Lisa P. Jackson, Administrator of the United States Environmental Protection Agency notes, “San Antonio is stepping up to lead Texas and our nation into a clean energy future—and proving that investing in innovative technology to protect our health and the environment is also a great way to create jobs. Committing to cleaner sources of power will mean cleaner air for the families in San Antonio and new opportunities for San Antonio’s workforce. By sending a strong signal of the local government’s support for clean energy, San Antonio attracted innovative American businesses that will create jobs around technology that helps to keep the air clean. The Obama administration is working to send the same signal to companies around the world and ensure they bring their business and their jobs to our shores.”
San Antonio mayor Julian Castro stressed the city’s plans to become a hub for energy development. “San Antonio has the opportunity to seize a mantle that no city in the U.S. holds today: to be the recognized leader in clean energy technology. By building a critical mass around research and development that will grow and attract the brainpower of the 21st Century, San Antonio can be for the New Energy Economy what Silicon Valley is to software and what Boston is to biotech.”
CPS Energy’s mix of generation resources is considered among the most diverse in the nation, including nuclear, coal, natural gas, wind and solar technologies.
Board Chair Derrick Howard explains, “The CPS Energy Board of Trustees set aggressive goals several years ago. In 2010, we raised expectations by asking staff to increase the utility’s renewable resources to 20 percent, or 1,500 MW by 2020 and have 65 percent of our generation resources be low- or no-carbon emitting. We believe the plan announced today can propel us to reach these goals.”