MPE's Renewable Energy Portfolio
Presently, 33 percent of MPE’s power is supplied by renewable resources. MPE’s electric distribution power portfolio includes:
1. HYDROELECTRIC GENERATION
- Granby Dam (Granby, Colo.)
5 million kilowatt-hours a year of electricity (1.2 MW nameplate capacity), enough to power approximately 640 homes a year within MPE’s service area.
- Town of Grand Lake - Micro Hydro-Recovery System
40,000 - 55,000 kilowatt-hours of electricity/yr.
- Western Area Power Administration (regionally generated)
199 million kilowatt-hours of electricity/yr., 12% of Tri-State G&T (TSG&T), MPE’s wholesale power provider, power mix.
- Other TSG&T Small Hydro (Colorado)
MPE’s power mix also includes various small hydro generation from facilities in Parshall, Ridgeway, Durango, Boulder and Mancos.
2. SOLAR GENERATION
- Whiskey Hill Solar (Walden, Colo.) & Sifers Solar (Fraser. Colo.)
Each site is 1 MW (nameplate), includes 3,600 panels and generates approximately 2.5 million kilowatt-hours a year (enough to power approximately 300 homes each).
- Middle Park High School PV Array (Granby, Colo.)
Approximately 4,000 kilowatt-hours a year of electricity (2.07 kW nameplate capacity). This project came online in 2010, and was partially funded by MPE.
- Net-Metered/DG Residential & Commercial Solar (local)
MPE purchases net-metered and DG solar power from more than 150 of its members. Cumulatively, these renewable energy systems generate approximately 2.2 million kilowatt-hours of electricity a year.
- Wholesale PV Generation (regionally generated)
~90 Megawatts of nameplate capacity. Approximately 17 Gigawatt-hours of electricity per year delivered to MPE's power lines by Tri-State G&T.
- Community Solar
On an ongoing basis, MPE monitors community solar opportunities – with an eye on affordability for all MPE members.
3. WIND GENERATION
- Net-Metered Residential Wind Power (local)
MPE purchases net-metered wind generation from 4 of its residential members. Wind turbines produce approximately twice as much power in Jackson County as Grand County.
- Kit Carson site, Colorado Highlands site, Carousel Wind site, Twin Buttes II site (regional)
367 Megawatts of nameplate capacity, more than 100 Gigawatt-hours of electricity per year delivered to MPE's power lines by Tri-State G&T, MPE's wholesale power supplier.
4. OTHER RENEWABLES
- Local Biomass
MPE has analyzed numerous local biomass generation project proposals. Although there is an abundant amount of fuel (dead timber), the cost of generation remains significantly higher than purchased power from Tri-State G&T, MPE’s wholesale power supplier.
- Green Power Program (local)
Established in 1999, MPE’s Green Power Program is funded by more than 1,200 MPE members, voluntary contributors who donate monthly funds to rebate local renewable projects – up to $2,000 rebate for residential projects, up to $8,000 for businesses and organizations. Total funds disbursed (2011 - 2019): ~$200,000.
- Miscellaneous Small Renewables (regional)
Other TSG&T small renewable generation accounts for more than 2% of Tri-State G&T (MPE) power mix.
5. STATE RENEWABLE PORTFOLIO PROGRESS
- TSG&T, MPE’s power supplier, is in compliance with the Colorado renewable portfolio requirement and currently generates ~33% of its power supply from renewable resources.