When it comes to clean power, CPS Energy outranks nearly every major private-sector utility in Texas, though its initiatives fell short of other city-owned utilities in a recent report.
CPS Energy officials have proposed adding new solar and battery storage to the utility’s portfolio and buying power from an existing natural gas plant.
The discussion centered on whether CPS Energy’s 25-year plan is an adequate response to global warming caused by burning fossil fuels.
Under the plan, CPS Energy’s power generation mix would by 2040 include 50 percent wind and solar and 13 percent natural gas.
Most everyone agreed that it will take a huge outreach effort for San Antonio to successfully cut global warming emissions and adapt to a hotter world.
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.
Once financial close documents are signed, construction can begin on the 142-mile pipeline that could deliver up to 16.3 million gallons of water to SAWS customers per year starting in 2020.
It’s not yet set in stone, but the San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is one step closer to implementing a new tiered rate structure aimed at promoting more water conservation, especially among high-end users.
The $3.4 billion Visa Ridge water deal was unanimously approved by the SAWS Board of Trustees Monday morning and now goes before City Council for consideration and a vote that could come by late October.
San Antonio’s water and aquifer management programs and practices are often cited as some of the most effective in the nation.