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Environment
2:36 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

CPS Energy Says SA Is Well On Its Way To 2020 Power Savings Goal

CPS Energy

CPS Energy set a goal to reduce the community’s electric usage by 771 megawatts by the year 2020, which is essentially the output of a large power plant.

With the help of the Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan, CPS Energy reports that they are on its way to the goal.

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Environment and Energy
9:19 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Nexolon Solar Facility To Start First Hiring Wave In September

Nexolon factory sketch
Nexolon America LLC

Nexolon America Wednesday announced the next phase of its solar manufacturing project in San Antonio. The company that broke ground last year expects to 400 employees are expected to be hired beginning in Sept.

Nexolon America is working with the Alamo Colleges to develop a training program for new employees to build 200 megawatts of solar modules per year. Executive Vice-President Scot Arey said the company is expecting to start advertising in about a month for its first wave of hiring.

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Environment and Energy
11:04 am
Wed May 22, 2013

ERCOT Predicts Another Grid-Busting Summer

Southern region drought monitor map for May 14. Though temperatures will not be "as hot" as 2011, it will put strain on the electric grid.
U.S. Drought Monitor

National forecasters are predicting another hotter-than-normal summer. That could mean more of the rolling blackouts likes those San Antonio experienced in 2011.

Climatologists predict temperatures will be above normal this year and the power grid may not be able to keep up. The North American Electric Reliability Corporation projects the Texas grid will have the lowest percentage of power reserves this summer of any region in the country.

The problem is rapidly-growing demand combined with a lack of new power plants being built.

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The Source - April 23, 2013
9:17 am
Tue April 23, 2013

The Source: CPS Energy And Solar San Antonio Talk SunCredit

Flickr user 1010uk cc

In the first segment:

The announcement that CPS Energy is considering changing the amount of money it would reimburse its solar generating customers - cutting it by nearly 40 percent - caused more than a stir in the solar community.

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Solar Power
1:03 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

Solar Advocates Unite To Oppose CPS Energy's Solar Credit Changes

CPS Energy

San Antonio’s solar power industry is collectively fighting back against a plan by CPS Energy to lower a credit given to solar energy users.

Solar interests are calling for CPS Energy to backtrack on its decision to introduce SunCredit, a program that would reduce an existing dollar-for-dollar credit on generating solar energy.

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Solar Power
9:37 am
Thu April 11, 2013

CPS Energy Plan To Change Solar Credit Rate Outrages Advocates

Though San Antonio is a leader in Texas solar power, the total amount of solar generated is still a small slice in the overall system.
Environment Texas

CPS Energy is replacing its solar credit system that pays solar energy users with another program that pays slightly less, leaving some solar energy organizations and customers outraged.

CPS Energy customers currently pay 9.9 cents per kilowatt used, but people with solar energy on their home or business receive the same 9.9 cents back as a credit on their bill for every kilowatt they generate in a process called net-metering.

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Solar Power
4:26 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

First OCI Solar Farm Under Construction, Finished By Year End

Officials break ground at the site of Alamo I. When all the OCI facilities are finished in 2016, they will employ 800 workers and generate 400 megawatts of power.
Eileen Pace TPR

Today CPS Energy and city officials joined OCI Solar Power executives in a toast to the first phase of construction on a mega solar power agreement that promises 800 jobs for the city over several solar farm locations.

Officials made a ceremonial first dig with shovels at the site of Alamo I, the first solar farm location, to symbolize the massive construction project that has already begun.

South of Loop 410 and IH-37, Alamo I will soon be buzzing with hundreds of solar panels that will generate 41 megawatts.  

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Community
10:31 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Customers To Get Customized Outage Alerts From CPS Energy

CPS Energy

Since 2011, CPS Energy has been able to send out mass alerts to customers when widespread power outages occurred, coordinated by zip code.

But now their system is more sophisticated, and will notify individual customers when power outages more than 15 minutes occur at their specific address.

CPS spokeswoman Yvonne Casanova said the system will continue to be tested through the end of February. Over the next week or so, during regular business hours, customers who have signed up for alerts on the CPS website should receive a test message.

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Solar Energy
2:41 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

San Antonio & Austin Generate Four Times More Solar Energy Than Rest Of State

A graph generated by Enviroment Texas shows the solar energy generation in some of Texas' major cities.
Environment Texas

According to one nonprofit company, San Antonio and Austin generate the vast majority of solar energy produced in the state. As the expansion of solar moves across Texas, both cities are emerging as solar front runners.

San Antonio and Austin combined for 85 percent of the state’s solar energy installations. That’s according to a report from Environment Texas.

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City Utilities
11:14 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Staffing Issues At CPS Energy Partly To Blame For High January Bills

CPS Energy

Although it may be a mild winter -- even by San Antonio standards -- customers of CPS Energy, the city’s electric company, are experiencing huge spikes in their bills, specifically January.

CPS Energy confirmed staffing of meter readers has dropped, which contributed to increased estimated meter reads. The utility's Christine Patmon said staff members who are retiring are not being replaced, and the it recently finished negotiating contracts for meter readers.

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