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Drake fight vs. business reality

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

NeuStream: Q-and-A on Drake coal scrubber

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For more than a year, local leaders have questioned Colorado Springs Utilities’ decision to install NeuStream, a locally invented, designed and produced coal scrubber that inventors say could revolutionize the clean-coal industry — and help aging power plants comply with regional and federal air-quality standards. Detractors have been both skeptical and vocal. It doesn’t work;… Continue Reading NeuStream: Q-and-A on Drake coal scrubber

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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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Sierra Club study eyes Drake plant’s emissions

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The Sierra Club fired another volley at Colorado Springs Utilities this week, releasing an independent study modeling sulfur dioxide pollution from the downtown, coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant. The study, performed by Wingra Engineering of Madison, Wis., purportedly shows that the Drake plant “will likely trigger violations of federal air rules even after current and… Continue Reading Sierra Club study eyes Drake plant’s emissions

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  By Amy Gillentine and John Hazlehurst For decades, the steam from the Martin Drake Power Plant has dominated the Colorado Springs skyline. It’s so much a part of the city’s landscape, it’s hard to imagine a time when vast clouds of steam wouldn’t envelop downtown. Those clouds are both literal and metaphorical, because the… Continue Reading Re-imagine Drake: Possibilities are endless — and also sprawling

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Neumann Systems Group has another plan to make coal-fired power plants more environmentally friendly. The company that has been battling to save the Martin Drake Power Plant and it’s coal-cleaning Neustream technology that’s used there, says its newest venture could amount to 250 high-tech jobs, $400 million in construction projects and $150 million in sales. Neumann… Continue Reading Neumann proposes rare-earth metals extraction business for downtown plant

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In the midst of a study about the future of coal-fired Drake Power Plant, Mayor Steve Bach’s goal of adding 6,000 jobs a year and ongoing chatter about how Colorado Springs Utilities is governed, no one is talking much about renewable energy. At least, no one seems to be talking much about it. Colorado ranks… Continue Reading Renewable energy could be part of Drake debate

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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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The Colorado Springs Chamber/EDC has become the latest group to weigh in on the issues of decommissioning the Martin Drake Power Plant and the governance and ownership of the Colorado Springs Utilities. “They’re just the latest,” said Councilor Tim Leigh, who also sits on the Utilities board. “The RLF (Regional Leadership Forum) is interested in… Continue Reading Chamber/EDC becomes latest group to weigh in on CSU, Drake

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