How to Ensure More Clean Energy in El Paso County
7 PM Monday, March 24, 2014
Aspire Biotech, Inc.
4755 Forge Rd, Suite 120
Colorado Springs, CO 80907
Go ½ mile west from I25 on Garden of the Gods. Turn right (north) on Forge. Aspire is at the corner of Forge and Elkton.
Recap March UPAC and Utilities Board meetings.
Report on city council town halls.
Discuss visits to City Council Members
Review status of Switch documentary plans
Tri-State has entered a power purchase agreement (PPA) for the entire output of a 150 MW wind farm operated by NextEra Energy Resources in eastern Colorado near Burlington. It will be Tri-State’s larger wind PPA to date. The wind power will go to Tri-State’s 44 member cooperatives across Colorado, Nebraska, New Mexico and Wyoming. Five of the six rural electrics in SECRES territory obtain power from Tri-State.
Read the Tri-State press release.
The Summary for Policymakers of the Fifth Assessment Report was approved, the accepted by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) and is now available to the public on their website. If you want to rise above the news media spin and want to be informed on this critical issue from the scientists, I recommend taking advantage of this opportunity. It will only be through a well informed public that we can rise above the special interest hype and make rational decisions.
On November 15th the Gazette reported approval is being sought to build a 147 turbine, 250 MW wind farm in eastern El Paso County. Golden West Power Partners LLC is the firm building the wind farm and they have a contract with Xcel Energy to buy all the output. No mention of Colorado Springs Utilities in the article.
It was interesting timing for me as I had just attended a status meeting of the Drake Task Force on November 6th. If you are not familiar with this group, they are evaluating alternatives to continued operation of the coal fired power plant in downtown Colorado Springs. Anyone who has driven on I25 through Colorado Springs is well aware of this “landmark”. My impression is this is a serious study of alternatives and is taking a stab at placing a cost on externalities. There is a lot of good information available at their website. Note that preliminary results will be discussed at a December 3rd open house and final results by the end of the year.
Utility scale power generation is shifting!
SECRES had a booth at the Cool Science Fair at UCCS, and the main attraction was smores, using marshmallows melted in a solar oven. When the chocolate ran out, the marshmallows were still popular. This is a popular even attended by hundreds of school-age children and their families
SECRES at Cool Science Carnival Day
SECRES volunteers will also be available with our solar demo module at the Cool Science Festival’s Carnival Day, October 5th, 2013 at the UCCS campus in Colorado Springs. If you have children in the Colorado Springs schools you will be notified of this event. Make a point to bring your kids by the SECRES booth!