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A federal designation that the entire state of Colorado is a national drought disaster area further reinforces pleas from the Colorado Springs City Council for residents to conserve water. It also amplifies the importance of Colorado Springs Utilities director Phil Tollefson’s speech to members of the Greater Colorado Springs Economic Development Corporation. The importance of… Continue Reading CO named drought area; water dispute escalates

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Go ahead, run those sprinklers every day – but be aware, it will cost you. Ignore the rules and you’ll pay at least an extra $150, and maybe more, if a proposed plan for new water rates is adopted by City Council. Voluntary water conservation hasn’t worked so far, as a voluntary request a few… Continue Reading Drought may dramatically increase water rates

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Voluntary water conservation isn’t working in Colorado Springs. Since the city recently asked residents to cut consumption by 10 percent, consumption has risen over 30 percent for the same period a year ago. At a news conference, Colorado Springs Mayor Mary Lou Makepeace asked residents to be considerate of the voluntary water reduction because of… Continue Reading Colorado Springs mayor seeks water conservation

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Before a couple hundred single-family homes could join the pristine wildlife on an estimated 130-acre plot of land near the Big Johnson Reservoir, developers would have to overcome myriad obstacles. The biggest question, however, may be why anyone would want to live there in the first place. The area in northwest Colorado Springs had been… Continue Reading Colorado Springs housing developer interested in Big Johnson Reservoir

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City Council passed a resolution Tuesday allowing Colorado Springs Utilities to authorize certain tariff changes to modify its time-of-use services, in which businesses can choose to re-allocate energy usage and save money. Three options are geared toward reducing the cost of electricity for commercial and industrial users, said Dennis Senger, pricing manager for Colorado Springs… Continue Reading New resolution allows utility pricing changes

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Is energy deregulation right for Colorado?

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Millions of years ago, dinosaurs walked the earth. They didn’t have to worry about heat when it was cold outside or lighting a gas stove to cook food. Little did Tyrannosaurus Rex realize that his remains, also known as fossil fuel, would provide man with needed energy to survive many epochs later. Energy exists as… Continue Reading Is energy deregulation right for Colorado?

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With the cost of energy rising and many businesses finding themselves in a financial pinch one local school system may have found a way to keep costs down. Colorado Springs School District 11 recently implemented a pilot program whereby a building’s heating and cooling is produced by a geothermal method. The guinea pig for the… Continue Reading Colorado Springs school implements pilot program for geothermal heating

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