by Pam Zubeck
A city task force dealing with issues surrounding the downtown Drake Power Plant has been revived to take public comment and provide guidance to a consultant chosen to study aspects of the plant.
The task force first formed last year to draft a request for proposals, which led to the hiring of HDR Engineering to conduct a study of whether to retire the coal-fired plant, and, if so, when.
Now the task force has been reborn, headed by Councilors Val Snider and Andy Pico. Snider was on the first task force; Pico, elected in April, is a newcomer.
Anyway, here's information about the panel's goals and how the public can participate:
The Colorado Springs Utilities Board has commissioned a study to analyze the alternatives and timeframe related to the potential decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant. The study will be completed by the end of 2013, with a decision about the future of the Drake facility expected in 2014.
In phase I of the effort, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was developed and evaluated by a Board-appointed citizen task force. A contract was awarded to outside consultant, HDR Engineering, to perform the study.
Phase II began in May and will explore timeframes related to the potential retirement of Drake. The study will also analyze energy source alternatives for replacement power, considering a broad range of economic, environmental, social, and health impacts. HDR will provide technical, operational and financial analysis.
Utilities Board Member Andy Pico and I represent the Board and are leading the citizen task force to complete the study. We invite you to visit the Drake Study website: www.draketaskforce.net to view the Statement of Work, monthly progress reports and other study documents.
Specifically, we want to call your attention to three critical components of the study:
· Common assumptions
· List of alternatives
· Quantitative work metrics
We encourage you to review these documents and submit your comments online by July 31, 2013. The task force will consider all comments.
In addition to the web site as a source of public information and comment, we will hold two open houses. The dates are:
· August 15, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m.
· November 5, 2013, 6 - 8 p.m.
The open houses will be held at the City Administration Building, 30 S. Nevada Ave.
We will email study progress reports each month.
If you know someone who might like to receive these updates, please forward them this email so they can add themselves to our mailing list.