Power & Communications Division

   

Since the earliest days of electric service in the Estes Valley Light & Power has sought to expand to meet the community's needs. In the early days, this meant expanding capacity and service areas beyond the Estes Valley to communities to the north and south. Today, this need is in the area of communications and internet service. Following a unanimous vote of the Town Board at its March 12, 2019 meeting, the Town will begin to launch a community-owned and operated broadband service to the Light & Power service area. Estes Park’s broadband offering will be its own municipal utility, ensuring the same premier level of service and support community members and businesses have come to trust from Estes Park Light & Power.

Over the coming weeks and months, the Light & Power Division will transition to Power & Communications. Updates on the new Broadband utility can be found on the website.

The Power & Communications Division serves about 11,000 customers covering an area of 350 square miles - south on Highway 7 through Meeker Park, Allenspark, Ferncliff and Pine Valley to mile marker 18.75, north along County Road 43 through Glen Haven and the Retreat to mile marker 11, and east on Highway 34 to mile marker 72, and Highway 36 to mile marker 7. The area is bordered on the west by Rocky Mountain National Park.

 

Electric Service

Estes Park is one of four community owners of the Platte River Power Authority, joining the cities of Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins in this endeavor. Platte River Power Authority, a non-profit entity, purchases or generates all of the energy needed to power these communities. Carbon-free hydropower from the Colorado Big Thompson project and renewable energy from wind projects in Wyoming comprise nearly 30% of the energy portfolio.
 
In May 2018, Estes Park Light & Power received a Gold “reliable public power provider” designation by the American Public Power Association. This “RP3” designation certifies that Estes Park Light & Power has demonstrated leading practices in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. Light & Power takes pride in powering Estes Park, Glen Haven, and Allenspark because our customers are not only our owners, but also our neighbors. As a community-owned, not-for-profit utility, our focus is squarely on the customer. The prestigious RP3 designation indicates that our service meets high industry standards. 

The RP3 designation is good for three years, but we’re not resting on our laurels. We continue to look for ways we can improve service to the community. We’re all ears when it comes to suggestions from our customers. Visit the Electric Projects pages to learn more about our ongoing efforts to improve the quality and reliability of our electric service.


TO REPORT POWER OUTAGES, PLEASE CALL 970-586-5335

Customers may also report outages through this form

Before calling, Light & Power asks customers to check their breaker switches.
 
To report a non-emergency issue such as a street light or power pole issue, please submit this form; contact Sarah Clark, Administrative Assistant, at 970-577-3627 or sclark@estes.org; or Joe Lockhart, Line Superintendent, 970-577-3613 or jlockhart@estes.org. Contact Sarah Clark to initiate service for new construction.
 
Contact:
Power & Communications Shop
615 Elm Road
Mailing Address:  P.O. Box 1200
Estes Park, CO 80517