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Drake plant now providing partial power

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

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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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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