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Where does Loveland Water and Power’s electricity come from?

Platte River Power Authority is the not-for-profit wholesale electricity generation and transmission provider that delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible, and competitively priced energy and services to Loveland Water and Power for delivery to its customers. The City of Loveland co-owns Platte River with the cities of Fort Collins and Longmont and the Town of Estes Park. 

Platte River uses several sources of electricity generation capacity to meet its wholesale obligations to Loveland and its four owner municipalities. For more information, visit Platte River's website.

Future Resource Mix:

The Colorado Renewable Energy Standard (RES) applies to utilities serving more than 40,000 customers and requires 10% renewable energy by 2020. With less than 40,000 customers, Loveland is not mandated by the RES. In 2017, Loveland Water and Power will voluntarily be above the RES at 12.8% renewable energy.

Current Programs:

Self-Generation
Customers who own, operate and maintain their own generation equipment have the option for interconnection with the Loveland electric grid. Excess energy produced and delivered to the utility will be credited based on the current Self-Generation Rate.

Renewable Energy Purchase Program - GreenSwitch
All customers that purchase electricity from Loveland Water and Power can make the switch to clean, renewable energy. GreenSwitch energy is sold in 100 kilowatt-hours blocks. For each block of GreenSwitch energy purchased, $2.80 will be added to your monthly utility bill. You can purchase as many GreenSwitch energy blocks as needed for your specific energy requirement. Currently, Loveland receives its renewable energy for GreenSwitch from 100% wind.

Current Renewable Energy Projects:

Foothills Solar

 - Started in April 2016. Commercial Operations December 2016.
 - Substation estimated completion September 2017.
 - 19 acres dedicated to sola.
 - $5.1 million dollars
 - Replaces 900 kW hydroelectric facility destroyed during the 2013 flood with 3.5 MW solar
 - Single axis tracking solar panels
 - 10,332 panels in 149 rows

Rawhide Solar Flats

 - Started in March 2016. Commercial Operations October 2016.
 - 190 acres dedicated to solar
 - 30 MW
 - 117,000 panels
 - Average use of about 8,000 homes

Spring Canyon

In fall 2014, the Spring Canyon Expansion Wind Energy Center, owned and operated by Invenergy Wind LLC, began commercial operation. Platte River contracts for 60 MW of wind energy generated at Spring Canyon, located about 25 miles northeast of Sterling, Colorado.

Community Solar Committee 

In 2015, a Community Solar Committee was formed to design a new customer service program for providing community solar subscriptions to retail electricity customers. The committee is comprised of representatives from Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont, Loveland and Platte River. Currently, the committee is working on completing market research to explore program options and customer preferences. Sign up for the e-newsletter to receive the latest project updates.

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