New Energy Vision adopted

Published: 6/18/2019  12:37 PM
​Energy Vision:Provide resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable, reduces our carbon footprint and uses proven state-of-the-art technologies to enhance our quality of life for generations to come. This is our ...

Turning commodes into roads

Published: 6/17/2019  2:43 PM
Saving water and reusing materials for the benefit of all customers Colorado Springs Utilities employees are constantly looking for new and innovative ways to save our customers money. One of the most creative ideas I'd ever heard of came about in ...

Cool tips to beat the heat and save energy

Published: 6/10/2019  9:21 AM
This summer, we want to help you stay cool and save energy. Here are a few low-cost/no cost ideas that everyone can do today to be comfortable all summer long. Tips for keeping cool and saving energy 1. Drafts aren’t just a cold-weather concern. T ...

How to get your best summer landscape

Published: 6/6/2019  1:58 PM
It’s no secret that the weather in the Pikes Peak region is unpredictable. If you haven’t yet put away your winter sweaters, you’re aware this spring has been cooler and wetter than normal. It can be tempting to forget about your landscape now that ...

Credit rating increase benefits all customers

Published: 5/30/2019  3:52 PM
Colorado Springs Utilities customers have something new to cheer about: this week S&P Global Ratings (Standard & Poor’s) issued a credit upgrade for Springs Utilities from AA to AA+. Why should our customers care? Because our “credit score ...

Helping our youth become water-wise citizens

Published: 5/21/2019  3:20 PM
Fourth graders in Colorado Springs School District 11 will have a new appreciation for our water, and how it gets from “snowflake to tap” after spending time immersed in water education at the Pikes Peak Children’s Water Festival on Friday, May 17. ...

Community input drives Energy Vision

Published: 5/20/2019  2:48 PM
​One of the many benefits of a community owned utility is that you have a voice in the decisions made through public participation. This holds true with the development of our Energy Vision. The new Energy Vision will be our guiding principles that ...

Spring cleaning tips for inside the home

Published: 5/6/2019  3:22 PM
​While the weather this week doesn't exactly feel May-like -- even for Colorado -- it is a good time to tackle some spring cleaning projects inside your house that can help you save you money and use resources more efficiently.Here are a few tips: ...

Four tips for successful spring planting

Published: 5/6/2019  1:49 PM
Spring is in the air. The allure of beautiful plants can cause serious impulse shopping, but before you spend big bucks on plants that look great today, think through how you’ll set the stage for their long-term success. Here are four key considerat ...

Celebrating the men and women who provide our water during Drinking Water Week

Published: 5/2/2019  8:13 AM
​Drinking Water Week is a great opportunity to celebrate and focus on the men and women that provide safe, reliable and high-quality drinking water to our homes, businesses, and schools. Recently I traveled to Washington, D.C. to attend the Associa ...

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Front Range breaks records   

  by  Ellen T.  on  4/11/2019

Front Ranger Power PlantAs 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 system works as a whole.

When power generation fluctuates from renewable sources, like solar, we are fortunate to have a resource we can depend on. It’s called the Front Range Power Plant.

​There are many reasons why this plant is an important asset for our customers now, and will becoming increasingly more important as we add renewable energy to our portfolio. Front Range Power Plant is:


Front Range can be ramped up to maximum output and then turned back off within a few hours. For example, if we have 100 megawatts of solar but clouds roll in causing us to quickly lose 50 of those megawatts, this plant can make that up in less than 5 minutes. This plant can react quickly whether we need more or less generation.


Because of automation and the combustion turbines at this plant, it also requires less staff to operate. Front Range only has about 20 employees. Gas flows through lines and valves directly into the jet-engine-like turbines, which can be ramped up or turned off quickly. Think of them like the engines you see on large planes. (See photos below).

Condensing of steam is managed by an air-cooled condenser that requires far less water consumption in comparison to a traditional wet cooling tower.

 2018 Energy Generation Mix

2018 was a record-breaking year for the plant. We generated over 2.5 million megawatt hours of energy throughout the year. On November 11, 2018 we broke the all-time record for generation in one day: 11,315 megawatt hours.



To the left, you can see our energy generation mix for 2018. Natural gas surpassed all other generation sources, thanks to this plant.





When we produce energy and customers don’t need it, we sell it on the market and make a profit, which in turn keeps rates lower for our customers. As gas prices continue to stay low, Front Range is one of our “cheapest” energy producers.

The cost to run this plant is very low when considering the price of natural gas and the megawatts of energy we produce with it – a lot for a little. It can generate more power than Nixon and Drake power plants and our hydro power plants combined.

Relying more on Front Range is beneficial to our customers in almost every way. It helps us meet many of our customers' diverse needs when it comes to flexibility, efficiency, reliability, cost and environmental stewardship. Book a tour if you are interested in visiting this plant.

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