The public debate over what to do about climate change is more active in San Antonio than ever.
Operating CPS Energy’s J.K. Spruce coal plant cost $121 million over the last five years compared to alternative forms of energy, a Sierra Club study found.
The raise comes as CPS Energy officials prepare to make a case for hiking rates in the face of declining revenues from selling power onto the state grid.
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.
Driven by triple-digit temperatures, CPS Energy’s load reached 5,080 megawatts on Monday, beating a record of 5,017 megawatts set on Aug. 12, 2016.
With Texas’ grid operator predicting record electricity demand this summer, San Antonio will do more than its share to put enough power on the grid.
An increasing number of solar panels in San Antonio has bumped the city up two places on an environmental nonprofit’s solar ranking list compared to last year.
A car loaded with sensitive instruments will help CPS Energy sniff out leaks in its network of natural gas pipes, utility officials announced Monday.
Under the plan, CPS Energy’s power generation mix would by 2040 include 50 percent wind and solar and 13 percent natural gas.
A report by a utility research firm says CPS Energy would save money by closing its coal plant near Calaveras Lake and investing in cleaner energy sources.