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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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Drought leads to water restrictions starting in April

A hot dry summer followed by low snowpack in the mountains this winter and higher-than-expected demand has created a water crisis for Colorado Springs Utilities. Trying to refill reservoirs that are at 48 percent of capacity, the city-owned utility is suggesting Stage 2 water restrictions for customers starting in April. That means that outdoor watering… Continue Reading Drought leads to water restrictions starting in April

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Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

Civic activists, El Paso County elected officials and the business team of the Regional Stormwater Task Force rolled out the heavy artillery at Monday’s informal City Council meeting, but their target was absent. Mayor Steve Bach was in Scottsdale, Ariz., taking a week off to celebrate both his 70th birthday and, with his spouse Suzi,… Continue Reading Leaders grapple with stormwater concerns

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Drake task force member tries to sway Bach

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Curious as to whether there was any politicking going on between Mayor Steve Bach’s office and members of the Martin Drake Power Plant task force, CSBJ made an open-records request for any relevant emails. The only result was a revealing exchange between task force member Steve Durham and Bach. Durham has been an active player… Continue Reading Drake task force member tries to sway Bach

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