CPS Energy

Solar Farm
4:41 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Sheep Keeping Grass Under Control At OCI Solar "Farm" In San Antonio

The sheep have been effective so far, according to OCI Solar Power officials.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

OCI Solar Power thought of an idea that leaders there say is sheer genius. They've put sheep to work on the grounds of a solar farm on the far northeast side to keep the grass cut.

As solar panels soak up plenty of hot Texas sunshine, there's plenty landscaping work to do at the Alamo 2 Solar Farm off Binz-Engleman near North Foster Road. But instead of people, OCI Solar Power is employing lambscapers.

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Community
4:56 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

CPS Energy estimates 3,000 customers may not get power back until Saturday morning

CPS outage map shows all the lightning strikes from Friday's storms. As of late Friday afternoon, CPS said some 3,000 customers may be without service until Saturday morning.
Credit CPS Energy

More than 12,000 CPS Energy customers lost power in early morning thunderstorms Friday that downed tree branches and power lines. Late Friday afternoon, some 3,000 customers were still without service. 

A statement late Friday from the utility said equipment that normally could be repaired must be replaced. CPS Energy is bringing an average of 50-200 customers back on at a time, even though all available CPS Energy work crews, plus contractor crews, are working to restore power.

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Community
8:46 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Weekend Fire At Deely Power Plant Destroys Storage Building, Plant Not Affected

Storage building destroyed by weekend fire. Deely Power plant, seen in back of the storage building, was not affected by the blaze.
CPS Energy

Investigators continued Monday to search for the cause of an explosive fire that destroyed a building at the CPS Energy's Deely Power Plant over the weekend.

Employees who were on duty at 1:30 Sunday morning reported hearing popping noises from the building at the South Bexar County power plant, which contained stores of chemicals such as denatured alcohol and corrosion inhibitors.

No one was injured, but CPS Energy said the 1970s-era corrugated metal barn is a total loss and estimates damage at $500,000.

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The Source - June 12, 2014
11:05 am
Thu June 12, 2014

The Source: Contentious Fees For Solar Explored

Credit Joey Palacios / TPR News

CPS energy proposed new incentives and fees in May to be considered by city council. 

Since then they have revised both fees they proposed downward. A one-time install fee went from $450 to $225 and the $1 per kilowatt charge went to $2.50 per 5 kilowatt hours. The utility also plans to give out $20 million in rebates to new solar.

CPS Energy told council yesterday that both fees were necessary to continue funding debt incurred for transmission lines, the cost of which the utility says is falling primarily on non-solar users.

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CPS Energy
11:26 am
Tue June 10, 2014

Study Gives CPS Energy High Marks For Job Creation, Growing Local Economy

Dr. Steve Nivin, economist with St. Mary's University
Credit Eileen Pace

CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy is earning praise for fueling dramatic increases in local job growth.

An economic impact study found the energy company’s contributions are “unique” in the industry.

The San Antonio Economic Development Foundation commissioned the study by St. Mary’s University Economist Dr. Steve Nivin, who specializes in industry impact research around the San Antonio area.

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Local Business
10:24 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Global Solar Equipment Manufacturer Relocates North American Headquarters To San Antonio

Joey Palacios TPR News

KACO New Energy will complete the move of its corporate staff from Grass Valley, California, to San Antonio sometime in June, doubling the number of employees it has at its existing plant here.

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The Source - May 1, 2014
1:09 pm
Thu May 1, 2014

The Source: CPS Energy's Smart Meters Are Coming

CPS Energy

CPS Energy will be rolling out its new smart meters in four neighborhoods this summer. The meters communicate via radio frequency to the company directly on usage, which lowers costs and increases accuracy.

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Texas Energy Capacity
4:33 pm
Tue April 29, 2014

CPS Energy CEO Says Texas Is "OK" For Energy Ahead Of Another Hot Summer

Doyle Beneby, center, speaks with other leaders in the electricity field Tuesday at a forum hosted by the Texas Tribune.
Credit Nathan Cone / Texas Public Radio

Leaders in the field of electric reliability are talking about peak seasons ahead of summer since demand is always a hot topic around this time of year.

But as Texas increases generation of power with wind and solar resources, CPS Energy CEO Doyle Beneby thinks electric reliability is sufficient ahead of what could be a brutally hot summer.

He wants to focus on how to make it stay that way for the long run, though.

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Education
1:30 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

CPS Energy Grant Helps Jefferson Students Study Renewable Energy

Junior Chris Harrison (left) demonstrates how the model ethanol plant creates the usable fuel.
Joey Palacios TPR News

Thanks to a grant from CPS Energy, students at Jefferson High School are using state-of-the-art equipment to study renewable energy before their senior year. The program is part of the school’s architecture & environmental studies magnet.

In Blu Odam’s advanced energy and environmental technology class, his six students have been studying how to generate renewable energy.

“Wind energy, solar energy, biofuels which includes bio-diesel and ethanol, and hydro energy which includes damns and water falls,” Odam explained.

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Environment
10:25 am
Thu January 30, 2014

Energy Companies Show Off New Devices At DistribuTech Conference

Attendees walk around the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center during the DistribuTech conference in San Antonio.
Ryan Loyd TPR News

The smartest minds are in town energized about new technology and the changing world of energy production and consumption.

This year's DistribuTech conference is in San Antonio and is helping change the future of the energy industry.

Inside the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, leaders from the world's largest energy companies are busy talking about the latest and greatest in power transmission. The buzz is overwhelming, but really what It's really all about is how energy companies are updating their systems to better serve customers.

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