by Pam Zubeck
A citizen panel formed to issue a request for proposals for a consultant to analyze how the coal-fired Martin Drake Power Plant fits, or doesn't fit, into the city's energy future is slogging along its path nicely, according to a news release from the city.
Drake, located in lower downtown, provides nearly a third of the city's power, which is delivered by ratepayer-owned Colorado Springs Utilities. The 11-member task force has has held two meetings and set a website to report its progress. So far, it has accomplished:
· Issuing a Request for a Statement of Qualifications (SOQ) seeking a qualified contractor to perform a study of the impacts to the Colorado Springs community of the decommissioning (15 years, sooner or longer than 15 years), removal and possibly repurposing of the Martin Drake Power Plant while also focusing on determining the impacts and energy replacement options.
· Touring the Martin Drake Power Plant to gain more information regarding the plant and its current roll in energy generation.
· Drafting the statement of work for the Request for Proposal (RFP) and reviewing examples of evaluation criteria.
· Developing and launching a website to inform the community of the latest Task Force news, meeting dates, agendas, the RFP and SOQ process, and allowing for public comment through an online submission form. (www.draketaskforce.net)
If you're inclined, you can watch the group at work during its next two meetings, which will take place this Friday, Feb. 8, and Feb. 15 from 9 a.m. to noon in the Pikes Peak Conference Room, City Hall, 107 N. Nevada Ave.