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Clouds loom over Drake’s future

Clouds loom over Drake’s future

When Colorado Springs Utilities first constructed a coal-fired power plant on the Drake site 80 years ago, it was a reasonable decision. Electricity demand was growing, and generating plants had to be situated near customers, as well as close to a rail line. If the working-class neighbors near the plant didn’t like the soot falling… Continue Reading Clouds loom over Drake’s future

The long-awaited HDR Inc. “Study of Alternatives Related to the Potential Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant” was released earlier this week. As I ploughed through most of its 160 pages, I felt for our hapless city councilors. They’ll have to read it, understand it, and base important decisions on the report’s content. Actually,… Continue Reading Close Drake to save financial, environmental costs

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Suppose it’s 1975, and you love your ’70 Plymouth Superbird and its fire-breathing 440 6-pack. It’s cool, it’s paid for, it’s sleek and it’s fast. Gas is cheap … but wait a minute! The damn government bureaucrats at something called the EPA are changing the rules — some nonsense about smog and lead pollution. You… Continue Reading City faces tough options, and consequences, for Drake

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Drake ranks seventh for pollution in state

The Martin Drake Power Plant in Colorado Springs is the seventh filthiest in the state, according to Environment Colorado, a research and policy nonprofit. “In 2011, [Drake] emitted 1.6 million metric tons of global-warming carbon dioxide pollution, which is about the same as the annual emissions from 34,000 cars,” said Lindsey Wilson, field associate for… Continue Reading Drake ranks seventh for pollution in state

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Drake panel still looks at possible closure

The Drake task force is about one-third of the way through its process of studying the future of the city-owned, coal-fired power plant, and it is conducting a public hearing tonight  to keep people informed of what’s at stake. “We’ve met twice, and we’ve hired a consultant to examine the scenarios about the plant,” said… Continue Reading Drake panel still looks at possible closure

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Neumann and Leigh still battle

The next salvo in the war of words between Neumann Systems Group President Dave Neumann and Colorado Springs City Councilor Tim Leigh won’t be at a public meeting. Neumann asked last week for a special City Council meeting, outlining 16 alleged falsehoods and misstatements made by Leigh about Neumann’s coal-scrubbing technology being installed at Martin… Continue Reading Neumann and Leigh still battle

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Drake task force member tries to sway Bach

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Curious as to whether there was any politicking going on between Mayor Steve Bach’s office and members of the Martin Drake Power Plant task force, CSBJ made an open-records request for any relevant emails. The only result was a revealing exchange between task force member Steve Durham and Bach. Durham has been an active player… Continue Reading Drake task force member tries to sway Bach

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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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Watching the Drake Power Plant and Colorado Springs Utilities debate from afar, it seems to this outsider that the most important issue is missing in action. First, the debate seemed to focus on whether to engage Neumann Systems Group to develop and install supposedly cheaper pollution controls on CSU’s existing coal units to meet the… Continue Reading There’s a missing issue regarding Drake’s future

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Board votes to keep Drake, NeuStream

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Neumann Systems Group and its sulfur dioxide scrubber are back on track after the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors voted to end the slowdown on the project for the Martin Drake power plant. “We’re pleased with the decision,” said Rob Fredell, vice president for Neumann Systems Group. The CSU board of directors – comprised… Continue Reading Board votes to keep Drake, NeuStream

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