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A new solar company that aims to make solar available to the masses will host an informative question and answer session at Sonterra Grill, 28 S. Tejon St., this evening at 5:30 p.m. SunShare plans to build a community solar garden, which will allow people to lease for a 20-year term solar panels and get… Continue Reading Solar Garden founders to host Q&A happy hour at Sonterra Grill

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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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Utility rates could jump higher with Amend. 60

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Colorado voters this November will decide whether to approve Amendment 60, which would require Colorado Springs Utilities and other government-owned enterprises statewide to begin paying property taxes. That’s the intended aim of the initiative. The unintended consequence? While rolling back property taxes for homeowners, the amendment will at the same time force CSU to raise… Continue Reading Utility rates could jump higher with Amend. 60

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Way outside the norm

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How many human resource employees does a local government, or a local government enterprise, need to function effectively? Judging by the dramatically different staffing levels of two H.R. departments supervised by the same set of elected officials, the answer to that question is not as straightforward as you might expect. The City of Colorado Springs,… Continue Reading Way outside the norm

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CH2M Hill, CSU share national award

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CH2M Hill and the City of Colorado Springs were awarded an Outstanding Achievement in Public/Private Partnerships Award for their work with Mayor Lionel Rivera and Colorado Springs Utilities. The award was given during yesterday’s meeting of the National Conference of Mayors in Las Vegas. The entities worked together on the Fountain Creek Recovery Project, an… Continue Reading CH2M Hill, CSU share national award

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Colorado Springs to appeal Pueblo water ruling

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In this month’s Reed Construction Data report about the Rocky Mountain region, comes news that Colorado Springs Utilities is ready to appeal a November water line ruling of Pueblo District Court Judge Dennis Maes to the Colorado Court of Appeals. CSU plans to build a $1 billion pipeline to carry water from Pueblo Reservoir up… Continue Reading Colorado Springs to appeal Pueblo water ruling

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Springs among state’s biggest water savers

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An independent policy group has given Colorado Springs high marks for its strides in water conservation. Springs’ single-family residential per capita water use decreased 32 percent since 2000, according to a report released this week from Western Resource Advocates. Per Capita Water Use Gallons per person per day in Colorado Springs   2000 2005 2006… Continue Reading Springs among state’s biggest water savers

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Green gas plant plans on hold

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Xcel Energy Inc. will delay the construction of a Colorado state-of-the-art power plant that uses environmentally-friendly coal converted to gas technology to generate power. Xcel is the state’s largest utility provider, delivering electricity and natural gas to more than two-thirds of Colorado’s residents. Construction of a new “integrated gasification combined cycle,” power plant was anticipated… Continue Reading Green gas plant plans on hold

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Energy Outreach Colorado plans to distribute $9.36 million statewide through its 2007-08 programs to help households afford home energy. The money which Energy Outreach raises through thousands of donations from individuals, foundations, corporations and government sources, includes: $5.4 million for energy assistance payments contributed to a statewide network of 100 assistance agencies that operate year… Continue Reading $9.3 million for state energy assistance this year

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Utilities rate hikes on tap for 2008

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Average monthly residential utility bills based on second quarter 2007 data Loveland $112.76 Colorado Springs $116.00 Pueblo $129.61 Gunnison $135.29 Glenwood Springs $151.64 Grand Junction $155.98 Denver $157.18 Greeley $163.10 Colorado Springs Utilities is proposing rate increases for wastewater disposal and natural gas use during 2008. No change is proposed for electricity and water rates.… Continue Reading Utilities rate hikes on tap for 2008

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