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Drake damage apparently not as bad as feared

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

SDS: There is no Plan B

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SDS: There is no Plan B

Our water and SDS: Last of a three-part series Few companies have long-term horizons. Managers and shareholders alike understand that they live in a world of creative destruction, described 72 years ago by Joseph Schumpeter as the “process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating… Continue Reading SDS: There is no Plan B

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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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Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

Fifty years from now, residents of Colorado Springs will be pleased the leaders of today developed the Southern Delivery System, say a number of state water specialists. The oft-maligned $898 million project will have the capacity to pump 50 million gallons of Arkansas River Basin water per day north to Colorado Springs. The project is… Continue Reading Utilities analysis: SDS under budget and on time

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City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

After initial discussions in February, the Colorado Springs City Council will consider a revised proposal for a reduced pay adjustment phased in over three years for Colorado Springs Utilities CEO Jerry Forte. A decision will be made at the April 8 Council meeting. A raise would eliminate the CEO’s performance incentive and increase the base… Continue Reading City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

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Item 18 of Tuesday’s City Council agenda seemed routine. “An ordinance amending Ordinance No. 12-108 (2013 Appropriation Ordinance) for $2,000,000 and the Grants Fund in the amount of $10,000,000 for the response and repairs required after the September 2013 flooding. (Finance – Kara Skinner).” Skinner, the city’s chief finance officer, gave a crisp summary. Explaining… Continue Reading Council ventures into realm of dysfunction

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City budgets are interesting snapshots of a particular time — of the beliefs, assumptions and priorities of those who write and approve the documents. What’s emphasized, and what’s minimized? What inconvenient truths are ignored, and what accomplishments aren’t accomplishments at all? And why are city budgets so complex, so difficult to dissect and so infuriatingly… Continue Reading City budget brings new meaning to … light bulbs?

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Solar gardens project draws competition

More than a month after Colorado Springs City Council voted in favor of a plan that would double the scope of the city’s community solar garden program, 10 contractors expressed interest in doing business in the local market. During a mandatory pre-proposal conference held by Colorado Springs Utilities last week, the 10 companies — half… Continue Reading Solar gardens project draws competition

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City Council approves solar garden expansion

Colorado Springs City Council voted Tuesday to expand the solar gardens program at Colorado Springs Utilities. CSU will pay a performance-based incentive of 16 cents per kilowatt hour generated by up to 3 megawatts of solar panels installed in gardens during the first year of the expanded program. The pilot program allowed for 2 megawatts… Continue Reading City Council approves solar garden expansion

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Natural gas prices key to Utilities’ future

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Natural gas prices key to Utilities’ future

What’s the more significant economic driver in Colorado Springs: gas prices — or gas prices? To be clearer, are we more affected by the price of gasoline, or the price of natural gas? We all know what gasoline costs, because we buy it directly. The price we pay includes all costs — exploration, production, refining,… Continue Reading Natural gas prices key to Utilities’ future

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