July 2006 - The City of Loveland (CO) Department of Water and Power announced that it has lowered the price of its green power offering. Under the newly-named GreenSwitch program, customers can now purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind energy for $1.50, or a rate premium of 1.5¢/kWh, down from $2.50/100 kWh, or 2.5¢/kWh, under the old Wind Energy Program. The price reduction results from the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs) from regional wind projects compared to sole reliance on Platte River Power Authority's (PRPA) Medicine Bow wind project. Loveland now sources its wind energy from PRPA at a cost of 1.2¢/kWh; the 0.3¢/kWh price differential is used to cover program marketing and administration costs.
Loveland Water & Power Contact: Mary Wyatt, (970) 962-3566
News Article - Wind Cost Drops
January 2000 - Platte River Power Authority (PRPA) announced plans to add two new 660-kW wind turbines to its Medicine Bow project to meet growing customer demand for green power. The turbines will provide additional power for the wind power programs offered by utilities in Fort Collins, Longmont, and Loveland, Colorado. Some of the power will also be used to supply a new program being developed by the town of Estes Park. The two turbines, expected to be operational this summer, represent the second expansion of the Wyoming project in the past year and will increase the total project capacity to approximately 6 MW.
News Release - PRPA Wind Site to Expand
Estes Park Contact: Mike Mangelsen (970) 586-5331
August 1999 - The City of Loveland Water & Light, which serves about 23,000 accounts, is also offering both residential and business customers the option to purchase 100-kWh blocks of wind power for $2.50/month. The utility began signing up customers earlier this year. As of April, about 215 customers, including 3 businesses, had signed up to purchase 416 blocks, fully subscribing the program. The utility has established a waiting list for other customers.
Loveland Contact: Gail Doxtader (970) 962-3566