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How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

What’s renewable energy — and what isn’t? Those two questions became critically important to senior officials of Colorado Springs Utilities when a voter-approved initiative in 2004 required that electric utilities derive a certain percentage of their retail electricity sales from renewable sources. Currently, municipally owned electric utilities in Colorado serving more than 40,000 customers must… Continue Reading How Utilities maneuvers the numbers to beat renewable standards

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Drive west to the mountains, the ski resorts and the picturesque towns of the Western Slope, or north to Denver and Wyoming, or east to the sprawling ranches and farms of the high plains, or southwest to New Mexico, Utah, Arizona, Nevada and California. You’re not just traveling; you’re visiting enemy territory. “Whisky’s for drinking,… Continue Reading Water wars, warriors still changing history in West

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Drake panel still looks at possible closure

The Drake task force is about one-third of the way through its process of studying the future of the city-owned, coal-fired power plant, and it is conducting a public hearing tonight  to keep people informed of what’s at stake. “We’ve met twice, and we’ve hired a consultant to examine the scenarios about the plant,” said… Continue Reading Drake panel still looks at possible closure

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Utilities’ local rates:  Not bad for electric, but higher for gas

During community discussions about Colorado Springs Utilities, all parties to the debate tend to agree that CSU offers some of the lowest electric and gas rates in Colorado. Such low rates not only benefit residents but also serve to attract and retain businesses of all kinds, particularly job-providing manufacturers. A careful examination of CSU’s gas… Continue Reading Utilities’ local rates: Not bad for electric, but higher for gas

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Local entrepreneur sells energy-saving device

Sonny Mata was looking through patents a couple of years ago when he stumbled onto a green-energy business he could easily get behind. “I’d been selling solar panels,” he said. But at that time it would take most homeowners 12 years to realize a return on their investments, which was a hard sell. “I wanted… Continue Reading Local entrepreneur sells energy-saving device

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Businesses saving green with energy

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Businesses saving green with energy

After adding insulation and replacing light fixtures and HVAC systems, the owners of CityRock are saving almost 60 percent on utility bills — about $11,000 a year. It’s a huge savings, said Joe Groshong, who owns the 17,000-square-foot climbing gym in downtown Colorado Springs with his wife Lara. While they weren’t solely motivated by finances,… Continue Reading Businesses saving green with energy

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Neumann and Leigh still battle

The next salvo in the war of words between Neumann Systems Group President Dave Neumann and Colorado Springs City Councilor Tim Leigh won’t be at a public meeting. Neumann asked last week for a special City Council meeting, outlining 16 alleged falsehoods and misstatements made by Leigh about Neumann’s coal-scrubbing technology being installed at Martin… Continue Reading Neumann and Leigh still battle

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NeuStream: Q-and-A on Drake coal scrubber

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For more than a year, local leaders have questioned Colorado Springs Utilities’ decision to install NeuStream, a locally invented, designed and produced coal scrubber that inventors say could revolutionize the clean-coal industry — and help aging power plants comply with regional and federal air-quality standards. Detractors have been both skeptical and vocal. It doesn’t work;… Continue Reading NeuStream: Q-and-A on Drake coal scrubber

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Tiahrt requests forum, questions motives

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The new CEO for Neumann Systems Group is calling out City Councilor Tim Leigh. Todd Tiahrt, who oversees the company founded by Dave Neumann, wants to meet in a public forum with Leigh to set the record straight. Leigh has been the most vocal opponent of NeuStream, a wet coal scrubber now being installed at… Continue Reading Tiahrt requests forum, questions motives

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NeuStream controversy won’t stop

Neumann Systems Group insists rising criticisms are unwarranted It seemed like a good idea at the time. Dave Neumann, a defense contractor with a proven track record, approached Colorado Springs Utilities in 2007 with a pilot project: a clean-coal scrubber using innovative technology that would require less water than dry scrubbers , less space and… Continue Reading NeuStream controversy won’t stop

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