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INFRASTRUCTURE & UTILITIES


Longmont has a long history of investing in the infrastructure necessary to meet the growth needs of the community. It currently has the best water supply along the Front Range, a dedicated portion of sales tax for transportation improvements, our own electric utility and generation arm, a community-owned city-wide 100% fiber-optic NextLight™, and a full-service City Government.

NEXTLIGHT

Besides offering several local and national providers, Longmont has built NextLight™, a citywide community-owned 100% fiber-optic broadband network that offers Fiber-to-the-Premises for both commercial and residential customers within the city limits.  With NextLight’s™ unmatched combination of speed and affordability, Colorado’s first “Gigabit City” is positioned to be a leader in digital communications and a global information hub.

 

ELECTRIC

Longmont Power & Communications (LPC) is a community-owned, non-profit electric distribution and internet utility that operates under the direction of the Longmont City Council. LPC’s electric rates are among the lowest in Colorado and the nation, at 29% below the state average. The typical blended rate is approximately 8.4 cents per kwh for commercial and 6.5 cents per kwh for industrial applications. The LPC system reliability is in the top quartile when compared to regional utilities and utilities of similar size.
 


LPC receives its power from Platte River Power Authority (PRPA), a joint action electric generation and transmission provider for Longmont. Longmont’s substations are served by a PRPA 115 kV and 230 kV transmission system, which is designed with redundant equipment, looped connectivity, and diverse construction to provide the highest level or reliability. LPC’s system includes 7 distribution substations served by the PRPA transmission system, looped main feeders and associated distribution circuits operating at 12.47 kV. LPC distribution facilities have the capacity and are designed to provide backup service in the event of equipment failure anywhere on the system.  Substations are sized and scheduled to provide sufficient reserve capacity to cover the loss of anyentire substation within the system while maintaining a 15% safety margin. Main distribution feeders are designed to operate at levels that allow for the backup of adjacent feeder sections if failures occur. LPC presently serves a peak demand of about 186 MW and the system expansion plan accommodates a full City build out to about 400 MW.
 

WATER

The City of Longmont has an exceptional water system that comes primarily from Rocky Mountain National Park. The water system has a capacity of 54.75 million gallons/day (mgd) with a peak flow of 30.79 million gallons/day and an average flow of 13.75 million gallons/day. 
 

INFRASTRUCTURE

In addition to our physical infrastructure assets, the Longmont area has the business infrastructure to support your operation. The combination of intellectual resources (research universities, federal labs), process support services (specialized providers such as machine shops and contract manufacturers), financial services (venture capital, build-to suit construction, industrial revenue bonds), trade associations (renewable energy, biosciences, information technology, aerospace, etc.) serve to enhance the environment for companies to find the resources they need to survive and grow.
Longmont Economic Development Partnership
1925 Pike Road, Suite 202
Longmont, CO 80501
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