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November Program – Decommissioning Drake: Expert Panel on the Intricacies of Energizing a City (Zoom Conference)

November 4, 2020 @ 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm

Join us as we partner with Leadership Pikes Peak in presenting a panel of Colorado Springs Utilities experts to discuss the intricate processes required to shut down the energy heart of our city and replace it with cleaner energy sources, all while continuously keeping the lights on.

From an article on American Public Power Association’s website:
The board of Colorado Springs Utilities on June 26 signed off on a plan under which the public power utility will decommission its coal plants by 2030, expand renewable energy and storage and reduce its carbon emissions by 80% by 2030.
The plan calls for grid modernization, integration of more cost-effective renewable energy and incorporation of new technologies like energy storage. Noncarbon resources such as wind and energy storage will replace the generation from the utility’s last coal-fired plant, the Ray Nixon Power Plant, which will be decommissioned no later than 2030.
To enable the decommissioning of the Martin Drake Power Plant no later than 2023, temporary natural gas generators will be placed at the site to ensure system reliability, Colorado Springs Utilities said. Once new transmission projects are complete in the coming years, generation will no longer be needed in downtown Colorado Springs and these units will be relocated.

Colorado Utilities Expert Panelists include:

Aram Benyamin, Chief Executive Officer

Travas Deal, Chief Energy Services Officer

Phil Tunnah, Chief Systems Planning and Projects Officer

This program will be Zoom only, on Wednesday, November 4th, 4:30 – 6:30 pm.

RSVP to receive the link to the Zoom Conference (a day or two prior to the event).


November 4, 2020
4:30 pm - 6:30 pm


Julia Sands de Melendez