Colorado Springs not planning to close Drake right away

The Gazette newspaper has reported that the Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) board has voted not to close the Drake coal-fired plant for a few years yet.

Several members of the Colorado Springs City Council, sitting as the CSU board, voted March 19 to consider a decommissioning date nine-to-15 years out.

Colorado Springs is said to be looking at a number of options, including closing Drake in the next three-to-five years and replacing the generation with power from natural gas.

Consultant HDR has drafted a report that includes 12 options. According to GenerationHub data, the Martin Drake power plant has three bituminous coal units, deployed between 1962 and 1974. The three units have an operating capacity of more than 250 MW.

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Wayne Barber, Chief Analyst for the GenerationHub, has been covering power generation, energy and natural resources issues at national publications for more than 20 years. Prior to joining PennWell he was editor of Generation Markets Week at SNL Financial for nine years. He has also worked as a business journalist at both McGraw-Hill and Financial Times Energy. Wayne also worked as a newspaper reporter for several years. During his career has visited nuclear reactors and coal mines as well as coal and natural gas power plants. Wayne can be reached at wayneb@pennwell.com.