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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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Water woes send ripple through economy

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The water shortage hit Colorado Springs like a sucker punch, except in this case it was telegraphed two years in advance. Colorado had already endured consecutive years of drought, but spring came and the water flowed. By the time the Colorado Springs City Council invoked mandatory conservation measures, water supplies were seriously low, and consumers… Continue Reading Water woes send ripple through economy

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Sales tax revenue skid ends – barely

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The slide in city sales and use tax revenue has stopped, at least for now. The city’s sales and use tax for August increased 2.27 percent over the prior year period. Sales tax actually dropped by .81 percent, but use taxes increased by just over 40 percent. An example of a use tax would be… Continue Reading Sales tax revenue skid ends – barely

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Real Estate Briefs September 13, 2002

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Aloha…A Post- Vacation Perspective Just when you thought Colorado Springs was the only locality faced with environmental challenges (e.g., the Preble mouse), consider Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. The “Big Island” relies heavily on Highway 19 (which loops the entire island). Unfortunately, some parts of the highway narrow to two slow lanes near the coffee plantations. In an… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs September 13, 2002

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Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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Congratulations this week to the City of Fountain for its 2002 designations as one of the country’s top ten “All American Cities.” Mayor Ken Barela and City Manager, Greg Nyhoff, along with the Fountain City Council definitely get credit for raising the awareness, the commitment and the money (the national competition requires that a city… Continue Reading Real Estate Briefs August 2, 2002

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A pipeline that would provide water to small, financially strapped towns in southern Colorado could be in service quicker if Congress acts on a bill introduced by Congressman Bob Schaffer, R-Colorado. The bill provides for expedited construction of the Arkansas Valley Conduit, which would provide water directly to recipients from the Pueblo Reservoir. The bill… Continue Reading CO Congressman wants to speed up water pipeline project

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Colorado Springs Utilities’ water conservation message is reaching some – but water savings so far are about six percent below the 20 percent target number. Since implementing stage two water restrictions on June 11, residents have cut back water use by about 14 percent. On June 30, residents used over 134 million gallons of water.… Continue Reading Water shortages: some get it, some don't care

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