The Platte River Power Authority is a municipally owned utility that services Fort Collins, Estes Park, Loveland, and Longmont, Colorado. In 2018, it made a commitment to use only electricity from zero emissions sources by 2030. This week it took a giant step toward meeting that goal by announcing it will decommission its Rawhide Unit 1 280 MW coal fired generating station in 2030 — 16 years ahead of schedule. PRPA has two other coal generating plants in Craig that will be decommissioned in 2025. Image credit: PRPA The company has been aggressively pursuing renewable energy options and expects half of its electricity will come from renewables by the end of this year. About 225 MW of electricity is being supplied to PRPA by the Roundhouse wind farm in southern Wyoming. In addition, there is a 30 MW solar power plant located on the parcel where Rawhide Unit 1 is located and a 22 megawatt solar installation and battery storage facility are under construction nearby, according to the Denver Post . “Together with our owner communities, we are taking the next steps toward our energy future,” says Jason Frisbie, general manager and CEO of Platte River Power. “Although circumstances […]

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