Greenhouse gas emissions
HCE has long term power supply commitments through contracts with Public Service Company of Colorado (a subsidiary of Xcel Energy), Guzman Energy LLC and Western Area Power Administration. HCE also has long term purchase power agreements with several small clean and renewable generators located in and near our service territory, including 7 small hydroelectric generators, 10 small commercial solar arrays, a 12 MW biomass plant, and one community owned solar array. HCE also owns 2.7MW of solar. A 145-kW solar array provided bill credits to low and moderate income HCE members at no cost to participants.
HCE owns an 8% share in Unit 3 at the Comanche Generating Station located in Pueblo, CO. The energy from this 750 MW super-critical, coal-fired generating unit became operational in July of 2010. Guzman Energy LLC began purchasing this energy from HCE in February of 2019.
Just over 46% of the energy we provide our members was supplied through clean and renewable resources, such as wind, solar, hydro, biomass, and coal mine methane generation. 6% came from coal, 6% came from gas, and 42% was from market sources which could not be identified with a high level of certainty.