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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Creating your own weather   

Natalie E  by  Natalie E.  on  12/5/2018

Natural Gas PricesSome say weather affects their mood. I believe that we can create our own weather – like having a sunny attitude on a cloudy day.  In the utilities business, though, creating our own weather isn’t as possible. We can still choose great attitudes, but, the reality is, the weather outside has real impact on utilities.  Weather can increase and decrease the use of our services, can cause system outages and can cause prices to fluctuate.

When you’re talking about natural gas prices even weather forecasts can cause changes. Just last month, unseasonably cold weather combined with low levels of gas in storage and the reality of more natural gas being exported, natural gas prices spiked.  The week before Thanksgiving, natural gas was traded on the market at the highest levels since February 2014. Higher prices are expected to continue through the winter season.

It’s important to us, as your community-owned, not-for-profit utility to always be mindful of what’s happening with the natural gas market and plan as well as possible for price changes and mitigate their impacts.

We typically make adjustments, as necessary, on a quarterly basis to cover changes in fuel markets.  We last made changes on Nov. 1 and anticipate another for February 1, 2019. Since we directly pass through changes to fuel costs (up or down) directly to our customers, we expect an increase this winter.  And, then, we expect prices to come down for the following quarter, and anticipate passing that along May 1, 2019.

In the meantime, we’ll keep close watch on the markets and continue to concentrate on mitigating rising fuel costs as much as we can.

What can you do? 
1. Be efficient with your use.  Check out our no-cost/low cost tips to get the most out of your energy dollar.
2. Have a sunny outlook on a cloudy day. 
3. Enjoy the holiday season.

 
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