Index: Environment / Subcategory: Use of Resources / Measure: Wind Energy Consumption

Wind Energy Consumption - Charts

Date updated: 03/19/2013

What this chart shows: Renewable Energy Purchased in Estes Park, 2003-2012

Data Source: Platte River Power Authority (data not available online)

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What the above data tell us:

From 2003 to 2009, wind energy consumption in Estes Park increased by about 1.9 million kWh, or 350%. This increase represents the yearly electricity usage of approximately 161 average U.S. households at 11,800 kWh per year. The increase in the use of renewable energy in Estes Park is due in large part to the staff of the utility department and their willingness to search out grants and other opportunities for marketing renewable energy.

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What this chart shows: Renewable Energy Purchased as a Percentage of Total Electricity Consumption - Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park, 2003-2012

 

 

Data Sources: Platte River Power Authority (data not available online)

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What the above data tell us:

The proportion of wind energy to total electricity consumed increased for all the communities shown between 2003 and 2012. Fort Collins had the biggest increase, with wind energy consumption comprising 0.97% of all electricity consumed in 2003 and 5.21% of all electricity consumed in 2012. In 2006, Fort Collins adopted an energy policy [pdf] that provides all customers with a mix of renewable and nonrenewable energy.

During this same time, wind energy consumed in Loveland increased from 0.15% of total consumption to 0.94% of total consumption. Wind energy consumed in Estes Park also increased during this time, from 0.48% of total electricity consumption in 2003 to 2.00% of total electricity consumption in 2012. (For more on total electricity consumption, see Electricity Consumption.)

All three communities have seen slight decreases in the percentage of renewable energy purchased from Platte River Power Authority since the peak in 2009.

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Data Tables:

Wind Energy Purchased in Estes Park

Year

Megawatt-hours (MWh) Purchased

2003

547

2004

702

2005

842

2006

994

2007

961

2008

1,461

2009

2,461

2010

2,461

2011

2,461

2012

2,461

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Wind Energy Purchased as a Percentage of Total Electricity Consumption - Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park

Year

Fort Collins

Total Electricity Consumption (MWh)

Fort Collins Wind Energy Purchased

(MWh)

Fort Collins Wind Energy as % of Total Electricity

Loveland Total Electricity Consumption (MWh)

Loveland Wind Energy Purchased (MWh)

Loveland Wind Energy as % of Total Electricity

2003

1,329,622

12,878

0.97%

589,283

904

0.15%

2004

1,349,613

31,400

2.33%

563,176

934

0.17%

2005

1,401,059

31,499

2.25%

600,985

1,019

0.17%

2006

1,404,784

45,600

3.25%

625,499

1,773

0.28%

2007

1,442,310

93,000

6.45%

653,738

4,700

0.72%

2008

1,429,797

93,000

6.50%

691,547

6,000

0.87%

2009

1,404,529

95,000

6.76%

642,783

7,075

1.10%

2010

1,442,741

96,000

6.65%

670,567

6,500

0.97%

2011

1,446,604

96,000

6.64%

691,253

6,600

0.95%

2012

1,458,006

76,000

5.21%

715,086

6,700

0.94%

Wind Energy Purchased as a Percentage of Total Electricity Consumption -

Fort Collins, Loveland, and Estes Park (table continued)

Year

Estes Park Total Electricity Consumption (MWh)

Estes Park Wind Energy Purchased

(MWh)

Estes Park Wind Energy as % of Total Electricity

2003

114,644

547

0.48%

2004

114,857

702

0.61%

2005

120,099

842

0.70%

2006

124,415

994

0.80%

2007

125,338

961

0.77%

2008

127,932

1,461

1.14%

2009

126,229

2,461

1.95%

2010

126,631

2,461

1.94%

2011

126,957

2,461

1.94%

2012

123,028

2,461

2.00%

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