Power and Communications

Power and Communications

Since the earliest days of electric service in the Estes Valley, the Town's Electric department has sought to expand to meet the community's needs. In the early days, this meant expanding capacity and service areas beyond the Estes Valley to communities to the north and south. Today, this need is in the area of communications and internet service. In 2019, Estes Park launched a community-owned and operated broadband service to the electric service area transforming Light & Power into Power and Communications. Estes Park's broadband offering will be its own municipal utility, ensuring the same premier level of service and support community members and businesses have come to trust from Estes Park Light & Power. Sign-up information and construction updates on the new Broadband utility can be found at trailblazerbroadband.com

Community-Owned Power

Estes Park is one of four community owners of the Platte River Power Authority, joining the cities of Longmont, Loveland and Fort Collins in this endeavor. Platte River Power Authority, a non-profit entity, purchases or generates all of the energy needed to power these communities. Carbon-free hydropower from the Colorado Big Thompson project, and renewable energy from wind projects in Wyoming comprise nearly 30% of the energy portfolio.

Electric Service

The Power and Communications Division serves about 11,000 customers covering an area of about 350 square miles - south on Highway 7 through Meeker Park, Allenspark, Ferncliff, and Pine Valley to mile marker 18.75, north, along County Road 43 through Glen Haven and the Retreat to mile marker 11, and east on Highway 34 to mile marker 72, and, Highway 36 to mile marker 7. The area is bordered on the west by Rocky Mountain National Park.

Estes Park Power & Communications Service Area Map

Reliable Public Power

In May 2018, Estes Park Power and Communications received a Gold "reliable public power provider" designation by the American Public Power Association. This "RP3" designation certifies that Estes Park Power and Communications has demonstrated leading practices in reliability, safety, workforce development, and system improvement. The prestigious RP3 designation indicates that the service provided by Power and Communications meets high industry standards.

The RP3 designation is good for three years, but Power and Communications is not resting on their laurels. They continue to look for ways to improve service to the community and welcome suggestions from customers. Visit the Electric Projects pages to learn more about the ongoing efforts to improve the quality and reliability of the electric service.


Questions/Comments - 

Joe Lockhart, Line Superintendent, (970) 577-3613
Sarah Clark, Administrative Assistant, (970) 577-3627