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Creating tomorrow's energy landscape   

Author: Amy  by  Amy  on  9/20/2018

​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. 41334_485A2360_solar2.jpg

The project will bring our renewable energy mix to more than 20 percent by
2024.

“This decision sets the stage for us to create a new energy landscape,” says John Romero, general manager of Energy Acquisition Engineering and Planning. “To better serve our customers in the future, we need to think differently, become more creative and embrace new technology to advance our learning and become a leader in the industry.”

The project, in addition to two solar projects totaling 95 megawatts that will come online in 2020, will change the way we power the Pikes Peak Region for decades to come. Once all are commissioned, we will be able to power more than 75,000 homes annually with this carbon-free energy, while limiting bill impacts to just over 1 percent over 10 years.

We understand our customers have high expectations for their local utility. In addition to safe and reliable service, they want to know that the beauty of the Pikes Peak Region is being preserved for our children and grandchildren. That’s why projects such as this play an integral part in our environmental stewardship.

 
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This is awesome news, keep up the good work moving us forward to our renewable energy future as quickly as we can!

Saturday, October 13, 2018  3:15 AM  Sean Helzer

I'd like to see articles on conservation case studies within our community. We bought our home in 2011, which was built in 1994 by Keller Homes. The first year of ownership, we consumed 10,700kwh of electricity. We had a whole house energy audit done, and were dismayed to learn the breakeven on a high efficiency furnace, air conditioner, and even whole house air sealing would each take 30+ years. We bought a Nissan Leaf in mid 2013, which we drive 8K miles/yr. We trickle charge it at 120v in our garage for all but the rare extended trip. On LED light bulb replacements alone, we covered the additional 2,000 kwh needed to run the car. We insulated the garage, including the garage door with panels from Lowes. We added 6.6kwh of net metered solar panels to our south-southeast facing roof in the Spring of 2015, which had us producing a surplus in 6 months and a deficit in 6 months, coming up short by 600kwh that first year of experience. Changing out a dimmer switch for LED's in the dining room, replacing fluorescent lighting in the garage and kitchen with LED strip lights and replacing low voltage 11 watt T-type bulbs in outdoor deck lighting with LED bulbs saved another 1,000+ kwh/yr. We replaced our windows over 3 years with Milgard energy efficient windows and added honeycomb blinds in 2017. In 2016 we also added infra-red heat reflecting foil in the attic which rolls out over the existing insulation and is stapled in place. In 2018, we are on track to consume less than 7,000 kwh of electricity and our net metered array will generate close to 11,000 kwh by year end, sending 4,000 kwh of excess production back to the grid! Even better is the comfort level we experience in our home as it stays temperate year round. We rarely need to even run A/C anymore and the heat cycles on much less in the winter, saving on gas as well. I wish there was a program to donate that excess production similar to Project COPE as the credit on excess electricity is only $0.028/kwh and would be worth almost 4x that to someone in need at regular rates. I hope this gives others encouragement and ideas on where to start to save on electricity. Connect fees now represent 45% of our CSU utility bills, which are budgeted at $160/mo.

Tuesday, November 06, 2018  6:22 AM  Greg

I'd like to learn more about the billing from CSU after installing solar panels to a home. I know Woodland Park charges a surplus for any electricity used during "dark" hours. Will CSU charge a surplus as well? Or is the solar storage component used for after-dark energy use for the homeowner specifically?

Tuesday, April 30, 2019  9:47 AM  Rea