With 90 percent of Colorado customers having the choice to
purchase wind power, it may surprise some people that only 40,000
Fort Collins customers choose to buy it.
These numbers came from John Bleem, division manager of customer
services at the Platte River Power Authority, in a presentation to
the League of Women Voters Monday.
The PRPA provides wind power energy to Fort Collins, Estes Park,
Longmont and Loveland.
This year, CSU became the first university in the nation to
allow individual students to chose whether to purchase wind
As of last week, 160 residence rooms at CSU opted to buy wind
power energy, said John Phelan, an energy services engineer at the
Fort Collins Utilities Wind and Power Program.
“I think it is really important to work on renewable sources of
energy,” said Melissa Kimball, a graduate student studying social
work who was present at the meeting. “I think as a region that we
are not focused on it enough as we should be.”
Bleem said Colorado has “lots of great wind” that could be used
for wind power.
The cost for wind power is more expensive than other options,
but the cost has recently decreased.
The price used to be 2.5 cents per kilowatt-hour, but as of June
it dropped to 1 cent per kwh.
At a cost of $17, CSU students are able to purchase two
semesters’ worth of wind power, an equivalent of 1,600 kwh, Phelan
For any students still interested in buying wind power, the
deadline for applicants is Sept. 30. Call Facilities Management at
491-0151 for more information.
Even though college students are known for having a tight
budget, some believe shoveling out the extra cash is worth it.
Gail Doxtader, utility conservation coordinator for the City of
Loveland, also presented at the LWV meeting.
For an average person to buy wind power for one year, it would
be like driving 3,000 fewer miles, Doxtader said.
“I think the cost is so small and the rewards so great, it would
be absurd not to,” Kimball said.
Travis Kimball, Melissa Kimball’s husband, agreed.
“If you have any interest in our environment, it only makes
sense to put out the little cost that it takes,” Travis Kimball
said. “It’s the absolute least you could do.”