Boulder County, Colorado Electric Profile

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Boulder County, Colorado Overview

Boulder County generates 2.70% of their required electricity and must bring in the remaining 97.30% from other counties.

Residents of Boulder County are paying, on average, 10.76% less per kilowatt hour at home than the nationwide average, at 12.28 cents per kilowatt hour compared to 13.76 cents per kilowatt hour.

Boulder County is the 41 largest generator of megawatt hours per capita out of 64 counties in Colorado, with a population of 330,758 and recent annual megawatt hour production of 87,861.46.

Boulder County is the 10th highest producer of solar power by megawatt hours produced in the state.

With total generation of 87,861.46 megawatt hours, Boulder County is ranked 24th highest generator of electricity out of 64 counties in the state for total production.

Boulder County produces 83.46% of its electricity from renewable fuel types, or 0.22 megawatt hours per citizen per year.

ENERGY CONSUMPTION

  • Total Consumption

    3,259,114  MWh

  • Consumption per Capita

    9.85  MWh

ENERGY PRODUCTION

  • Total Production

    87,861  MWh

  • Production from Renewable Energy

    73,329  MWh

  • Production from Non-Renewable Energy

    14,532  MWh

  • Production per Capita

    0.27  MWh

EMISSIONS

  • CO2 Emissions

    1,739,758,535  kg

  • CO2 Emissions per Capita

    5,259.91  kg

Boulder, CO Electric Overview

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Citizens who call Boulder home spend, on average, 12.40 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 5.58% less than Colorado's average price of 13.13 cents, resulting in the city ranking 57th out of 483 cities in Colorado for best average electricity rate. Boulder citizens use 5940.47% of the electricity generated within the city boundaries and the city must use electricity produced in rural areas or other nearby cities to make up the difference. Non-renewable fuel types are regularly used in electricity generation in the city, resulting in around 0.02 megawatt hours being produced from these fuel types per capita per year.

Boulder is the 12th highest ranked city in Colorado out of 483 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 572,908,700.46 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the city ranks 468th highest in the state for emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 5,292.46 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Solar is the primary fuel type in Boulder, with 85.83% of electricity production coming from the fuel type. Boulder has the 5th highest electricity producing plants of any city in Colorado, with 2 total plants.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Boulder

Boulder residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in April.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWh Average Bill $0.135/kWh$0.102/kWh $112.92/mo.$57.64/mo.
57th 12.40¢ Average residential price per kWh in the city of Boulder
120th $82.59 Average residential monthly electricity bill for Boulder Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Boulder, Colorado

Provider Service Type Residential Rate (¢) Residential Average Bill ($) City Production (MWh) Residential Sales (MWh) Residential Revenues ($)
Poudre Valley REA BUNDLED 11.94 112.79 485,363 57,963,950
Public Service Company of Colorado BUNDLED 12.45 78.92 9,995,799 1,244,927,089

Zips with electric coverage in Boulder, Colorado include: 80503, 80302, 80304, 80301, 80303, 80305, 80310, 80025

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Longmont, CO Electric Overview

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Citizens who call Longmont home spend, on average, 10.48 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 20.17% less than Colorado's average price of 13.13 cents, resulting in the city ranking 6th out of 483 cities in Colorado for best average electricity rate. The electricity grid in the city experiences an average of 0.38 outages per customer each year, with outages lasting about 22.77 minutes. The US averages of outages and outage time frames are 1.21 outages per year and 122.99 minutes per outage. City of Longmont Electric has an estimated 41,765 residential customers, which is more than all other suppliers who operate in the city.

Longmont is the 14th highest ranked city in Colorado out of 483 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 531,561,065.59 kilograms of CO2 emissions. This total also equates to a ranking of 17th worst in the state for emissions per capita. The city has no power production sources, resulting in the need to import the 974,360.39 megawatt hours that citizens here consume.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Longmont

Longmont residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in May.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWh Average Bill $0.131/kWh$0.111/kWh $125.26/mo.$76.11/mo.
6th 10.48¢ Average residential price per kWh in the city of Longmont
6th $76.73 Average residential monthly electricity bill for Longmont Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Longmont, Colorado

Provider Service Type Residential Rate (¢) Residential Average Bill ($) City Production (MWh) Residential Sales (MWh) Residential Revenues ($)
City of Longmont Electric BUNDLED 10.25 74.33 340,863 34,950,700
Poudre Valley REA BUNDLED 11.94 112.79 485,363 57,963,950
Public Service Company of Colorado BUNDLED 12.45 78.92 9,995,799 1,244,927,089
United Power BUNDLED 13.31 115.88 925,929 123,215,612

Zips with electric coverage in Longmont, Colorado include: 80504, 80501, 80503

Lafayette, CO Electric Overview

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Citizens who call Lafayette home spend, on average, 12.56 cents per kilowatt hour for their electricity. Thankfully, this is 4.32% less than Colorado's average price of 13.13 cents, resulting in the city ranking 169th out of 483 cities in Colorado for best average electricity rate. There is 8058.29% more electricity used in Lafayette than is produced, meaning they must purchase electricity from neighboring cities and counties. There has been a 12.12% increase in the amount of electricity generated from solar power over the past year, which is an increase of 397 megawatt hours per year.

Lafayette is the 32nd highest ranked city in Colorado out of 483 when it comes to total pollution from electricity use, with the city emitting 161,471,990.26 kilograms of CO2 emissions. Additionally, the city ranks 466th highest in the state for emissions per capita, which could be argued to be the more important statistic. They average 5,309.66 kilograms of emissions per citizen. Solar is the primary fuel type in Lafayette, with 100.00% of electricity production coming from the fuel type. Lafayette has the 14th highest number of electricity plants of any city in the state, with one total plant.

