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Utilities Board votes to retire coal at Drake by 2023



The Colorado Springs Utilities Board has made its decision: The public-owned utility will retire coal generation at the century-old Martin Drake Power Plant no later than 2023.

That’s 12 years ahead of schedule, as the board previously voted in 2015 to retire the plant by 2035. As Utilities developed its 2020 Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) — a blueprint for energy generation over the next five years — clean-air activists have demanded an early closure for the benefit of the community’s health and the environment.

The chosen plan will not require building a new natural gas plant to replace the Ray Nixon Power Plant, the option that had been recommended by an advisory committee.…



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