Utilities board becalms wind power plans
Former Mayor Lionel Rivera, who has been a critic of the wind plan, called the decision "good news for our community." Rivera argued that Utilities won't need additional generating capacity for years to come and has invested heavily in Neumann Systems Group's clean coal technology.
February 23, 2012
by Andrew Wineke and Daniel Chacon
in The Gazette
The Colorado Springs Utilities board on Wednesday shelved plans to buy 50 megawatts of wind power in the coming year, with board members saying it was just too expensive.
Plans to add the wind energy had been in the works for months and Utilities had narrowed the bidding to several finalists, but adding the renewable power would have increased average utility bills by 1-2 percent and the proposal was criticized by some local industries.
"I'm just a no," board member Angela Dougan said. "We can't do this to our ratepayers at this time."
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