Residential Electricity Bills & Rates in Lafayette

Lafayette residential electric rates are highest in January and the highest average bill is in August.

Historical Electricity Rates:

Price Per kWh Average Bill $0.136/kWh$0.103/kWh $116.11/mo.$56.67/mo.
169th 12.56¢ Average residential price per kWh in the city of Lafayette
123rd $83.7 Average residential monthly electricity bill for Lafayette Residents

Electric Companies With Service in Lafayette, Colorado

Provider Service Type Residential Rate (¢) Residential Average Bill ($) City Production (MWh) Residential Sales (MWh) Residential Revenues ($)
Public Service Company of Colorado BUNDLED 12.45 78.92 9,995,799 1,244,927,089
United Power BUNDLED 13.31 115.88 925,929 123,215,612

Zips with electric coverage in Lafayette, Colorado include: 80020, 80027, 80516, 80026, 80301, 80303

Energy Production in Boulder County, Colorado

Power Plants in Boulder County, Colorado

Plant City/County State Primary Fuel Type Production (MWh) Emission (kg) Emissions per MWh Toxic Chemical Release Closing Date
Gross Hydro PlantDenver City & County of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 17,902
Boulder CO Solar 15,411
Boulder Canyon HydroBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 11,519
Boulder City Silver Lake HydroBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 7,820
Boulder City Lakewood HydroBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 7,788
Boulder City Betasso Hydro PlantBoulder City of (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Conventional Hydroelectric 7,788
Valmont Combustion Turbine ProjectPublic Service Company of Colorado (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Natural Gas 6,153 4,307,623.04 700.09
Boulder County CO Natural Gas 5,835 4,576,902.54 784.39 12/2026
Lafayette Horizon Solar CSG LLCLafayette Horizon Solar CSG LLC (100.00%)
Lafayette CO Solar 3,673
University of ColoradoUniversity of Colorado (100.00%)
Boulder CO Natural Gas 2,544.46 801,206 314.88
City of Boulder WWTPWF-SE-I Solar Statutory Trust (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Solar 1,205
Jack's Solar GardenJack's Solar Garden (100.00%)
Boulder County CO Solar 223

Boulder County, Colorado Details

Power Plant Fuel Types, Emissions & Pollution Factors

When considering electricity production, Boulder County's top fuel type is Conventional Hydroelectric, making up 60.11%, or 52,817 megawatt hours of production in the county. Taken together with Solar (23.35%) and Natural Gas (16.54%), these three fuel types make up 100.00% county electricity generation. Electricity use in the county results in the release of 1,739,758,534.93 kilograms of CO2 pollution per year, which is 196th highest in the United States out of 3221 counties. Perhaps a better measurement of pollution is the CO2 levels per capita, which amounts to 5,259.91 kilograms of CO2 emissions per person per year. Using this calculation the county is the 1444th highest polluting county in the nation. Boulder County is home to 12 power producing plants, which is 4th most in the state.

CONVENTIONAL HYDROELECTRIC
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
Conventional Hydroelectric
60.11%
SOLAR
Solar
Solar
Solar
23.35%
NATURAL GAS
Natural Gas
Natural Gas
16.54%

Boulder County, Colorado Net Metering

Of the 6 electric companies in Boulder County, 5 of them report that they offer net metering. The state has some of the best net metering and feed in tariffs that make solar and other types of electricity generation more attractive.

Energy Loss

The average energy loss for electricity providers in Boulder County is 3.64%. This includes data from 4 providers, including Public Service Company of Colorado, City of Longmont Electric, and Poudre Valley REA. With a United States average energy loss of 2.76%, Boulder County is ranked as the 821st best county in the US for energy loss efficiency.

Providers In Each City in Boulder County:

  • Boulder, Colorado:
    • Poudre Valley REA: 10.83%
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 89.17%
  • Jamestown, Colorado:
    • Poudre Valley REA: 50.00%
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 50.00%
  • Lafayette, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 87.08%
    • United Power: 12.92%
  • Longmont, Colorado:
    • City of Longmont Electric: 89.36%
    • Poudre Valley REA: 3.81%
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 5.14%
    • United Power: 1.69%
  • Louisville, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Lyons, Colorado:
    • Poudre Valley REA: 5.52%
    • Lyons Electric: 94.48%
  • Nederland, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Superior, Colorado:
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 100.00%
  • Ward, Colorado:
    • Poudre Valley REA: 50.00%
    • Public Service Company of Colorado: 50.00%

* City coverage generated based on government data. Always verify you can get service from the provider.

FAQ

How many power plants are located in Boulder County, Colorado?

Boulder County, Colorado has 12 active electricity plants producing electricity for the county and other surrounding areas.

What electricity company is the largest provider in Boulder County, Colorado?

By total customer count, Public Service Company of Colorado is the largest electricity company in Boulder County, Colorado.

How many electric companies offer service in Boulder County, Colorado?

There are 6 electricity suppliers offering service in Boulder County, Colorado.

What electricity companies offer service in Boulder County, Colorado?

County Customers Rank Provider Est. County Customers
1 Public Service Company of Colorado 51,579
2 City of Longmont Electric 33,864
3 Poudre Valley REA 4,934
4 United Power 4,117
5 Lyons Electric 1,187
6 Mountain Parks Electric 51

Last Reviewed By: Matt Hope
Published: 2021-03-16 Last Updated: 2022-03-13