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 2020.
  • Recent data showing community wide and sector specific impacts of the pandemic can be found at
  • The community wide electricity use per capita for the third quarter of 2020 was 18.1% below the 2005 baseline. Business use was down 24.7% while residential was down 4.3%. This is also reflected in the covid dashboard showing the effects of business slow/shut downs and stay/safer at home orders. 
  • Q3 2020 community electricity result of 2371 kilowatt-hours was 18.1% below the 2005 baseline.
  • Q3 2020 home electricity use of 904 kilowatt-hours was 4.3% below the 2005 baseline.
  • Q3 2020 business electricity use of 1467 kilowatt-hours was 24.7% below the 2005 baseline. 
  • Recent data on the Utilities covid dashboard indicates that usage is trending back towards expected levels. 
  • 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.
  • This metric was updated starting in Q2 2019 to include the breakout of home and business energy use. In addition, this update changed the source data which resulted in minor changes to the previously reported values and the baseline reference data.  

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.