LPC's Renewable Power Purchase Energy Program
Longmont 's renewable energy is purchased from Platte River Power Authority, our wholesale electricity provider. Platte River acquires renewable energy from a variety of sources, including:
• Wind energy generated at the Medicine Bow (Wyoming) Wind Project, owned and operated by Platte River
• Wind energy generated at the Silver Sage (Wyoming) Wind Project, owned and operated by Platte River
• Renewable energy produced by Platte River resources combined with Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) from wind and landfill gas facilities owned by other utilities
RECs represent the legal right to the environmental benefits associated with replacing one megawatt-hour of energy on the electricity grid (most of which comes from coal and gas in the Rocky Mountain region) with one megawatt-hour of renewable energy.
LPC's voluntary renewable energy is Green-e certified - the energy purchased meets specific environmental and consumer protection standards established by the Center for Resource Solutions.
Renewable energy costs more to generate than traditional sources - about 2.96¢ per kWh. This cost is added to the utility bills of customers who choose to purchase renewable energy.
Where LPC's power comes from
In addition to producing a small portion of electric power from LPC's historic Hydroelectric Plant near Lyons, Colorado, LPC purchases electricity from Platte River Power Authority. The charts below show that power mix:
Energy Mix Information Details
Green-e Energy certifies that LPC’s Renewable Energy meets the minimum environmental and consumer protection standards established by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions. For more information on Green-e Energy certification requirements, call 1-888-63-GREEN or log on to www.green-e.org.
- Electricity in this program is sold in blocks of 100 kWh (residential) and 500 kWh (commercial).
- Your purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) is supporting electricity production OK and WY. For every unit of renewable electricity generated, an equivalent amount of RECs is produced. The purchase of renewable energy and RECs helps offset conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable electricity generator is located. The purchase also helps build a market for renewable electricity and may have other local and global environmental benefits such as reducing global climate change and regional air pollution. For more information about RECs, please visit www.green-e.org.
- Per Green-e Energy requirements, eligible 2013 renewables are generation facilities in operation on or after January 1, 1999. Eligible 2014 renewables are generation facilities in operation on or after January 1, 2000. Green-e Energy also has agreed to certify the renewable energy supply from the Medicine Bow Wind Project, which includes some turbines that began operation in 1998 and 1999. “Other” sources include purchases and power sharing agreements from various resources. These figures reflect the power that we have contracted to provide. Actual 2014 figures may vary based on resource availability.
- The average home in Longmont Power & Communications’ service territory used 744 kWh per month in 2013.