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Drake: What’s the true cost?

Drake: What’s the true cost?

“To understand where you’re going, it helps to understand where you’ve been.” That hoary cliché is particularly applicable when seeking to understand why Colorado Springs Utilities clings to the Martin Drake downtown coal-fired power plant. Exasperated Drake opponents have argued that the plant’s three generating units are old (dating from the 1960s and 1970s), accident-prone… Continue Reading Drake: What’s the true cost?

“I just want to serve my community.” “I love this city, and I want to help make it better.” “I’m deeply humbled that so many people have asked me to step up run for Mayor/City Council (choose one).” “I will act collaboratively and cooperatively to move our city forward.” “We are at a crossroads/an inflection… Continue Reading Candidates: Look to Drake options

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Drake plant now providing partial power

Unit 6 at Martin Drake Power Plant is back online, a representative for Colorado Springs Utilities announced Wednesday. The coal-fired power generating unit is one of three at the downtown plant and can produce up to 85 megawatts of Drake’s 254MW load, which accounts for roughly a third of the city’s energy. “Now that Unit 6 is back… Continue Reading Drake plant now providing partial power

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Drake: A first post-fire look inside

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Drake: A first post-fire look inside

Photos by Cameron Moix

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As I was biking past the new Garden of the Gods Gourmet location at 26th Street and U.S. Highway 24 on Sunday morning, a beautifully restored 1960 Thunderbird emerged from the parking lot and stopped abruptly. I slowed down, intending to say “nice ride!” to the car’s proud owner, when I heard the starter motor… Continue Reading Hazlehurst: Drake discussion will have to change now

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At a Thursday afternoon press conference, Utilities CEO Jerry Forte had bad news and good news about the fire Monday that severely damaged and shut down the downtown Martin Drake Power Plant. The good news: The fire was largely confined to the southern wing of the building, which houses Unit 5, a 51-megawatt generator that… Continue Reading Forte says Drake shutdown might last a while

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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Drake Plant’s near-disaster

Chief says Drake fire could have been worse Colorado Springs Fire Chief Chris Riley did not mince words in describing what could have been. Riley, recapping the fire department’s quick and massive response to the serious fire Monday at Martin Drake Power Plant, praised what he called the quick and courageous response of firefighters on… Continue Reading Drake Plant’s near-disaster

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Update: Fire at Drake Power Plant causes plant shutdown

At 9:40 PM Monday morning a serious fire broke out in the downtown Drake Power Plant, sending plumes of black smoke hundreds of feet in the air above the plant. Observers described flames shooting out of the southeastern part of the Drake complex. The fire was contained at 11:45 a.m., said Kurt Dennison, spokesman for… Continue Reading Update: Fire at Drake Power Plant causes plant shutdown

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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: 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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