Get in on power plan

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Drake Power Plant south of downtown is one of two coal-burning units the city relies on for electricity. - FILE PHOTO
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  • Drake Power Plant south of downtown is one of two coal-burning units the city relies on for electricity.

Residents are invited to participate in Colorado Springs Utilities' study of how it meets the power needs of its 200,000+ customers as work on the Electric Integrated Resource Plan continues.

This process will result in how much the city relies on fossil fuels — coal-burning Drake and Nixon power plants — or whether renewable energy will make inroads as a power supply.

The second of three public meetings will be held from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 9, at Library 21C, 1175 Chapel Hills Drive. It should be an interesting session.

Here's more from Utilities:
As part of the EIRP, Utilities staff and the project’s Customer Advisory Group have been developing potential scenarios for planning for energy demand out to the year 2044.

“The scenarios are based on certain assumptions and driven by stakeholder expectations,” says Project Manager Katie Hardman. “There are thousands of potential options based on factors we know today that will influence future energy planning, such as: growth, electric demand, environmental regulations, changing technologies and commodity pricing.”

At the April 9 meeting, staff will give a brief overview of the process and explain scenario development. Then, attendants will break into small-group discussions to review potential scenarios based on future conditions, and staff will capture comments.

For more information, visit the project web page at: csu.org/Pages/eirp-r.aspx.

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