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To turn a phrase from Abraham Lincoln, in 1924 the residents of Colorado Springs voted to create a four-service utility of the people, by the people and for the people. Since then, as a municipal utility, our focus has been on the basics - providing exceptional customer service while keeping costs low. Today we continue to provide electricity, natural gas, water and wastewater services to the Pikes Peak region and our customers still enjoy competitive prices, exceptional hometown service, responsible environmental practices and a voice in how their utility operates.

Recent Comments

Re: “Utilities unveils plan for Pikes Peak access

To Indy readers,

The reporter fails to include many of the facts that we shared with him during a face-to-face interview with project leaders. The concept plan is a significant milestone that deserves more than one-sided reporting.

The proposed recreational activities and facilities in the concept plan strive to ensure a balance of operational needs, environmental stewardship and desired uses. The concept plan is what you may call a toe in the water, as it can, and in all likelihood will, be adapted.

The South Slope habitat is very different from other recreation areas currently open. In addition to the large amount of Bighorn Sheep habitat, there are a number of fens, rare wetlands that take more than 1,000 years to form. To make comparisons with Denver or Aurora watersheds is difficult. We only need to look at the Hayman Fire to know what fire can do to a community’s water supply.

In terms of bighorn sheep and lambing, this is credible data from the Department of Wildlife, who has been tracking the sheep via radio collaring.

Also not included in the article is that Mr. Malocsay is a member of the public advisory group that has been involved in and influenced the process for the last two years.

The reporter was invited, as was the entire community, to participate in Tuesday’s open house meeting. Were he there, he would have learned that many of the more than 100 citizens in attendance supported the ideas behind and included the concept plan.

This does not mean the plan is a done deal. Because this is a concept plan, it does not include how implementation of the plan will be funded and maintained, as well as who will manage the area. That information will be developed in future plans and must be approved by the Utilities Board (City Council).

I encourage everyone to check out the concept plan on our website www.csu.org. The plan is easy to understand and clearly spells out the opportunities and challenges for recreation in an area such as this. As a hiker, camper, mountain biker, angler and backpacker, I plan on participating.

Patrice Quintero
Colorado Springs Utilities

Posted by Colorado Springs Utilities on 01/28/2010 at 10:16 AM

Re: “Letters

In response to the June 18 letter “Solar vs. Coal,” we would like to provide information about the renewable energy projects currently underway at Colorado Springs Utilities.

In partnership with the U.S. Air Force and in support of their sustainability goals, we are preparing to build a two megawatt solar power plant on USAF Academy grounds.

The Cascade Hydro Power Plant is being built near Highway 24 and the Pikes Peak Highway. Upon completion, the facility will generate about 850 kilowatts of electricity using water from the north slope of Pikes Peak. That's enough electricity for about 600 homes.

We are testing woody biomass that could help generate electricity. By burning pine beetle-kill trees, forest thinnings and other wood products in our existing boilers, we have the potential to create energy in a sustainable manner, reducing the amount of coal used at our power plants.

And, we are negotiating a purchase power agreement to buy 50 megawatts of wind energy from Clipper Windpower. The wind project will provide approximately three percent of Colorado Springs’ power beginning in 2011. Wind turbines for the project are expected to be constructed in eastern El Paso County.

These projects build on our long-standing commitment to environmental stewardship. For decades, we’ve use hydroelectricity to help power our community, and our existing wind power program is sold out.

We continue to explore options that balance environmental stewardship, reliability and cost. For more information, visit www.csu.org.

Tom Black, P.E.
Chief Energy Services Officer

Posted by Colorado Springs Utilities on 06/30/2009 at 10:36 AM

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