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Utilities negotiating plan for renewable energy

Posted: 4:02 PM, Mar 21, 2019
Updated: 2019-03-21 22:12:21-04

COLORADO SPRINGS — Colorado Springs Utilities says negotiations are nearing an end to award a contract for 150 megawatts of new solar generation in Southern Colorado as well as a new 25 megawatt battery storage system.

The storage would be the largest energy storage facility in Colorado, and in place by 2023.

Springs Utilities CEO Aram Benyamin says the move to using more renewable energy is the way of the future, “Energy storage is an integral part of our ability to transition from fossil fuels to incorporating more renewables into our system.”

Utilities adds that the battery project will allow them to store solar energy during the day so that it can be used in more peak-demand periods, and they hope to add storage capabilities in the future.

Once all of these renewable energy projects are operational, more than 95,000 homes annually are expected to be powered by the carbon-free energy.