Colorado's Platte River Power Seeking Solar Power (Ind. Report)
Platte River Power Authority
The Fort Collins, Colorado-based utility Platte River Power Authority has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for as much as 150 MW of additional solar PV power generating capacity before current tax credits end December 31, 2023.
The not-for-profit wholesale electricity generation and transmission provider plans to ink a PPA with the winner of the RfP for a term of between 15 years and 25 years. The new solar park should be hooked to Platte River's transmission system in the northern part of the state or substations located near any of its four owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont or Loveland. Interested bidders can submit proposals by October 25, 2019. The result of the process is seen to be announced by the end of the year.
(Source: Platte River Power Authority, Renewables Now, 3 Oct., 2019) Contact: Platte River Power Authority, 970-226-4000, www.prpa.org
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Platte River Power Plans Zero Carbon Emissions by 2030 (Ind Report)
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The Fort Collins, Colorado-based nonprofit utility Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) board of directors reports it has committed to a Resource Diversification Policy of zero carbon emissions and increased renewable energy sources by 2030.
In 2017, the utility released a zero-net carbon report showing that the goal of zero net carbon emissions by 2030 was difficult but achievable.
According to the new policy, the following advancements in renewable energy need to occur for PRPA to achieve 100 pct non-carbon resources by 2030:
An organized regional market must exist with Platte River as an active participant;
Battery storage performance must mature and the costs must decline;
Utilization of storage solutions to include thermal, heat, water and end user available storage;
Transmission and distribution infrastructure investment must be increased;
Improved distributed generation resource performance;
Technology and capabilities of grid management systems must advance and improve;
Advanced capabilities and use of active end user management systems;
Generation, transmission and distribution rate structures must facilitate systems integration.
(Source: PRPA, Rocky Mountain Collegian, 21 Jan., 2019)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000, www.prpa.org
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Longmont Growing Sustainable Business Program (Ind. Report)
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The Colorado city of Longmont -- pop. 94,400 -- is touting its Sustainable Business Program
for saving Longmont businesses millions of dollars by upgrading water and electrical appliances and other environmentally sustainable practices. The city is now launching a 5-month pilot program aimed at connecting more small and minority-owned businesses to cost-reducing green initiatives.
While the pilot program will be open to all businesses, Longmont officials are hoping to spread the $3.2 million-worth of benefits received by the city's commercial power customers in the last two years to more small and minority-owned workplaces.
Those savings were realized by Longmont businesses through rebates on 530 energy-efficiency improvement projects completed over the past two years through the Efficiency Works program, which is offered in Platte River Power Authority's four member cities -- Longmont, Loveland, Fort Collins and Estes Park.
The Efficiency Works' rebate programs use funding from the power provider and member municipal utilities for rebates on projects such as converting lighting to LED bulbs, installing high-efficiency air conditioning and heating systems and improving refrigeration systems.
The program also encourages urges waste diversions, water use reduction and environmentally sustainable employee transportation recommended by Boulder County's Partners for a Clean Environment (PACE) program.
Throughout Boulder County from 2010 through 2017, the county-funded PACE program has recorded more than $21 million in private investments, matched by $4.3 million in rebates from PACE, toward upgrading the electrical, water, lighting, heating, cooling and waste systems of 1,409 businesses, including 365 in Longmont.
(Source: City of Longmont, Longmont Times Call, Other, 24 Oct., 2018)Contact: Platte River Power Authority, (970) 226-4000, www.prpa.org; City of Longmont, www.longmontcolorado.gov
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Platte River Seeks Solar, Energy Storage Proposals (Ind. Report)
In Fort Collins, Colorado, nonprofit utility Platte River Power Authority has issued a request for proposals (RfP) for at least 20MW of solar PV systems and up to 5MWh of battery energy storage for its power mix in Colorado. The projects must connect to Platte River's transmission systems, such as the substation for its 280MW coal-fired power plant known as the Rawhide Energy station.
The deadline for proposals is 30 March.
Presently, 30 pct of Platte River's power is sourced from wind, solar and other carbon-free energy sources. In January, the utility entered into a 150MW wind PPA that will raise that percentage to 48 pct.
Platte River is also considering long-term PPAs for solar projects that are expected to come online between June 2019 and the end of 2021.
(Source: Platte River, Energy Storage, 27 Feb., 2018) Contact: Platte River Power Authority, Jason Frisbie, CEO, (970) 220-4000, www.prpa.org
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