Creating tomorrow's energy landscape

Published: 9/20/2018  12:36 PM
​Yesterday we took a big step forward in demonstrating our commitment to renewable energy. Our Utilities Board approved the addition of 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus battery storage to our system by 2024. The project will bring our re ...

Baseball, Football and Fall Prep

Published: 9/11/2018  8:14 AM
September is likely my favorite month in Colorado.  In the daytime, it feels like we're getting a second chance at summer, yet, nighttime brings us cool, crisp air. Football season is underway and baseball gets exciting. Our tradition, with Broncos ...

Changing the current collaboratively

Published: 9/6/2018  12:18 PM
When I first traveled through this area in the 1980s I was amazed at its natural beauty. I fell in love with the region, though, in the late 1990s when we decided to call it our home. Like any true love, it gets better with time. Colorado Springs is ...

Labor Day Weekend Checklist: To-dos for fall energy savings

Published: 8/30/2018  1:18 PM
As you may know, Labor Day is a federal holiday to recognize contributions that workers make to our society. The last thing we want to do on your holiday is to add to your workload. But a little effort this weekend can pay off with energy savings al ...

Top three tips for late summer lawn care

Published: 8/27/2018  3:51 PM
With the start of school, football season and trips to the mountains to see the aspens change color, it can be easy to forget about your lawn. Nonetheless, late summer is an important time to fertilize and adjust your watering schedule. By providin ...

Analytics driving force behind enhanced fire hydrant tracking & maintenance

Published: 8/24/2018  8:56 AM
​When it comes to fire hydrants, the coverage area is extensive, the stakes are high and the margin for error is slim. There are approximately 18,000 hydrants under Colorado Springs Utilities’ purview and each are expected to work when needed. Howev ...

CEO finalists announced

Published: 8/23/2018  1:00 PM
​Today, the Colorado Springs Utilities Board of Directors announced the top three finalists for the position of Chief Executive Officer. Former CEO Jerry Forte retired on May 30, 2018, after 12.5 years with Springs Utilities. Nearly 130 candidates ...

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 a ...

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 Asso ...

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 ...

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Next steps for potential SPP membership   

  by  Amy  on  4/4/2018

Early last year, the Mountain West Transmission Group (Mountain West), in which Colorado Spring Utilities is a participant, announced plans to explore potential membership in an existing regional transmission organization (RTO) if electricity market operational benefits could be realized. Subsequently, Mountain West entered into discussions with Southwest Power Pool (SPP).

Last fall, it was announced that Mountain West completed initial discussions with SPP's management team concerning membership in it's RTO. Through these discussions, Mountain West determined that membership in SPP would provide opportunities to reduce customer costs, and maximize resource and electric grid utilization.

More recently, on March 13, SPP's board of directors approved a set of policies defining the terms and conditions of Mountain West Transmission Group’s potential membership in its RTO. SPP’s board also directed its staff and stakeholders to draft amendments to its tariff, bylaws and membership agreement in support of these policies.

This marks a transition in joint efforts by SPP and Mountain West from negotiation toward implementation, subject to subsequent local, state and federal regulatory approvals, via SPP’s public and transparent stakeholder process.

As a member of Mountain West, we continue to evaluate whether participation in this RTO is a good fit for the future of our community and benefits our customers.

As for next steps for us, an in-depth staff presentation and guest speaker providing insight of another organization's experience with an RTO are scheduled for the May Utilities Board meeting. Then, currently projected for no later than third quarter of 2018, we will ask for Utilities Board approval to continue this stakeholder process and join the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) proceeding, requesting FERC approval of the tariff, bylaws and membership agreement amendments agreed to in SPP’s stakeholder process.

While the Mountain West remains optimistic that an RTO would benefit its entire membership, each Mountain West participant will ultimately need to individually evaluate whether potential membership benefits its customers.

Participants in Mountain West include:

  • Basin Electric Power Cooperative, based in Bismarck, N.D.;
  • Black Hills Energy’s three electric utilities in Colorado, South Dakota and Wyoming, subsidiaries of the Rapid City-based Black Hills Corp;
  • Colorado Springs Utilities;
  • Platte River Power Authority, based in Fort Collins, Colo.;
  • Public Service Co. of Colorado, an operating company of Xcel Energy based in Denver;
  • Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, based in Westminster, Colo.; and
  • Western Area Power Administration Loveland Area Projects and Colorado River Storage Project.

Learn more about this effort.


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Bigger is not always better. When will the citizens of Colorado Springs get a voice on this proposal?

Saturday, April 28, 2018  7:00 PM  Lonnie Roberts

Lonnie, all Utilities Board meetings (and City Council meetings) are open to the public and have a public comment item on the agenda. So, you're always welcome to share your input there. You can also send your councilperson and email or give them a call to let them know your thoughts.

Monday, April 30, 2018  10:58 AM  Eric