Energy experts and climate action advocates discussed coal and its role as an energy source for San Antonio as policymakers grapple with climate change policies.
An environmental group found that groundwater under 16 Texas coal plants had unsafe levels of contaminants, the pollution being linked to disposal pits for spent coal.
Deely’s demise means the elimination of one of San Antonio’s largest single sources of global warming greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a major source of ozone-forming emissions.
President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams said the replacement would help the Spruce 2 coal plant operate for the length of its intended lifespan, which she put at 40 to 60 years.
The groups are calling for an end to fossil fuels in San Antonio’s electricity mix by 2030.
At its March board meeting Monday, CPS Energy officials unveiled a $2.66 billion projected budget for the 2019 fiscal year.
Despite the Trump administration’s support of coal, the percentage of U.S. electricity from renewable sources continued its gradual rise in 2017.