Although public utilities for Longmont, Loveland, Estes Park, and Fort Collins have been ahead of schedule, in Pat Connors, VP of Platte River Power, the last 50 percent and in particular the last 10 percent is much more challenging to achieve.
The Platte River Power Authority is set to launch the comprehensive capital strategy which will detail precisely how this aggressive target is to be met by mid-2020. The huge enterprises could be more effective, with only 90 percent or even 80 percent Renewable Energy required. A new study funded by Community Energie and carried out by Christopher Clack of Vibrant Clean Energy, a Boulder based company of software and services that promotes the transition to renewable Energy found out that natural gas could act as a gateway between fossil fuel and going all electric
Eric Blank, co-owner and director of Community Energy, said that the most effective way to go on with this would not be going to 100% electric, or even trying, however, it would be smart to electrify buildings and transport while integrating 80% or 90% of electric modes. He also states that natural gas can help for the foreseeable future as coal plants shut down, and new wind, solar, and storages are built. In the end, it will also be a critical piece of backup power when there wouldn’t be a lot of wind and solar in the winter.
In addition to the 225 MW of new wind turbines at the Roundhouse Wind Energy Centrein south Wyoming and the 222 MW of the Rawhide Energy Station, in the south of Wyoming, it will still have to replace an average 244 MW each day for coal and gas power to achieve 100% renewable energy. That’s sufficient for 195,
To produce this amount of energy with solar, a solar array of 976 acres or 1.5 square miles would be needed. If the PPA wanted to use wind power, eight additional wind turbines would be required, because NextEra Power builds at the Roundhouse Wind Energy Center, whose capital cost is 330 million dollars.
If the plant were installed, a massive amount of energy would be lost due to overproduction if the process generated full power. And while most solar and wind power projects are operated by private enterprises supplying electricity to public services, Platte River had yet to compensate for and would raise its consumers ‘ prices.
While extended battery storage could potentially solve the problem quickly, the technology is currently not yet available. The concern is that the equipment faces significant wear and tear because of the slow decline of the production of its coal-fired power plants.
This post was originally published on The Picayune Current