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CPS Reveals Clean Energy Goals For Future

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Cities around the country have been working to diversify their "energy mix" – the combination of natural resources and technologies used to fuel power grids.

San Antonio's power is managed by the nation’s largest municipally owned energy utility, CPS Energy

 
Under a new “flexible path” strategy, CPS Energy plans to generate about half of its power from renewable energy sources by 2040. Wind and solar energy currently account for about 22 percent of the city's power.

The projection also anticipates that in 2040 the utility will still rely on gas and coal-fired plants for about 20 percent of its output.

After CPS Energy leadership presented the plan to city council earlier this month, some citizens expressed concerns that the proposed strategy would not address environmental hazards soon enough and that all coal should be phased out over the next decade.
 
CEO Paul Gold-Williams responded with assurances that the current plan is not set in stone.

How can CPS Energy move forward to meet demands for clean energy production while also maintaining affordable, reliable energy for San Antonio-area consumers?

Guests: 

  • Cris Eugster, chief operating officer for CPS Energy
  • Kim Stoker, senior director of environmental planning, compliance and sustainability at CPS Energy
  • Rick Luna, senior manager of product development for CPS Energy

 
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Jan Ross Piedad is TPR’s News Operations Producer. In this role, she develops strategy on collaborative and digital initiatives for the station. Since 2016, Jan Ross has served in a coordinating capacity for TPR’s state and national partners, including The Texas Newsroom.