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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, rail served industrial sites, our own electric utility and generation arm (which recently doubled its transmission capacity), a fiber optic loop and a wireless network that serves the city, 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.

Longmont Leads the Way to High-Speed Internet in US

 

ELECTRIC

Longmont Power and Communications (LPC) is a community-owned, non-profit electric distribution and telecommunications utility that operates under the direction of the City Council.  LPC's electric rates are among the lowest in Colorado and the nation. The typical blended rate is approximately 8.4 cents per kWh for large commercial and 6.6 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. It has consistently earned the Reliable Public Power (RP3) designation from the American Public power Association recognizing outstanding performance in the areas of reliability, training, safety, and system improvements.

LPC receives its power from Platte River Power Authority (Platte River), a joint action electric generation and transmission provider. LPC's distribution substations are served by the Platte River’s transmission system and are designed with a number of attributes that allow for backup service in the event of equipment failure anywhere on the system:
  • The transmission system is looped with diverse routing and diverse construction design.
  • Substations are sized to provide sufficient reserve capacity to cover the loss of any entire substation.
  • Main distribution feeders are designed to operate at a level to allow for the backup of adjacent feeder sections if failures occur.


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 54.7 million gallons/day (mgd) with a peak flow of 31.3 million gallons/day and an average flow of 14.2 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
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Longmont, CO 80501
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