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City Council to reconsider utilities’ CEO compensation

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

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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  By Amy Gillentine and John Hazlehurst For decades, the steam from the Martin Drake Power Plant has dominated the Colorado Springs skyline. It’s so much a part of the city’s landscape, it’s hard to imagine a time when vast clouds of steam wouldn’t envelop downtown. Those clouds are both literal and metaphorical, because the… Continue Reading Re-imagine Drake: Possibilities are endless — and also sprawling

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The man behind the Neustream coal-cleaning technology, Dr. David Neumann, has long been under attack from City Councilor Tim Leigh, and now Neumann is fighting back. Neumann, CEO of Neumann Systems Group, has sent two letters to the City Attorney’s office asking for an ethics investigation of Leigh, claiming that Leigh not only is spreading falsehoods… Continue Reading UPDATED: Neumann fires back with request for ethics investigation of Tim Leigh

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No need for rush to judgment on Utilities

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We have so much going on in Colorado Springs right now. Too much, really, to add something more of huge importance. Just to make the point, let’s share a quick list of immediate priorities: The city faces a growing urgency to address its approach to oil and gas drilling inside the city limits, clearing the… Continue Reading No need for rush to judgment on Utilities

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Community solar garden gets first site

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The first community solar garden in Colorado Springs is set to break ground… Continue Reading Community solar garden gets first site

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