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Water rates rank high

Water rates rank high

Leon Festinger’s theory of cognitive dissonance refers to “the mental stress or discomfort experienced by an individual who is confronted by new information that conflicts with existing beliefs, ideas, or values.” Many Colorado Springs homeowners may experience such a state when their monthly Utilities bill arrives. One of them, Mike Graham, reacted by sending us… Continue Reading Water rates rank high

As our elected leaders continue finding new ways to avoid cooperating on important issues, there’s a growing sense that perhaps doing nothing beats making a serious mistake. So, once again, we’re hearing rumbles that the stormwater fee for El Paso County property owners might not make it onto the November ballot, after all. Never mind… Continue Reading Beware of Pueblo’s rising ire

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Colorado Springs Utilities earns national recognition for ‘Dewey Campaign’

When water preservation was crucial in the Pikes Peak region, Colorado Springs Utilities’ communications team stepped up to the challenge. As a result of the team’s efforts, CSU was recently awarded the coveted Public Relations Society of America Silver Anvil Award for the 2013 “Dewey” the Water Drop campaign. Colorado Springs area residents were reached… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Utilities earns national recognition for ‘Dewey Campaign’

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Council shows weak side again

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Just when we thought we couldn’t be surprised anymore by certain members of the Colorado Springs City Council, we found out differently in the past week. Already, we had seen and heard enough to suggest in our editorial two weeks ago that City Council no longer should serve as the board of Colorado Springs Utilities.… Continue Reading Council shows weak side again

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Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

The Colorado Springs City Council (in its dual capacity as the Utility Board) met Wednesday and ignored Xcel Energy’s June 28 offer to enter into a non-disclosure agreement with Xcel subsidiary Public Service Company of Colorado “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value proposition that would… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Council puts kibosh on Xcel’s interest in Utilities

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Bach: Change Utilities’ governance

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Bach: Change Utilities’ governance

Mayor Steve Bach’s official response to Xcel’s expressed interest in purchasing/leasing all or a part of Colorado Springs Utilities’ electrical generation facilities was measured and noncommittal. Here’s the official press release. “Mayor Steve Bach indicated today in response to media inquiries that he will not be weighing in on whether Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) should… Continue Reading Bach: Change Utilities’ governance

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Incline to be closed for repairs

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Incline to be closed for repairs

The Manitou Springs Incline will close in late August for up to four months, so needed maintenance can be done to the popular attraction. The incline, officially opened to the public in 2013 after being heavily used by trespassers for years, is being “loved to death,” according to a video on the attraction’s website, manitouincline.com.… Continue Reading Incline to be closed for repairs

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Xcel Energy’s June 27 letter to Colorado Springs Utilities will be a game-changer, regardless of its immediate outcome. In the letter, Xcel vice president for asset development Bryan Hassler proposed that Xcel and CSU enter into a nondisclosure agreement “with the specific intent of exploring over the next 60 days if there is a value… Continue Reading How should Council respond to Xcel? Listen, at least

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Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

The ongoing debate over the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant has been almost exclusively locally focused. Proponents and opponents alike have examined local costs, local health impacts and Drake’s impact on the local economy. But Colorado Springs isn’t an island, and it may be that a newly unfolding national energy narrative will make the positions… Continue Reading Analysis: Drake: Will everyone lose?

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Time to vote on Utilities governance

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Bring together almost any group of prominent community leaders these days, and inevitably the subject turns to Colorado Springs Utilities — in particular, the future of Martin Drake Power Plant. On one extreme, there are the environmentalists, who are more determined to force the issue of closure after the May 5 fire that temporarily shut… Continue Reading Time to vote on Utilities governance

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