Now that the Energy Vision for Colorado Springs has been set, citizens are invited to help make it a reality through our Integrated Resource Plans (IRPs).
The Electric and Natural Gas IRPs will consider many views of the future to help determine how we will best meet our Energy Vision. The IRPs are especially important in determining how we invest in energy production resources, and our commitment to meet the future energy needs of the community for the next 30 years.
We will host a series of public workshops to take input concerning the future composition of generating resources, as well as customer expectations for service reliability and energy costs. The next event is Wednesday, Jan. 29 at Pikes Peak Library District 21c, 1175 Chapel Hills Dr., at 6 p.m.
During the meeting, participants will learn about the planning process and attributes that will be used to score the various energy portfolio options. Attendees will also participate in an exercise to prioritize the attributes. This feedback will be used to score the energy portfolios.
The IRPs will be submitted to the Utilities Board for approval this summer.
We are developing the IRPs now because the utility marketplace and the community are changing rapidly, to include local economic development, technological advances, changing market conditions, retiring of coal-fueled generation, customer preferences and regulatory drivers.
Citizens are encouraged to visit csu.org to download key documents associated with the IRPs as they become available and follow us on Facebook and/or Twitter for updates on the planning process. Questions and public input may be submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org.