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The Decommissioning of Drake - KRDO’s Afternoon News with Ted Robertson - Jill Gaebler - June 26, 2020

June 27, 2020

Springs City Council acting as the Utilities board recently voted to decommission the Drake Power plant by 2023.  Officials have wanted to close the plant for years, but a final timeline has also taken years of planning.  June 26, the CSU board voted 7-2 to close the Drake by 2023 and the Ray Nixon Plant, south of Colorado Springs, by 2030. CSU says it gets 416 megawatts of coal-fired power.  Instead, CSU will be relying on 500 megawatts of new wind energy, 150 megawatts of solar power, and more than 400 megawatts of battery storage.

City Utilities Board Chair, Jill Gaebler, joined Ted Robertson on KRDO's Afternoon News to talk more about the decision to close Drake.

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