There are two new sulfur dioxide mandates that impact our power plants in 2017. The first is the National Ambient Air Quality Standards and the second is the Regional Haze Rule.She further explains, in response to questions, that Unit 5 at Drake does not have the Neumann technology attached and will be decommissioned at year's end.
In accordance with the National Ambient Air Quality Standards, the state of Colorado must demonstrate that areas around power plants meet sulfur dioxide air quality standards. At each the Drake and Clear Spring Ranch campus (where Nixon Power Plant is located), the state has chosen to demonstrate that air quality standards are met through an emission limit (1,995 tons per year at each site) that becomes effective Jan. 1, 2017.
In order to meet this limit at the Drake Power Plant, we committed to ending operations of Unit 5 by the end of 2016 and partial operation of the scrubbers during 2017. As for Nixon, our projected SO2 emissions at Clear Springs Ranch demonstrate compliance with these new limits. Once scrubbers at Nixon are commissioned in the fall of 2017, projected SO2 emissions will be even further below this limit.
Starting Jan. 1, 2018, the more stringent Regional Haze emissions limits take precedence. One of our responsibilities under the Regional Haze Rule is to meet a sulfur dioxide emission limit (0.13 lb/mmbtu for Drake’s Units 6 and 7 and 0.11 lb/mmbtu on Nixon Unit 1, each on a 30-day rolling average). Scrubbers are required on both of our coal-fired power plants to comply with these mandates.
As of Sept. 26, we took full control of the Neumann scrubbers on Units 6 and 7 at the Drake Power Plant. As you can see from the chart, the scrubbers are successfully demonstrating that we can reduce SO2 emissions to levels that will allow us to comply with new permit limits, including the Regional Haze requirements, in 2017. Our workforce has been trained to provide operational and mechanical support for the scrubbers and will be working over the next year to optimize the system.
As I already mentioned, we are also installing scrubbers at the Nixon Power Plant. Construction will wrap up in the spring and we expect to commence system testing in the fall of 2017 in order to meet the year-end deadline.
Club Q Colorado Springs is proud to announce its 4th annual Thanksgiving day community dinner. This year Club Q has teamed up with local non-profits, Springs Equality, United Court of the Pikes Peak Empire and Colorado Springs PrideFest to provide over 100 dinners. Along with generous donations from Whole Foods and personal donors.
This years dinner will be served from 6-8pm at Club Q 3430 N. Academy Blvd, Colorado Springs, CO 80917. Dinner will be free of charge and open to the public and all ages.
Nic Grzecka, Co-owner of Club Q, started serving Thanksgiving dinner to the public 4 years ago and has continued to grow the yearly event to serve over 100 people. “I believe everyone should have a safe warm place to enjoy this holiday with” says Grzecka “not everyone is lucky enough to have a family that will accept them into their homes”… “We want to make sure people with no family in town or people who consider us family can enjoy thanksgiving together”
“We are so proud of the individuals and organizations that have stepped to ensure this event can grow to serve many more people.”
“We are also excited to work with SCAP (Southern Colorado Aids Project) as our sponsor for our Christmas Community Dinner as well.”
Springs Rescue Mission Needs Turkeys to Help Feed the Hungry for Thanksgiving
November 10, 2016, Colorado Springs, CO. – Springs Rescue Mission (SRM) is collecting turkeys on Friday, Nov. 11 to distribute and feed to Colorado Springs’ families and neighbors in need.
As part of the Turkey Team, which consists of Care and Share Food Bank and Catholic Charities, SRM’s goal is to collect more than 800 turkeys to help feed the hungry in our community.
SRM is asking the community to make Thanksgiving a reality for those in need by donating turkeys.
Turkeys can be dropped off at Springs Rescue Mission, located at 1 West Las Vegas St., Colorado Springs, CO, 80903. Turkeys will be accepted between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.
“Our wonderful and caring community consistently shows its generosity and we believe that they will again display their goodwill and enable this partnership to exceed its goal,” said Larry Yonker, Springs Rescue Mission President & CEO.
The turkeys will be used at SRM’s annual Thanksgiving meal that takes place at the City Auditorium on Nov. 23rd. Turkeys will also be provided to families who visit SRM’s family services for food.
Springs Rescue Mission exists to see lives transformed and filled with hope as our community works together to fight homelessness, poverty and addiction.
