely to be without power for just 59 minutes a year, compared to customers of private utilities that may lose power for 133 minutes a year - provided there are no major adverse events.

Diverse Sources
Public power generates 10 percent of all electricity in the U.S. and distributes - or sells at the retail level - 15 percent of all power flowing to homes and businesses. Public power utilities buy or generate electricity from natural gas, coal, and nuclear, as well as renewable energy sources such as solar, water, and wind.
In several regions, public power utilities can buy wholesale hydropower generated from federal dams at cost and pass the savings on to customers. Across the country, public power utilities buy wholesale electricity and other services through joint action agencies to leverage economies of scale and strength in numbers.

Giving Back
When customers are the utility's shareholders, serving the community is the utility's top priority.
Public power utilities are embedded into the fabric of their communities and support a range of community programs including charitable, educational, and beautification programs. Each dollar of a public power utility employee's paycheck circulates through the community an estimated five times. On average, public power utilities pay 5.6 percent of electric operating revenues back to the community - through taxes, fees, and special services. Public power gives 33 percent more back to the community than private utilities.

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This report provides general information regarding the City's people, housing, and economy. This information is intended to serve as the basis for projections and assumptions in operational and financial plans generated by City departments and divisions. We also hope this report will provide information for citizens, organizations, and businesses outside the City to assist in preparing reports, feasibility studies, market studies, etc. It is intended that access to this central source of information will ensure better consistency in the assumptions and information included in such reports. For example, all documents, plans, web pages, and information disseminated from City departments should quote population numbers or estimates as presented in this report. The report will be updated annually.
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The City of Loveland has been exploring the possibility to bring broadband - or high-speed internet - to the community since 2015. City Council will review final information at the Oct. 23 City Council meeting. This town hall is the last chance to hear directly from City Manager Steve Adams and the broadband team on the project before Oct. 23. We hope you will participate. 

The City of Loveland's broadband team will host a one-hour Town Hall meeting to answer questions about the City's proposed broadband project. City Manager Steve Adams, Brieana Reed-Harmel, City of Loveland senior electrical engineer and broadband project manager, and Loveland Communications Advisory Board vice-chairman Paul Langfield will be available for questions during the town hall. The Town Hall and Telephone Town Hall will be coordinated together, allowing both in-person attendees and telephone attendees to ask questions and get answers during the live event.
October 4 | 6 - 7 p.m. 

Where/How to Participate
There are three ways to participate:

In Person
Join us in person at the City Council Chambers, 500 E. 3rd Street.
In-person attendees can submit written questions to be added to the question queue along with telephone and Facebook listeners.

Sign up to receive a call and join by telephone. At 6 p.m., you will receive a call and you can opt-in to listen. Press keys throughout the call to ask questions or comment on a poll.

Tune in through the City of Loveland's Facebook page and watch a live video of the in-person event. Submit questions through Facebook.



Connect with us online!
We've launched an engagement platform at cityofloveland.org/Broadband to connect all Loveland residents and businesses with our broadband team.

Thank you to all who attended the business appreciation breakfast on September 12, 2018.

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The Big Thompson Canyon Voltage Conversion project requires construction of new overhead power lines that will integrate with existing energized lines and the removal of infrastructure with the intent of converting the canyon circuit to the City standard voltage.

The conversion will improve power quality and system reliability. The project was divided into three construction phases to make the project more manageable and to allow construction to start on phase 1 while phase 2 and 3 were in design. 

Construction of Phase 1 & 2 are both complete. The section of line crossing Ute Pass took longer than expected due to difficult terrain and land use agreements. Crews recently began construction on Phase 3 in the Bartram Park neighborhood.
Phase 1

Covered approximately 11 miles, began at West Substation on Namaqua Road and finished at the City Water Treatment Plant, including County Road 29 and Ellis Ranch Lane.
Infrastructure installed / removed / upgraded:
  • Service locations: 188
  • Transformers: 109
  • Poles: ~500
  • Conductor: over 34 miles 
Phase 2
Covered approximately 7 miles, picks up at the City Water Treatment Plant and continues to just west of the Colorado Cherry Company Store, includes Sylvan Dale Ranch and a traverse over Ute Pass. On June 14th, a helicopter assisted line crews from the City and Power Contracting with setting 8 poles on the west side of Ute Pass which is inaccessible by vehicle.
Infrastructure to be installed / removed / upgraded:
  • Service locations: 72
  • Transformers: 40
  • Poles: ~200
  • Conductor: over 17 mile

Phase 3
Phase 3, approximately 14 miles, will continue from the step-down transformer at the entrance to Bartram Park to the end of our line in Drake and Waltonia.  

Infrastructure to be installed / removed / upgraded:
  • Service locations: 204
  • Transformers: 91
  • Poles: 500+
  • Conductor: over 30 miles

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