Colorado Springs building new hydro plant |

Colorado Springs building new hydro plant

CASCADE, Colorado ” Colorado Springs Utilities is building a $4.5 million, 863-megawatt hydroelectric plant to help it meet state requirements for renewable energy.

Construction was beginning Tuesday on a site near Cascade, about 10 miles northwest of Colorado Springs near U.S. 24. It will use water from a pipeline from Crystal Creek Reservoir, which is located on Pikes Peak. It will produce enough electricity to power about 530 homes.

Under a state mandate, Colorado municipal utilities must derive 10 percent of their power from renewable sources by 2015.

The city-owned utility has three other hydroelectric plants.

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