Renewable Energy Purchase Program

Estes Park Offers a Renewable Energy Option

Did you know that you can choose to switch to 100% renewable energy at your home or business today? Through the Renewable Energy Purchase Program (REPP), customers can sign up to purchase 100% carbon-free renewable energy either in 100 kilowatt-hour blocks or to cover their entire electric consumption. The Town of Estes Park has committed to purchasing renewable energy for all municipal buildings for the past seven years.

What is the Renewable Energy Purchase Program (REPP)?
This program enables residential and commercial power customers to purchase energy from clean, renewable sources. When you participate in the REPP, you are supporting an alternative to fossil fuels. With the purchase of renewable energy certificates (RECs), you are buying the renewable attributes (i.e. environmental benefits) of a specific amount and type of renewable energy generation. The purchase of RECs helps reduce conventional electricity generation in the region where the renewable generator is located. With every block you purchase, and with every new customer that participates, more renewable energy will be used to power the grid. Your REC purchase helps build a market for renewable electricity. It also has other local and global environmental benefits, which may include emitting little or no regional air pollution or carbon dioxide.

Where does the REPP energy come from?
Renewable energy is purchased from Platte River Power Authority,  Estes Park's wholesale electricity provider. Platte River acquires renewable energy from a variety of sources, including:

  • Silver Sage Wind Project, owned and operated by Duke Energy. Platte River has purchased a power agreement through 2029.

  • Medicine Bow (Wyoming) Wind Project, owned and operated by Medicine Bow Wind, LLC. Platte River has purchased a power agreement through 2033.

  • Other potential sources of renewable energy:
    • Short term purchases of renewable energy from other sources may be made when the supply of energy from the Silver Sage and Medicine Bow wind projects is not enough to cover demand.
    • Some renewable supply may be sourced as unbundled Renewable Energy Certificates from other regional wind generation.

Refer to the current Product Content Label to see the current mix of renewable energy sources. For comparison, the current average mix of resources supplying Estes Park non-renewable subscribers includes Coal (69.6%), Natural Gas (.5%), Hydroelectric (19.1%), Renewables (8.8%), and Unspecified Purchases (2%). This resource mix was provided to Estes Park by Platte River Power Authority for the year 2016.

Estes Park's Renewable Energy Purchase Program is Green-e Energy certified, and meets the environmental and consumer-protection standards set forth by the non-profit Center for Resource Solutions.

Learn more about the Green-e certification at www.green-e.org and about how renewable energy purchases work in the video below.

How much does the REPP cost?
For residential customers, REPP energy is sold in 100 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks; the cost is added to your regular utility bill. The current cost per block is $2.89. You can buy as many REPP blocks as you need for your specific energy requirement. The average home in the United States uses 909 kWh per month. [Source: US EIA, 2013] Your bill will increase according to the number of REPP blocks you purchase. 
For commercial customers, there is a 500 kWh per month minimum required.

How do I sign up for the REPP?
Customers can sign up for the REPP by completing the form in the brochure and mailing, faxing, or dropping it off in person at the Light & Power Department at Town Hall. For more information, please contact Reuben Bergsten, Utilities Director at 970-577-3583 or via email at rbergsten@estes.org, or Susie Parker, Utilities Administrative Assistant at 970-577-3588 or via email at sparker@estes.org.

What is the time frame of the agreement?
Customers signing up for the REPP commit to purchasing renewable energy for a minimum of one year, starting the month after signing up for the program. Enrollment will continue until the customer cancels their participation. For example, if a customer signs up for the REPP in January it will go into effect in February and the commitment runs through at least the following January. There is no fee for canceling within the year commitment. 

Please refer to the full Prices, Terms, and Conditions for more information.