100% Renewable and Carbon Neutral are Our Goals. We Need Your Help to Get There.#
Our Climate Future#
Our Climate Future (OCF) is Fort Collins' plan to achieve community climate, energy and waste goals. OCF is our commitment to addressing the climate emergency, helping people improve their daily lives and support community sustainability.
Fort Collins Utilities plays a critical role toward achieving the adopted goals of:
- Reducing our greenhouse gas emissions 50% by 2026 and 80% by 2030
- Providing 100% renewable electricity by 2030
We do this by building a reliable electric grid, keeping bills affordable, providing clean energy programs for your home and business and growing our renewable electricity sources. You also play an essential role, from your everyday activities to your future choices for your home and getting around town.
Getting to 100% Renewable#
In 2005, more than 75% of our electricity came from coal power plants. In 2022, renewable non-carbon sources provided 49% of community electricity.
Fort Collins is a member-owner of Platte River Power Authority, our electricity supplier. Platte River's resources include wind, solar, hydro, coal, natural gas and purchases. The next major shift in our renewable portfolio is a large 150 megawatt solar system scheduled to start generating energy by the end of 2024.
Local solar systems are also a key part of the solution. As of 2023, there are more than 3,000 solar systems (about 30 megawatts) in Fort Collins. Utilities partnered with Colorado State University to create a visual representation of the estimated total power that grid-connected photovoltaic systems make each day. Read more about the model by downloading this handout here. You can also view the model here.
Our current planning shows that we are on track to reach more than 90% renewable electricity by 2030 and we’ll keep on working to raise that number even higher.
You are Part of the Solution#
Did You Know?
You can save water when washing fruits or vegetables by filling the sink with water instead of running the faucet.
Taking advantage of daylight from windows and skylights can save energy.
Every 2 degrees higher you set your air conditioner can save up to 14% on cooling costs.