One month after the Bomb Cyclone

Published: 4/11/2019  12:35 PM
Thank goodness this week’s storm was nowhere near the impact of the one last month. The #BombCyclone that hit us on March 13 made quite an impact on our city. Anyone who has lived in Colorado Springs – even if only for a couple of years – knows to ...



Front Range breaks records

Published: 4/11/2019  9:35 AM
As we integrate more solar energy into our grid in the coming years, some may ask, “How is power generated on cloudy days? Will the community lose power?” To ensure power quality and reliability, our grid operators work tirelessly so that our power ...



Where our water comes from

Published: 4/2/2019  2:53 PM
​If you are like most people, when you turn on the tap to wash your hands, brush your teeth or wash dishes, you never give a second thought to where that water just came from. You never think about the journey those hydrogen and oxygen molecules too ...



Meet some of the dedicated workers who bring us our drinking water

Published: 3/29/2019  8:51 AM
​When you think of dangerous jobs, you probably think of steel workers, roofers, truck drivers, pilots or construction workers. You probably don’t think of employees who work at a water pumping station. But as I discovered first-hand last week, the ...



Largest lineworkers rodeo ever comes to Colorado Springs on March 30

Published: 3/28/2019  9:30 AM
In what is estimated to be the largest national event of its kind, the American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is coming to Colorado Springs on Saturday, March 30. The event is estimated to bring in more than $1 million to the l ...



Continuing shift to renewables, adding storage

Published: 3/20/2019  3:45 PM
We are finalizing negotiations and, in the coming months, will award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation plus a 25-megawatt battery storage system by the end of 2023. At this time, it is the largest energy storage facility announced ...



Five tips for spring landscape cleanup

Published: 3/20/2019  1:13 PM
​As winter draws to a close, your landscape is beginning to wake up. Even though your plants still look dormant, March is a wonderful time to pull on your gardening gloves and start tackling several yard care tasks. If you do these five things in th ...



APPA Lineworkers Rodeo just one of many ways employee volunteers donate their time to the community

Published: 3/20/2019  9:15 AM
​As more than a thousand competitors and spectators converge on Colorado Springs for the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo on March 30, 115 Colorado Springs Utilities employee volunteers will be working behind the scenes to make ...



From bomb cyclones to rodeo competitions, lineworkers embrace safety, efficiency

Published: 3/19/2019  6:23 PM
​The American Public Power Association’s (APPA) Lineworkers Rodeo is the Olympics of electric linemen – the ultimate test of skill in the profession. Colorado Springs is fortunate to host this year’s event March 29-30. On the heels of the March 12 ...



Lineworkers Rodeo just the beginning for 115 power poles

Published: 3/6/2019  1:57 PM
​On March 30, Colorado Springs will host the American Public Power Association’s Lineworkers Rodeo. The event – which will take place at the Rock Ledge Ranch – will bring in more than 78 lineworker teams, 125 lineworker apprentices, 400 total compet ...



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Solutions to repower the Springs   

  by  Amy T.  on  7/26/2018

1506CSU_0666.jpgMany 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 a city of almost half a million people.

Today, the plant continues to generate power with Units 6 and 7, which were built in 1968 and 1974 respectively, as we have decommissioned Units 1 through 5. It is scheduled to be completely closed no later than 2035.
The reliability of this plant has served the Pike Peak Region well, but as we set the stage for its closure, we must first determine how we can repower our city with new transmission and generation.
To help us determine the most reliable, cost effective, and flexible transmission plan that will facilitate for the plant’s closure, we have onboarded a transmission planning consultant called Burns and McDonnell. Working closely together over the next nine months, the teams will identify and evaluate various options and determine a solution that will provide us the ability to best meet our electric demands in the future.
Although power will no longer be generated at the Drake Power Plant site once it closes, this solution will make certain replacement power is delivered to the heart of our electric grid for ensured reliability and safety. These are just the characteristics our customers have come to enjoy and expect about living in Colorado Springs and we want to continue delivering on those promises.
We look forward to announcing in early 2019 a transmission solution that will provide for great flexibility in the decommissioning date of the plant while delivering a continuous, reliable flow of electricity from replacement generation to our customers.
 
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Thank you for this important step. Improvements to the T&D system will be critical to maintaining low and stable prices. Please keep us informed with regular updates!

Tuesday, August 07, 2018  2:23 PM  Lisa Tormoen Hickey

Martin Drake Power Plant has helped Colorado Springs Utilities provided low cost electricity to it'e citizens for the forty years I've lived here. I'm happy with some of it coming from coal as long as proper protections in the mines and health care are provided the miners(where ever they are located) and we use state of the art for 'scrubbing' and protection of the air that comes out of it and for the protection of the environment in general. I would also prefer that the power utilities are city owened and 'makes' money for future improvements and demands.

Monday, October 15, 2018  10:46 AM  Cecilia Conley