The marijuana legalization movement forged decisively ahead this election, though under a new shadow of doubt cast by Donald Trump’s victory.
See next week’s CannaBiz for more on what changes at the federal level could mean for the legal cannabis industry. (Spoiler: we really don’t know yet.) Today, however, find solace in the news that our neighbors to the south rejected efforts to roll back retail marijuana sales in both the city and county of Pueblo.
Election Day dragged into the next day, thanks to an overloaded server that caused long lines at polling places and long delays in reporting the results. While the results aren't final, over 70,000 people appear to have cast their votes on Proposition 200 — the Pueblo County measure that would’ve shut down over 160 retail marijuana businesses — according to unofficial results posted on the county clerk’s website. Of those, 57 percent voted "no" — a larger margin than initially passed retail marijuana it four years ago.
Voters also rejected Proposition 300, the city’s equivalent of Prop 200.
The results further validate arguments made by opponents of the measure during campaign season that Pueblo voters have already demonstrated they’re cool with recreational marijuana, despite insistence on the other side that they’re having second thoughts. Spokesman for the pro-pot campaign, Growing Pueblo’s Future, and owner of Mesa Organics, Jim Parco called the vote a clear message.
“[Citizens] have seen the positive impacts that the regulated, retail marijuana industry has had in Pueblo County,” he said of the results. “We were the first [state] to legalize, regulate and tax adult-use retail marijuana, and now, the first [county] to decisively defeat prohibitionists in a do-over vote.”
In celebrating the victory, Parco also announced plans to create the first ever National Marijuana Museum in Pueblo. Owner of Legacy Homes in Pueblo Branson Haney will chair the community-based steering committee.
“With now more than 30 states having legalized marijuana, we have entered a new era where society is finally acknowledging that the benefits of legalized cannabis far outweigh the costs,” he said on election night. “With Pueblo County as the leader in the national legalization effort, it is now time to lead the effort on improving education and knowledge of marijuana’s rich history — scientifically, socially and culturally. And we’re going to do it right here in Pueblo, Colorado.”
To stay up-to-the-minute with the museum’s progress, follow their Facebook page for updates.
Bernie Sanders to Campaign for Hillary Clinton in ColoradoAnd here's the Bill Clinton information:
On Saturday November 5, Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont will campaign in Colorado for Hillary Clinton. At an afternoon Get Out the Vote rally in Colorado Springs, he will contrast Clinton's plan to build an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top, with Donald Trump's plans, which would benefit himself and millionaires and billionaires like him.
At the rally, Sanders will also talk about Clinton's plans to raise the minimum wage to a living wage, combat climate change and move to sustainable energy, make public colleges and universities tuition free, and end a broken criminal justice system. Most importantly, he will emphasize the need to defeat Trump and make Clinton our next president.
More voters have voted in Colorado than at this point in 2012, and Senator Sanders will urge Coloradans to continue that trend and return their ballots early. So far in the state, more Democrats have returned their ballots early than Republicans, in contrast to the 2012 election.
More details about this trip will be released soon. Members of the public interested in attending this event can RSVP here.
Days Before Election Day, President Bill Clinton to Campaign for Hillary Clinton in Colorado
On Friday, November 4, just days before Election Day, President Bill Clinton will campaign for Hillary Clinton with a morning event in Pueblo and afternoon events in Denver and Fort Collins. While in Colorado, President Clinton will lay out the stakes of November's election and discuss his wife’s vision of an America that is stronger together, with an economy that works for everyone, not just those at the top.
More voters have voted in Colorado than at this point in 2012, and President Clinton will urge Coloradans to continue that trend and return their ballots early. So far in the state, more Democrats have returned their ballots early than Republicans, in contrast to the 2012 election.
Get Out The Vote With President Clinton in Pueblo
WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 10:00AM MDT, Doors Open at 8:30AM MDT
WHERE: Pueblo Union Depot, 132 W B St, Pueblo, CO 81003
Get Out The Vote With President Clinton in Denver
WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 1:15PM MDT, Doors Open at 11:30AM MDT
WHERE: Exdo Event Center, 1399 35th St, Denver, CO 80205
Get Out The Vote With President Clinton in Fort Collins
WHEN: Friday, November 4, 2016 at 3:45PM MDT, Doors Open at 2:30PM
WHERE: New Belgium Brewery, 500 Linden St, Fort Collins, CO 80524