Poles need love too

Published: 8/17/2018  3:00 PM
​ Did you know that every year, Colorado Springs Utilities inspects and tests 4,000 electric wood poles? It takes about 8 to 12 weeks to complete the work. In fact, that’s only a fraction of the poles that serve up power to our community. There is ...

Colorado Springs Utilities moves forward with model water-sharing agreement

Published: 8/17/2018  8:31 AM
​Over the past year, the Colorado Springs Utilities Water Resources team has been working behind the scenes on a history-shaping agreement within the Colorado water industry. Last month Springs Utilities and the Lower Arkansas Water Management Assoc ...

So easy a rabbit can do it

Published: 8/10/2018  2:19 PM
811 Day is tomorrow, and that means we’ve been reminding our customers to contact 811 before they dig. A large percentage of our electric, natural gas, water and wastewater mains and service lines are underground and out of sight, and very dangerous ...

Is an electric vehicle in your future?

Published: 7/31/2018  2:38 PM
​Are you one of the millions of Americans that say the next car they buy will be an electric vehicle (EV)? A survey released earlier this year by the American Automobile Association determined that the appetite for electric cars is heating up. The ...

Solutions to repower the Springs

Published: 7/26/2018  1:12 PM
​Many might not know, but when the Martin Drake Power Plant was constructed in 1925, it was on the outskirts of town. Almost a century later, the power generated at the plant, which is now located downtown, has helped grow this once small town into ...

Tips for wise watering during midsummer heat

Published: 7/24/2018  8:17 AM
With the recent hot, dry weather, many people have been watering their landscapes frequently. So how do you use the right amount of water to keep your landscape healthy without waste? Here are four ideas: Water enough, but not too much. You can tak ...

Expanding our renewable energy portfolio

Published: 7/16/2018  6:14 PM
We are excited to announce the start of two utility-scale solar projects that will significantly increase our amount of renewable energy to power the Pikes Peak Region. “We are committed to offering our customers a cleaner, more diverse and affordab ...

8 steps to consider before going solar

Published: 7/16/2018  1:19 PM
Solar energy helps protect the environment, diversifies our energy supply, creates energy independence and reduces our summer peak capacity requirements. But, it's a big investment and, for many, we can sometimes get paralysis by analysis. In other ...

Boulder Place Park rehab project = major win for the community

Published: 7/13/2018  10:30 AM
​             Before                                                                                     After A 10-month long rehab project for our Construction Maintenance Restoration group has turned into a community gem for hundreds of people. ...

Practice wise mulching for water savings

Published: 7/9/2018  8:49 AM
​One of the biggest secrets to growing a beautiful landscape is covering bare soil between plants with mulch. When you choose the right type of mulch, landscape plants stay healthier, and you can save water by reducing evaporation from the soil. So ...

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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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