by Pam Zubeck
Tomorrow, the City Council sitting as the Utilities board will hear a briefing on the Waldo Canyon fire, the damage it did, costs to ratepayers and other information.
Among the actions Colorado Springs Utilities is taking is to adjust water bills for those who lost their homes so they can re-establish vegetation. But the price break is for a limited time only. From the briefing:
Mountain Shadows Building and Reconstruction
Vegetation Restoration Adjustment - Rate adjustment for limited irrigation
•For residential or business customers re-establishing native vegetation in burn area
•30 percent decrease on the cost of their water consumption.
•The program is effective July through Oct. 31, 2012
•“Building Back Green” post-fire rebuilding efforts to enhance energy and water efficiency
•Rebates for Whole Home Performance (builders) and individual efficiency (homeowner)
•Providing tours, consultation, presentations
•On-going support to Colorado Springs Together and City’s Rebuilding Task Force
For more on the briefing, link to the Aug. 22 meeting agenda here. The briefing is toward the end of the backup materials.
In addition, the Sierra Club is mounting opposition to the Utilities Board's decision not to shut down the downtown Drake Power Plant. From a press release:
The Sierra Club will present key background information summarizing recent developments and concerns regarding the Colorado Springs Utilities Board decision to postpone the decommissioning study of the 254 megawatt Martin Drake coal-fired power plant in downtown Colorado Springs.
Public concerns including the extraction and on-site burning of coal and its pollutants, the economic impacts of a downtown coal plant for the regional community, and the intrinsic value of the identity of our regional community are ongoing issues for Martin Drake. Recently, the Colorado Springs Utility Board decided to postpone the study that could have led to the decommissioning of the Martin Drake Coal Plant.
Manitou Springs City Council will hear public comment and consider Resolution No 2512, “a Resolution Encouraging the Colorado Springs Utilities Board to Study the Decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant During the Year 2012 Rather Than Postponing the Study.”
Recently the air quality monitors in Manitou Springs and Air Force Academy show violations of the federal air standards for ozone.
Who: Bryce Carter, Associate Organizing Representative
Sierra Club Colorado Beyond Coal Campaign
What: Resolution of Manitou Springs City Council to encourage Colorado Springs Utilities to revote on their decision to postpone decommissioning study
Where: 606 Manitou Avenue
Manitou Springs, CO 80829
When: Tuesday August 21, 2012 @ 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM (Agenda Item 10)