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The Colorado Springs Utility Board ()AKA City Council will meet Wednesday afternoon at 1 p.m., with the agenda and associated attachments already online. Here are the most significant items, including forecast electric and gas rate increases and the expected length of the Martin Drake Power Plant outage. In what is presumably a worst-case scenario, Utilities… Continue Reading Rates up, Drake down for as long as a year

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Water: When will we need more?

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Water: When will we need more?

Our water and SDS: Second of a three-part series Next: Bargain or boondoggle? Is Southern Delivery System the future of the city or a needless extravagance? How much water will we need from SDS in 2016? In 2040? In 2013, city residents used 78,067 acre-feet of water, 3,000 acre-feet less than in 1986. Is such… Continue Reading Water: When will we need more?

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Drake: A first post-fire look inside

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Drake: A first post-fire look inside

Photos by Cameron Moix

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As I was biking past the new Garden of the Gods Gourmet location at 26th Street and U.S. Highway 24 on Sunday morning, a beautifully restored 1960 Thunderbird emerged from the parking lot and stopped abruptly. I slowed down, intending to say “nice ride!” to the car’s proud owner, when I heard the starter motor… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Drake discussion will have to change now

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SDS: It’s a long story

In the late 1980s, water managers at Colorado Springs Utilities still hoped to build a major water diversion structure that would have taken water from the Holy Cross Wilderness Area south of Vail and eventually transported it to Colorado Springs and Aurora. That effort, more than a decade in planning, had been delayed by Eagle… Continue Reading SDS: It’s a long story

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At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Utilities CEO Jerry Forte had bad news and good news about the fire Monday that severely damaged and shut down the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant. The good news: The fire was largely confined to the southern wing of the building, which houses Unit 5, a 51-megawatt generator that… Continue Reading Forte says Drake shutdown might last a while

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

Chief says Drake fire could have been worse Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley did not mince words in describing what could have been. Riley, recapping the fire department’s quick and massive response to the serious fire Monday at Martin Drake Power Plant, praised what he called the quick and courageous response of firefighters on… Continue Reading Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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CSU, Denver, Aurora all reuse water

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Colorado Springs Utilities, along with Denver Water and the city of Aurora, all reuse a significant amount of water after it has gone through a treatment plant. It’s called non-potable water and as such is not acceptable for public consumption, cooking or bathing. The wastewater system collects all the water from homes and businesses, then… Continue Reading CSU, Denver, Aurora all reuse water

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Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

Fifty years from now, residents of Colorado Springs will be pleased the leaders of today developed the Southern Delivery System, say a number of state water specialists. The oft-maligned $898 million project will have the capacity to pump 50 million gallons of Arkansas River Basin water per day north to Colorado Springs. The project is… Continue Reading Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

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City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

After initial discussions in February, the Colorado Springs City Council will consider a revised proposal for a reduced pay adjustment phased in over three years for Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte. A decision will be made at the April 8 Council meeting. A raise would eliminate the CEO’s performance incentive and increase the base… Continue Reading City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

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