Drake plant now providing partial power

Main entrance: A stairwell to some of the plant’s administrative offices, buffered by a firewall, stopped the flames from spreading farther.
Main entrance.

Unit 6 at Martin Drake Power Plant is back online, a representative for Colorado Springs Utilities announced Wednesday.

The coal-fired power generating unit is one of three at the downtown plant and can produce up to 85 megawatts of Drake’s 254MW load, which accounts for roughly a third of the city’s energy.

“Now that Unit 6 is back online, Utilities plans to propose a reduction to the electric cost adjustment at the July 8 City Council meeting, with an effective date of July 11,” Utilities spokesperson Steve Barry said in the announcement.

The proposal and timeline for that reduction is pending city auditor approval, Barry said. Further reductions are expected when Unit 7 (the largest of the three with a load of 142MW) is restored sometime this fall.

There is currently no timeline for the repair or replacement of Unit 5 (the smallest, with a load of 51MW), which was severely damaged during a four-alarm fire that started in the structure May 5.

Read more about the Martin Drake Power Plant and last month’s fire here.

  • Rick Huelo

    Thanks for all the hard work that it took to make it happen again, and there is a full tank stacked out back even.