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.