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Colorado Springs city government and Colorado Springs Utilities signed a five-year contract last week with an international company that will provide fleet maintenance services for both entities beginning next year. City officials said outsourcing fleet maintenance of more than 3,500 vehicles and equipment is estimated to save the city and Utilities more than $4 million… Continue Reading City and CSU sign 5-year fleet maintenance contract

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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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Colorado Springs Utilities received the 2013 Employer Support Freedom Award from the U.S. Department of Defense. CSU was one of 14 firms to receive the award, which recognizes employers who provide outstanding support to members of the National Guard and Reserve. Of CSU’s 1,800 employees, 360 are veterans and 80 are members of the National… Continue Reading Colorado Springs Utilities wins DoD award

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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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City auditor: Utilities’ hedging policy cost millions

A program designed to protect ratepayers from volatility in the natural gas market provided less savings than originally thought, due largely to the economic downturn and discovery of new reservoirs of the fuel. A city audit of the natural gas hedging program by Colorado Springs Utilities found that the municipal utility could have saved $208.3… Continue Reading City auditor: Utilities’ hedging policy cost millions

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SunShare expands into Denver, California

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SunShare expands into Denver, California

Colorado Springs-based SunShare is expanding into Colorado and California. The solar-garden manufacturer said it expects the moves will grow the company 20-fold during the next year. It’s keeping its headquarters here, at least for now, but will open offices in Denver, as well as California. SunShare hit the scene in 2011 with a plan to… Continue Reading SunShare expands into Denver, California

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Utilities eases drought restrictions

While the city will remain in stage 2B watering restrictions – limited to watering outdoors only two days a week – the threshold for drought surcharges has increased, according to Colorado Springs Utilities. Starting Aug. 1, the entry point for water pricing increases goes to 2,500 cubic feet of water usage, up from 2,000 cubic… Continue Reading Utilities eases drought restrictions

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The Southern Delivery System has had its day in court – and it was successful. The Colorado Court of Appeals reversed a Pueblo County judge’s ruling against a state water quality certification for the SDS project, which will bring water from the Pueblo Reservoir to Colorado Springs, the biggest water project in decades for Colorado… Continue Reading Appeals court overturns SDS water-quality ruling

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