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Drake fight vs. business reality

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As you’ve likely read elsewhere in this issue, starting on the front page, the controversy surrounding Martin Drake Power Plant and Colorado Springs Utilities simply won’t go away. The challenges to Neumann Systems Group’s innovative coal-scrubbing technology — and the unlikely bedfellows created as a result — have become increasingly difficult to follow, much less… Continue Reading Drake fight vs. business reality

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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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The new CEO for Neumann Systems Group says he doesn’t understand why the local company has become a “political whipping boy” for Colorado Springs leaders. NSG, which is installing a clean-coal scrubber at the Martin Drake Power Plant near downtown, has been under fire for months – constantly battling misconceptions and falsehoods, said Todd Tiahrt,… Continue Reading Neumann CEO defends company record, progress

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Despite a full-court press by Colorado Springs’ business and community leaders, its federal lobbyist and the state’s congressional delegation, no money was approved for watershed management or protection after the Waldo Canyon fire and the High Park fire. The House of Representatives failed to pass an amendment to an appropriations bill that delegated funds to… Continue Reading House fails to approve Colo. money for watershed protection

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Two giants seem poised to battle it out over the Martin Drake Power Plant. On one side is the Sierra Club, with 1.4 million members, thousands of volunteers and an aggressive, well-funded legal arm. On the other, Colorado Springs Utilities, a multi-billion-dollar, city-owned enterprise with deep pockets and legal resources of its own. In the… Continue Reading Battle lines drawn over Drake: Sierra Club vs. CSU

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In October, Colorado Springs Utilities presented our 2013 annual budget to the Utilities Board. It’s a lean, responsible spending plan focused on delivering our customers essential utility services and helping to strengthen the community we serve. Our 2013 budget is $1.059 billion, $52 million less than last year’s budget. This reduction is largely the result… Continue Reading Lower fuel costs, efficiency keep Utilities’ bills down

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The city of Colorado Springs and Colorado Springs Utilities will spend more than $27.7 million on stormwater improvements next year. The money will go toward capital projects, pre-disaster mitigation, staffing, operations and maintenance. It also includes $7 million in stormwater expenses to address effects of the Waldo Canyon fire. The money will be spent on:… Continue Reading City, CSU to spend millions on stormwater drainage improvements

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E-mails from City Councilor Tim Leigh about Colorado Springs Utilities have drawn a response from Utilities CEO Jerry Forte – but that response might have fallen on deaf ears. Leigh routinely regularly sends out his “Market Report” e-mails to a selective distribution list.  The Market Report was initiated when Leigh worked as a commercial broker,… Continue Reading Forte responds to Leigh’s e-mails about CSU, Drake

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It’s been a tough week for Colorado Springs Utilities. Continue Reading Utilities faces new hurdles

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The Colorado Springs City Council has not yet set a date for a special meeting about the future of the Martin Drake Power Plant. Council President Pro Tem Jan Martin confirmed the fact, despite reports earlier that it was slated for 1 p.m. Sept. 26 in Council chambers. “I believe that’s Yom Kippur,” she said.… Continue Reading No date set for Council meeting about Drake, Neumann

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