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 LWP 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.
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, LWP will voluntarily be above the RES at 12.8% renewable energy.
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.
Current Renewable Energy Projects
1. Foothills Solar Field and Substation
During the flood of the Big Thompson River in September 2013, the City of Loveland sustained significant damage to the Idylwilde hydroelectric facility. The Idylwilde Dam suffered damage to the super structure and the reservoir was completely filled in with silt, sediment and cobbles. Approximately 2,000 feet of the penstock pipe that ran adjacent to the Big Thompson River was destroyed. The Power House was flooded which compromised the electrical equipment within the facility.
On January 15, 2015, at Council’s direction, LWP submitted two project scopes for the fixed sub-grant of $9,068,018 awarded by FEMA from the damage sustained to the Idylwilde Dam and penstock. One project scope was for the construction of a substation and the second was for the construction of a solar facility (3.5 MW) on the same site. The project scopes were approved by the State and FEMA on March 12, 2015. The project was completed at the end of August 2017.
Fuel Type: Solar photovoltaic
Net Capacity: 3.5 MW - capable of generating enough electricity to power approximately 809 homes
Commercial Operations: December 6, 2016
Total Number of Solar modules: 10,332 - single-axis tracking system
Facility Size: 19 acres
Location: West 29th Street & Rio Blanco Ave. - west of Mehaffey Park
View Live Solar Field Production
- 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
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.
How much electricity does the average home in Northern Colorado use?
Answer: 669 kWh per month
(Source: LWP annual fact sheet)
|An average Northern Colorado home using 669 kilowatt-hours of electricity per month would spend an additional $19.60 per month for seven blocks of GreenSwitch renewable energy.|
Whether you're a resident, small business or large corporation, all customers that purchase electricity from the City of Loveland can make the switch to clean, renewable energy!
When you make the switch, you are supporting an alternative to fossil fuels.
GreenSwitch is sold in 100 kilowatt-hours blocks. For each block of GreenSwitch energy that you purchase, $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.
Where does GreenSwitch energy come from?
Renewable energy is harnessed from the natural power of the wind, to create an energy source that is useful in our everyday lives. It could come from solar, wind turbines, geothermal, biomass generation or small hydroelectric systems.
Currently, Loveland receives its renewable energy for GreenSwitch from 100% wind.
For a complete list of the resources included in GreenSwitch view the Prospective Product Content Label. To see what customers received last year, view the Historical Product Content Label. GreenSwitch Product Content Label
Prices, Terms & Conditions
GreenSwitch is Green-e Energy certified, and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the nonprofit Center for Resource Solutions. Learn more at www.green-e.org.
To calculate the number of blocks of renewable energy that you can buy to cover your use, add up the amount of electricity you used over the past 12 months, and divide by 12. For example, you used 8,625 kilowatt-hours in one year for an average of 718 kilowatt-hours a month. Divide by 100 to determine the number of blocks (7 blocks) you should purchase.
Connect your photovoltaic system or other generation system to the Loveland power grid. These systems are known as "self-generation or distributed generation" because they create electricity on the customer side of the meter, are distributed throughout the service area and are interconnected to the electric grid.
Please visit the City of Loveland Building Division's Solar Photovoltaic Systems Checklist (PDF)
Loveland Water and Power general requirementsAll systems must meet the City's
- Interconnection Standards (PDF) - Requirements for Electric Service. Please call 970-962-3557 for information.
- Interconnection Agreement (PDF)
All distributed generation systems must fill out the Request for Electrical Service Form
Submit completed form to PowerDevelopment@cityofloveland.org.
Projects must be approved by Loveland Water and Power before they are connected to the electric grid.
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