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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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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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Neumann Systems Group is attempting to bounce back from a year of bad publicity and political wrangling about the company’s contract with Colorado Springs Utilities. The Springs company has submitted a proposal for an $18.75 million grant to the Department of Energy and the National Energy Technology Laboratory for a carbon capture technology that will… Continue Reading Neumann has new proposal for carbon capture

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Sixty years ago, my father took me duck shooting for the first time. He had given me a 20-gauge single-barreled shotgun a few months before my 12th birthday, and had carefully instructed me in its use. We spent weekends trap shooting and skeet shooting. He taught me how to lead the clay pigeon, estimate range,… Continue Reading It’s time to take a look at Colorado Springs Utilities

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Utilities board ends sales study contract

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Colorado Springs Utilities board members decided yesterday to nix a contract to study selling or leasing its electric power generation. The board unanimously decided not to move forward with a $500,000 study, suggested in 2012 by Mayor Steve Bach in a letter to the board. Board chairman Keith King signaled the direction the board was… Continue Reading Utilities board ends sales study contract

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