A $400M wind farming going into El Paso County; Martin Drake coal fired power plant retirement studied; incandescent light bulbs disappearing from store shelves. There is a lot happening in the energy world that impacts you and your community.On behalf of the SouthEastern Chapter of the Colorado Renewable Energy Society, we would like to invite you to an open discussion on how to become better informed and how we all can impact the energy decisions in our community.How to Ensure More Clean Energy in El Paso County7 PM Monday, January 13th, 2014Catamount Institute, 740 W Caramillo St.Colorado Springs, CO 80907RSVP to With your involvement, we look forward to setting the course for a productive new year.
————- Softcopy material on coal supply presented by Leslie Glustrom
2013-02-26 Boulder Energy Future Study Session—Modeling results on page 20 indicate the ability to greatly lower carbon emissions, greatly increase renewable energy and meet or beat Xcel’s current rates. This modeling is generally applicable for Colorado Front Range communities, though of course more accuracy will be gained by substituting data for your community.
Redacted 120 Day Report (from Xcel 2011 Resource Plan, Phase II, Docket 11A-869E at the Colorado PUC) page 70 is a graph showing Xcel’s modeling that adding wind and solar will lower system costs.
Trends in US Coal Costs 2004-2012—Shows delivered coal costs increasing at a rate of 7-8% per year or more since 2004. Graph of Colorado coal costs on page 15. Table of delivered coal costs by state on page 9. Background information pages 5-8.
Martin Drake.xls File—Has miscellaneous data on delivered coal costs (in Column T in cents/MMBTU) for Martin Drake for several years. These come from the EIA 923 data base. I’m happy to help anyone that wants learn how to use and interpret this important data base. http://www.eia.gov/electricity/data/eia923/
Wright Area FEIS Executive Summary–Includes Tables ES-5 and ES-10 showing expected mine life for the Black Thunder and North Antelope Rochelle coal mines that deliver coal to the Martin Drake coal plant.
Wright Area Coal Leasing FEIS Chapter 3—Page 13 has the production history for the Black Thunder coal mine and page 14 has Arch’s statement that the Black Thunder coal mine’s current reserves “could sustain current production levels until 2021…” As discussed additional “reserves” are available, but they are buried more deeply and it is unclear if Arch or other coal companies will be able to mine these coal deposits at a profit.
Coal lease EIS’s available from the Casper, Wyoming office of the Bureau of Land Management.
Arch Coal Annual 10-K Report— Page 13 has the production history for the Black Thunder coal mine and page 14
has Arch’s statement that the Black Thunder coal mine’s current reserves “could sustain current production levels until 2021…” As discussed additional “reserves” are available, but they are buried more deeply and it is unclear if Arch or other coal companies will be able to mine these coal deposits at a profit.
——— Also discussed at the meeting were the following
Drake Task Force Final Report — see the link under “Latest News”.
Colorado Springs Utilities EIRP
Utilities Policy Advisory Committee Schedule
Utilities Board Schedule
This link goes to the UPAC meeting where staff reviewed the customer survey done in Fall 2013 which correlates with previous surveys and asks a few more questions. It certainly tells what the desires of the community are.
This link goes to the presentation by Linda Kogan from UCCS as to their (and 600 some universities) goals
This link goes to the UPAC page