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New Energy Vision adopted   

  by  Amy T.  on  6/18/2019

​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 new Energy Vision that will serve as our guiding principle for planning future energy resource needs for Colorado Springs. It was adopted earlier this week at our Utilities Board meeting.

“Adoption of this Energy Vision formalizes our path as we work on our Electric and Natural Gas Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs) to stay true to our mission of providing safe, reliable and cost-effective energy for our customers today and generations to come,” says Phil Tunnah, our Systems Planning and Projects Division Chief Officer.

We have already reduced carbon emissions from 2005 levels and will continue with the adoption of this Energy Vision. This will be realized by the continued shift to renewable energy, addition of a battery storage system and the decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant. By 2024, we will power Colorado Springs with more than 264 megawatts of solar power. 

“We appreciate all community members who participated in this extensive public outreach process. As it is our focus to serve our customers every day, it is imperative that our community’s values and priorities are reflected in our new Energy Vision,” explains Tunnah.

The Energy Vision is supported by four strategic pillars.

1. Economic: Cost-effective and equitable initiatives that drive a strong economy.
2. Environment: Sustainable solutions that complement our natural resources.
3. Resiliency: Reliably withstand and recover from disturbances in a dynamic environment.
4. Innovation: Proactively and responsibly evolve in a transforming landscape.

The goals for each of the pillars will be formalized within our IRP process which has commenced under the guidance of the Utilities Policy Advisory Committee. The 2020 IRP will become the roadmap for meeting the energy needs of Colorado Springs over the next 30 years. Submission of this IRP to the Utilities Board is expected in late summer 2020.

Our customers are invited to participate in the IRP process and help shape the future of energy in Colorado Springs. We are planning our first IRP public meeting to take place in the coming months.

 
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Your comment cost effective is total is totally blown out of proportion. I would say it close to lying to the public. It’s a proven fact in North America and the world that solar or wind is not viable. What is a proven fact is that the eventual increase in the utility rate will continually increase. Where the average citizen will have to choose between paying for utilities or food and medications. You people have all bought into the biggest scam in history. Thinking you will save the planet. The earth will end when the Sun burns out. This is a money scam and global power scam. The weather has always changed and man has Zero control. The sun and volcano eruptions have more to do with the weather then all the people and animals on the earth. Where were the people during dinosaur days? Palm trees in the arctic? The ice age? The UN told us years ago that Manhattan would be under water 20 years ago.
The people that profit are the likes of the liberals, Al Gore, the elite and the one World Order. You people are the biggest fools around helping these people to eventually control
you, your families and your children. You are wishful thinkers, take your head out of the sand and start think logical instead of being sheep and listening to a few board heavy weights.

Thursday, July 11, 2019  5:32 PM  Sieg Schewe

Great start to developing a road map to energy independence! Sustainability is a key attribute to achieving this goal. If you focus on sustainable solutions, the economics and resiliency pillars should naturally be supported. Our energy portfolio should be diverse and we need to take full advantage of our individual geographical landscape diversity.

I would like to know more about the IRP and if there is any synergy with the energy codes (IECC) - how do they support one another for the overall vision?

Great to hear the news on all the new Solar production facilities and exciting news about incorporating battery storage.

Keep up the good work!

Thursday, July 11, 2019  6:12 PM  Dan R.

I was truly hoping that we had intelligent council members . Council was scammed into believing a CEO was worth $400.00 salary. This Scam is still and should have been a wake up call. Now our so called representatives have been caught up in another scam with this fake so called community service.

Thursday, July 11, 2019  7:11 PM  Earl Miller

Thanks for moving forward to a better future for our families. I appreciate the economies of scale make change difficult for utilities when trying to be affordable as possible. I am happy you are taking this step

Thursday, July 11, 2019  7:21 PM  Brian

I am so glad to see our utilities switching to more renewables. And battery power! So much can be done to create ways to better use
resources while improving our economy and the ability to enjoy our world. Thanks! Glad to be part of the process.

Thursday, July 11, 2019  8:31 PM  Carolyn Pyeatt

Thank you for saving us money by getting us off coal.

Friday, July 12, 2019  8:36 AM  Nicole Rosa

Dear Amy,

I love to see what CSU is doing in the solar arena to be more environmentally friendly--thanks! I would love to share an additional idea that may be worth looking into as well.

Have you seen these article on how Sweden uses trash to fuel it's energy needs (in large part)?!
How about we adopt this idea in our city plan--killing two birds with one stone so to speak--in terms of renewable energy needs and not needing landfills!
See: https://science.howstuffworks.com/environmental/green-tech/energy-production/sweden-is-great-at-turning-trash-to-energy.htm
and
https://energynews.us/2013/10/17/midwest/is-burning-garbage-green-in-sweden-theres-little-debate/

Sincerely,
Mark

Friday, July 12, 2019  2:59 PM  Mark Hoffman

I think the element missing in the vision statement is "secure". In today's world of information technology and constant threats to energy infrastructure, it should be a equal consideration to the others mentioned. I have not heard much discussion about this aspect when it clearly is a primary concern in power availability.

Saturday, July 13, 2019  9:17 AM  AC