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Published: 4/3/2020  12:48 PM
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Published: 3/31/2020  2:35 PM
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Published: 3/30/2020  1:30 PM
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No matter the crisis, natural gas employees are helping to keep you safe and provide critical services

Published: 3/16/2020  11:29 AM
​While we’re all focused on the very serious issue that is coronavirus (COVID-19), it’s still a good time to pause and recognize workers in the field -- such as our natural gas workers -- who are always out in the community protecting and serving th ...

New rules. Same Mission.

Published: 3/3/2020  1:16 PM
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Help plan the energy future at public workshop

Published: 1/24/2020  9:00 AM
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​Resolve to save in 2020 and beyond

Published: 1/15/2020  7:00 AM
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​Engaging youth in the future of energy

Published: 1/14/2020  1:23 PM
As a municipal utility, community input – from all ages – is key to the success of our energy planning. After all, our Energy Vision concludes with the statement “to enhance our quality of life for generations to come.” Today’s youth are our future ...

Resolve to be environmentally friendly in 2020

Published: 1/10/2020  2:23 PM
​While January is the time for many to reflect on the past year and set goals for the months ahead, consider some eco-friendly resolutions this year. These practices promote sustainability and reduce overall environmental impact. In some cases, thes ...

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​New solar array now powering Colorado Springs   

  by  Amy T.  on  12/6/2019

Get a bird's eye view of our latest renewable energy project, the Grazing Yak Solar Project. final_3_web.jpg

Consisting of more than 119,000 panels on 278 acres near Calhan, Colo., Grazing Yak will provide 35 megawatts of electricity to our customers. That is enough electricity to power approximately 13,000 homes per year.

“As detailed in our Energy Vision, we are committed to providing resilient, reliable and cost-effective energy that is environmentally sustainable,” said Aram Benyamin, our chief executive officer. “Grazing Yak is one of the latest examples of how we are partnering with entities to change the way we power Colorado Springs, taking advantage of the economics and environmental benefits of solar power.”

For the next 25 years, we will purchase the electricity the array generates from a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, which owns and operates the project.

“We are proud to work with Colorado Springs Utilities to generate more clean, low-cost renewable energy for its customers,” said John Di Donato, vice president of development for NextEra Energy Resources, the world’s largest generator of renewable energy from the sun and wind. “This project also represents a significant economic boost for Colorado, creating good jobs to construct it and millions of dollars in additional tax revenue to benefit its local community for years to come.”

Our customers benefit from private-public partnerships as there are no or low upfront capital costs for us and the private developer can leverage available tax credits to reduce capital system costs.

Grazing Yak, which came online in November, is the second universal-scale solar project producing renewable energy for Colorado Springs. In 2016, we added 10-megawatts of solar energy to our portfolio from the Clear Spring Ranch Solar Array, also owned and operated by a subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources.

In the coming months, another 60 megawatts of solar capacity will be added to our offering.


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All this sounds nice. The fact is its driving up consumer cost. The fancy words the utility uses is its compatible to make it sound like the cost is the same. When it’s not. It is also more costly to maintain. That’s a proven fact. Many companies simple walked away when maintenance cost out stripped the profit and the consumer refused to pay for triple increases of rates. In the end the consumer will pay triple rate increases, not the board. The utility is patting them selves on the back at the consumers expense. But obviously don’t care as long as they can say look how green we are. We did that. Yes what you did was follow the sheep.
That is bad management.

Thursday, December 12, 2019  7:40 PM  Zeke Schewe

It is nice that our energy portfolio continues to diversify. I am proud to be a CSU customer.

Thursday, December 12, 2019  8:22 PM  JB

universal-scale? I believe that should say utility-scale.

Thursday, December 26, 2019  12:36 PM  Sam Masias

Wow! This is incredible!~

I enjoy seeing Solar energy taking over and ya'll have done a great job here with this!


Saturday, March 21, 2020  1:36 PM  John