Colorado Spring Utilities is retro-fitting Crystal Creek Reservoir for hydroelectric generation. The small hydro plant will help offset the utilities’ requirements for renewable energy. Here’s a report from R. Scott Rappold writing for the Colorado Springs Gazette. From the article:
Colorado Springs Utilities will begin construction Tuesday on a new $4.5 million hydroelectric plant in Cascade. It will be the fourth hydro plant in Colorado Springs Utilities’ system, and the 850 kilowatts of electricity it generates will power about 530 homes. The plant will be near U.S. Highway 24 south of Cascade…
Utilities gets 8 percent of its energy from hydro plants, and officials are also planning to buy additional wind power to meet the new standards. The new plant will be completed in about six months. The turbine will be powered by water rushing down a pipeline from Crystal Creek Reservoir on Pikes Peak. It is on the site of a pressure-reducing station, which slows water coming off the mountain and will be torn down after the hydro plant is completed. The funding comes from Clean Renewable Energy Bonds, a federal program that provides interest-free, tax-exempt loans for renewable energy projects.
The other hydro plants run by Colorado Springs Utilities include Manitou, built in 1905, Ruxton, built in 1925 and Tesla, at the Air Force Academy, built in 1997.