Colorado Springs City Council, sitting as the Utilities Board, requested a study to evaluate alternatives for when and how the Drake Power Plant can be decommissioned. The study will be completed by the end of 2013, with a decision about the future of the Drake facility expected in 2014.
In phase I of the effort, a Request for Proposal (RFP) was developed and evaluated. A contract was awarded to outside consultant, HDR Engineering, to perform the study.
Phase II began in May and will explore energy source alternatives for replacement power, considering a broad range of economic, environmental, social, and health impacts.
HDR will provide technical, operational and financial analysis. Utilities Board members Val Snider and Andy Pico represent the Board and are leading a citizen task force to complete the study.
At their May 15 meeting, the Drake Task Force kicked off the study (phase II of the effort). Outside project manager, Navigant Consulting, led the meeting. HDR, the firm hired to perform the study, provided a timeline and study overview.
The next task force meeting is tentatively scheduled for the morning of June 28.