Colorado Springs Utilities to manage and maintain Fort Carson’s electricity, natural gas infrastructure | Military

Colorado Springs Utilities is going to maintain and operate Fort Carson’s electric and natural gas system starting in January.

Fort Carson is expected to save money through the new agreement that applies to outdoor infrastructure, since Utilities has more buying power to purchase materials to maintain items such as electric poles and natural gas lines, Utilities Chief Operations Officer Travis Deal said. He could not give an estimate for how much the work might cost annually, because the military installation will be billed for the time and materials as crews are needed.

“We can use our bigger buying power and our labor and hopefully support them to help keep costs minimal,” he said. The agreement will not affect Colorado Springs customers, a news release said. The term of the agreement is one year but can be renewed for successive one-year periods for an additional nine years.

Fort Carson has been relying on a much smaller contractor for the services Utilities will provide for the past 10 to 15 years.