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Black Hills wants to demolish power plant

Black Hills Energy is going ahead with its plan to demolish its decommissioned Downtown power station early next year, rejecting a request from City Council to give the city an extra six months to make a decision about whether to take possession of the old power plant.

City Manager Sam Azad gave council that news at its work session Monday evening.

“Naturally, we will oppose Black Hills’ decision to do that with the (Colorado) Public Utilities Commission,” he said.

The utility notified council in November that it wanted a decision by Dec. 31 whether the city wants to take possession of the old power plant, known as Stations 5 & 6, because the utility intends to demolish it early next spring.

Azad said the city had asked for a six-month extension while local business people research possible redevelopment options for the old power plant building.

Azad said the city received a letter Monday from Black Hills indicating it intended to press ahead and ask the PUC to approve its original demolition schedule.

Council responded Monday night by drawing up a resolution imposing a temporary moratorium on the demolition of large buildings in the city.

Black Hills officials reportedly told city officials last week that delaying the demolition would add another $500,000 to the $3.5 million demolition costs that ratepayers are facing.

In related news, Colorado Public Utilities Commission approves Black Hills rate hike

This article was written by PETER ROPER from The Pueblo Chieftain, Colo. and was legally licensed through the NewsCred publisher network.

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