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Drake: No talk about premature death?

Recently the Regional Business Alliance hosted a panel discussion on Martin Drake Power Plant’s future. It wasn’t a shock that nobody spoke in depth about available alternatives to coal-powered energy production, but I was genuinely surprised that nearly no attention was paid to the pollution Drake emits onto our 600,000-plus residents, employees, students and visitors.… Continue Reading Drake: No talk about premature death?

Here’s a recent email to longtime environmental activist Lee Milner from George Luke, Colorado Springs Utilities’ interim chief energy services officer: “This is in response to your recent question in regard to the ability to use insurance proceeds from the Drake 5 fire to fund DSM or renewables in lieu of repairing or replacing Drake… Continue Reading Drake damage apparently not as bad as feared

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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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Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors – essentially City Council in a different role – is seeking 10 Springs residents to be part of a task force charged with developing and evaluating requests for proposals regarding a study to decommission and remove the Martin Drake power plant, located in the downtown corridor. Residents should be… Continue Reading CSU board seeks volunteers to study Drake decommission

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The Martin Drake power plant  in downtown Colorado Springs was listed among 353 coal-fired plants in the country that are “ripe for retirement” in a report from the Union of Concerned Scientists released today. The Union of Concerned Scientists is a science-based nonprofit that started as a collaboration between students and faculty at the Massachusetts… Continue Reading Drake listed among coal plants ‘ripe for retirement’

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Following a long, contentious and apparently unadvertised public hearing, the Colorado Springs City Council, acting as the Utilities Board, declined to revisit their July 18 decision to finish installation of the $130 million Neumann Systems pollution control system on the downtown Drake power plant and defer any study of the plant’s future until 2013. News… Continue Reading Despite complaints, Utilities refuses to reconsider Drake decision

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Judgment day is fast approaching for Neumann Systems Group and its technology, which purports to clean sulfur dioxide emissions in coal-fired power plants. Next month, Colorado Springs Utilities will make a final recommendation — a “go or no go” — on whether to move forward with the technology, said Drew Rankin, general manager of energy… Continue Reading Neumann Systems’ emissions tech awaits green light

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