Freeing you from flannel on Valentine's Day

Published: 2/14/2018  1:23 PM
It’s Valentine’s Day – a time for love, passion, overpriced chocolate, foot massages, oily back rubs, flowers, Barry White (for you older kids), Drake (for you younger kids?), panicked guys scrambling at the last minute to buy overpriced chocolate w ...

Colder weather means higher bills

Published: 2/8/2018  9:50 AM
Often, when I talk to friends on the east coast, they are surprised how mild the winters in Colorado can be compared to the northeast. This winter has been mild as well, with the exception of a string of days in late December, when we finally got hi ...

Animals & Predictions

Published: 2/5/2018  4:03 PM
​If Friday had a theme, it’d be animals and predictions. Feb. 2 - that day when sleepy, morning eyes gaze upon Punxsutawney Phil for a weather forecast. He saw his shadow. Six more weeks of winter. I hope it’s true. Six weeks of winter and a wet spr ...

2017 Highlights

Published: 1/31/2018  1:27 PM
As our community changes—new businesses coming to town, rapid growth of the housing market and Millennials making up a quarter of the U.S. population, just to name a few—Colorado Springs Utilities is changing right along with it. We are changing the ...

There's still time to weatherize

Published: 1/17/2018  10:46 AM
If you've been enjoying the unseasonably warm weather so far this winter - until the last week or so - you're not alone. I've heard several people say they put off the annual chores of preparing their home for winter. While we've been in a bit of ...

​Local students recently participated in FIRST LEGO League’s robotics challenge

Published: 12/27/2017  2:03 PM
Local students recently participated in the first FIRSTLEGO League’s robotics challenge. This year’s theme was the Human Water Cycle and Solving a Hydrodynamic Challenge. Teams completed three parts: •  Identify a real-world water-related challenge, ...

​Drake decision to provide more energy options

Published: 12/20/2017  11:48 AM
The energy industry is changing. To power our city, we are adopting new, efficient and sustainable technologies to better serve our customers and reduce our impacts on the environment. To do this, our Utilities Board on Monday decided to accelerate ...

Collaborating with key community stakeholders

Published: 12/14/2017  9:45 AM
Our Utilities Board is providing a strategic vision as we continue to prepare for the many changes ahead in the utilities industry and our community. Its focus on maintaining competitive rates, while also providing safe and reliable services, illust ...

Top in the nation to restore power

Published: 12/8/2017  10:10 AM
Keeping the lights on is the number one priority for us as an electric utility, and the challenge is greater than ever with everything from weather-related outages to cyber threats. We maintain a high level of reliability due to our dedicated first ...

2018 Rate Changes Approved

Published: 11/28/2017  2:42 PM
When talking about money no one wants to hear about an increase unless it's related to salary, a dividend check or some other sort of payout. Otherwise, we're really only interested in decreases, like the discounts many take advantage of on Black Fr ...

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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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