A great deal of progress has already been made since the concept of FortZED was launched in May 2007. Fueling the economy, the community, and clean energy research, FortZED is a living, breathing initiative.


Thank you for your interest in FortZED, growing to be one of the world’s largest zero energy district located in Fort Collins, Colorado.

FortZED, Power to the Nation

Organizations Leading FortZED

The Smart Grid: An Introduction, by U.S. Department of Energy

For media inquiries


Emily Wilmsen, Public Relations Coordinator,


FortZED in the News

How Fort Collins Created America's First Zero-Energy District, The Atlantic Cities, Feb. 22, 2013

Giving as Good as They Get: Zero-Energy Districts, Urban Land Institute, Feb. 21, 2013

Fort ZED: Net Zero Energy in Action, Public Power Magazine, Jan-Feb 2013

A Tale of Two Smart Grids, Coloradobiz, July 2012

DOE Helps Jump Start a "Zero Energy District" in Fort Collins, Colorado., July 2011

mp3 file: FortZED and the Community Energy Challenge, KRFC. 30 minute program, 81.2 MB

Fort Collins, Colorado on Track to Net Zero, U.S. Dept. of Energy Blog, November 18, 2010

FortZED Energy Challenge aims to engage residents, Coloradoan, Oct. 5, 2010

FortZED lauded for education efforts, Coloradoan, Sept. 23, 2010

FortZED RDSI rolls out summer projects, Fort Collins Coloradoan, July 20, 2010

FortZED to take major role in city's 'smart' effort (PDF), Fort Collins Coloradoan, Jan. 1, 2010

ZED Hits Growth Surge (PDF)

FortZED gets $6.3 million grant, moves forward with 'smart grid' (PDF) - April 2008

Fort Collins Utilities and the Clean Energy Cluster take on FortZED (PDF) - March 2008

FortZED raises $525,000 in local funding, meets eligibility requirement for $9 million in sustainable energy funding (PDF) - July 2007

Project Partners in the News

Woodward to make wind power converters for REpower. Woodward news release, November 11, 2010

Colorado State University a Crital Piece of the Fort Collins zero energy district. CSU News Release, October 25, 2010

VanDyne SuperTurbo, Inc. named Outstanding Venture Company at NREL's Clean Energy Forum. NREL news release, October 21, 2010.

Spirae signs partnership agreement with Kalundborg municipality in Denmark to meet energy goals. Spirae news release, October 20, 2010

New Belgium Brewing Co. launches solar array (PDF), Fort Collins Coloradoan, Jan. 6, 2010

Faces of FortZED

Steve Catanach

Light and Power Operations Manager, Fort Collins Utilities