Like it or not Cimarron is long overdue for a make over. As the entrance to the Rocky Mountains it should have always been a majestic drive. At this time it is a great example of urban blight with empty buildings, junk yards, an abandoned factory, a fence that forbids exit off this road and a creek that has not seen flood control in a 100 years. The crime is Colorado Springs was allowed to treat this portion of the west side as a dumping ground and will be barely responsible for its recovery if this 2 year construction project achieves that. There aren't that many homes along Highway 24 that will be directly affected unless you consider the mobile home parks. I won't miss seeing these unsustainable aluminum boxes. The concern for me is the construction and recovery will stop at the mouth of Ute Pass. This Pass should be further developed with biking and hiking trails and businesses that support this tourist activity. Why this opportunity has escaped the attention of Colorado Springs for over 200 years is the real mystery. It indicates the only sustainable thing CS city government can offer is ignorance.
The only good thing about CSU's stingy renewable energy program and policies is that Colorado Springs workers trying to get into the renewable energy industry don't get extorted and screwed by the NABCEP requirement to even get in this industry. The renewable energy industry is requiring all potential workers to spend thousands of dollars on NABCEP certification training and tests before they are allowed to work in this industry. The renewable energy industry has turned certification requirement into a cash cow and they are milking it.
Colorado Springs Utilities has one of the most unsustainable renewable energy policies of any utility in the state. CSU requires any renewable energy power produced to first be applied to the grid and then requires the end user to buy back electric power from them at a retail rate. This policy is a deliberate attempt to discourage consumers from investing in renewable energy and to maintain control of electric power generation in this region. This policy is not an issue for CSU now because they can handle the modest electric load our shrinking economic community presents. If and when the time comes that economic growth expands the load beyond their capacity to handle CSU will be screaming for the contribution of renewable energy generators.
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