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.tic
Introducing NextLight , Longmont's community-owned fiber-optic network provided by Longmont Power & Communications (LPC). Longmont is building a Gigabit City. The City of Longmont has a 17 mile, 144 fiber-optic ring and 45 miles of fiber laterals that provides broadband services to city facilities, limited businesses and limited residents in Longmont. Recently, Longmont’s voters approved funding for the full development of the City’s fiber optic broadband network.Longmont has begun a Fiber-to-the-Premise build out that will pass all 37,000+ businesses and residents in Longmont. EVERY business and resident in Longmont will have access to affordable fiber-based gigabit services. As a true gigabit city, Longmont is positioned to be a leader in digital communications and a global information hub.
Longmont Leads the Way to High-Speed Internet in US
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 7.5 cents per kWh for large commercial and 6.3 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.
The City of Longmont has an exceptional water system that comes primarily from Rocky Mountain National Park. The water system has a capacity of 47 million gallons/day (mgd) with a peak flow of 32.3 million gallons/day and an average flow of 15.5 million gallons/day. The average cost for large commercial users is $1.95/1,000 gallons.
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.