Community Electricity Use Per Capita (kWh/quarter)

Desired Result:  Below Target

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Analysis of Performance

  • The analysis below represents data through the third quarter of 2021.      
  • The community wide electricity use per capita for the third quarter of 2021 was 16.6% below the 2005 baseline. Business use was down 22.9% while residential was down 3.6%.   
  • Q3 2021 community electricity result of 2413 kilowatt-hours was 16.6% below the 2005 baseline.
  • Q3 2021 home electricity use of 911 kilowatt-hours was 3.6% below the 2005 baseline.
  • Q3 2021 business electricity use of 1502 kilowatt-hours was 22.9% below the 2005 baseline. 
  • Q3 2021 community use was nearly the same as that in 2019 and higher than in 2020 (due to the pandemic)
  • Programs and services are one primary factor helping to keep electricity use flat while the population has continued to increase. Other factors include codes and standards, general availability of efficient products, customer conservation behavior and increasing local renewable energy production.
  • The 2021 population estimate was updated to the most recent value of 173,854. 

Metric Definition
This metric tracks electricity use (kWh) per capita. It is calculated by dividing the yearly community electricity use by that year’s population. By tracking electricity use at a per capita level, changes in behavior, efficiency, and other influencing factors are more visible than at the community level where population can mask these trends. Performance improves as electricity use per capita declines. Data is provided by Fort Collins Utilities.
Why Is This Important?
Electricity represents more than 50% of all emissions, meaning that lowering community electricity use is a crucial component to achieving the community’s 2020, 2030, and 2050 climate action goals.
City Organization Impact on Performance

Medium – The Utilities' Energy Efficiency and Conservation Programs provides programs and services to reduce energy use. Weather and local economic conditions are the other primary influences which have an impact on the electric usage of the community. The actions of residents and businesses are also key to lowering use and thereby emissions.

Benchmark Information
Benchmark not available at this time.