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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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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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