A Water Win-Win

Published: 11/15/2018  12:01 PM
​Water news from the Arkansas Valley yesterday is a win-win.  A win for famers and a win for city-dwellers. Late Wednesday, the Fort Lyon Canal Company (FLCC) Board approved to allow a Lower Arkansas Water Management Association (LAWMA) member to d ...

Creating tomorrow’s energy landscape with a new vision

Published: 11/14/2018  4:29 PM
Our world is increasingly revolving around electronics. From your Google Home to your electric vehicle and smart thermostat, the ways in which we all use energy are changing. So too are the ways in which we generate and deliver that energy to you. ...

Funding our Future | 2019 Rates & Budget Approved

Published: 11/13/2018  2:33 PM
Today Colorado Springs City Council unanimously approved our 2019 Budget and 2019 customer rates. Last summer, I was priviliged to work with a team of employees to review the 2019 budget submittal and am proud to share that the 2019 budget is nearl ...

Recognized with Platinum level HIRE Vets Medallion Award

Published: 11/13/2018  2:26 PM
There has been a strong military presence in Colorado Springs for many years, and we're proud to serve those who serve our country. Doing right by our military, though, means more than simply providing safe, reliable utility service. It also means a ...

Trick or Treat for Savings

Published: 10/31/2018  8:49 AM
Trick or treating through the neighborhood, sometimes there is one special house with a candy bowl that stands out from all the others. It’s the place with full-size candy bars. Everyone wants to be at that house with the biggest candy bars, and all ...

Project COPE provides utilities payment assistance

Published: 10/30/2018  2:46 PM
Whether it’s a home-cooked meal or a warm place to lay their heads, our customers count on Project COPE to help when times get tough. Donations to Project COPE make a difference in the lives of so many families. Project COPE is the only local organ ...

Don't be haunted by phantom load

Published: 10/22/2018  10:56 AM
​There are scary things that go bump in the night and then there are scary things that make a bump in your electrical use. Phantom (or vampire) load is the energy that things like your DVD player and microwave use, even when turned off or in standby ...

Focus on Customers

Published: 10/18/2018  12:14 PM
Greetings, I’m Aram Benyamin, the new CEO of Colorado Springs Utilities. It’s an honor to lead your community utility and be a part of the exciting change and growth our community is now enjoying. Already, I’ve received many great ideas and sugges ...

​The public power advantage

Published: 10/8/2018  1:11 PM
Electricity and natural gas. Services we often take for granted. With a flip of a switch, we have light and heat. Yet, providing power is a complex business. Fortunately, there are skilled, dedicated individuals right here in Colorado Springs makin ...

Benyamin sworn in as new CEO

Published: 10/2/2018  9:37 AM
This morning at a special meeting of the Utilities Board, Aram Benyamin, P.E. was formally sworn in as the next CEO by Colorado Springs Mayor John Suthers. “I’m honored for the opportunity to lead Colorado Springs Utilities and be part of the futur ...

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​Compliant with upcoming air quality mandates   

  by  Amy T.  on  11/8/2017

Recently the focus of our emission controls program has been on the reduction of nitrogen oxide (NOx) and sulfur dioxide (SO2) from the Martin Drake and Ray Nixon Power Plants to comply with Colorado’s Regional Haze Compliance Schedule issued in March 2015. Controls for these emissions go into effect at the end of this year.

Last week, we notified the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment (CDPHE) that both power plants are demonstrating early compliance with the more stringent SO2 emissions limit mandates. Compliance for NOx requirements was previously demonstrated and communicated to CDPHE as well.

Our emission controls program, which consisted of commissioning new equipment to control these emissions, is projected to come in $15 million below the $288.5 million budget.

To adhere to new SO2 emissions levels, we installed scrubber systems at the Martin Drake and Ray Nixon Power Plants. With these new systems operating, SO2 levels from Drake are being reduced by 95 percent from 2005 levels. At Nixon, these levels have dropped by 75 percent from 1998 levels.

We are also seeing great results with our NOx controls, in which we installed over-fire air and ultra-low NOx burners on both plants. Since 1998, these controls have reduced NOx emissions by 83 percent from Drake and 68 percent from Nixon.

We are proud to report that all systems are performing as planned to achieve the new compliance limits. This is just the latest example of the work we have done to further improve our community’s air quality. 


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