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Colorado Springs Utilities announced Friday its intent to award a contract for the design, construction and operation of its newest Community Solar Garden project to a local company and its engineering partner. The ITA was offered to Pikes Peak Solar Garden LLC, a joint venture of Springs-based SunShare LLC and Hawaii-headquartered Sunetric, according to the… Continue Reading Utilities reveals intent for solar garden contract

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

Colorado Springs Utilities customers might see their monthly bills jump nearly 5 percent in January, but local experts and officials say that residents should soon see rates start to level off. “Utility budgets are always a balance between expenditures to ensure safe, reliable utility services and keeping rates as low as possible,” Utilities CEO Jerry… Continue Reading Utilities: Despite hike, bills to level off

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Drake ranks seventh for pollution in state

The Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs is the seventh filthiest in the state, according to Environment Colorado, a research and policy nonprofit. “In 2011, [Drake] emitted 1.6 million metric tons of global-warming carbon dioxide pollution, which is about the same as the annual emissions from 34,000 cars,” said Lindsey Wilson, field associate for… Continue Reading Drake ranks seventh for pollution in state

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Ex-staffer sues SunShare over salary

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A former employee of local solar power development company SunShare recently filed a civil suit against the firm and its owner for allegedly failing to pay him $60,000, according to court documents. Nicholas Hellbusch, a certified public accountant who worked for SunShare shortly after owner David Amster-Olszewski founded the company in June 2011, claims in… Continue Reading Ex-staffer sues SunShare over salary

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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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