CPS Energy is the nation’s largest municipally owned, vertically integrated, electric and gas utility that serves over 771,000 electric and 336,000 gas customers in the San Antonio area and parts of seven surrounding counties.
Business and Economic Development
P.O. Box 1771
San Antonio, TX 78296-1771
Business and Economic Development
CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy (NEE) helped establish a solar manufacturing hub in the community and attracted companies committed to clean energy and energy efficiency. CPS Energy’s strategic alliance with its New Energy Economy partners is currently reaping $1.2 billion annually in economic impact, and millions in educational investment within the San Antonio area.
Economic Incentive Rider
CPS Energy has an economic incentive rider applicable to entities that bring, or add, at least 10 MW of new electric load with a high load factor of at least 90% to CPS Energy and that meet other requirements (number of jobs, commitments towards education, etc.) established by the City of San Antonio.
Electric Service Area
CPS Energy’s service territory covers approximately 1,515 square miles to include small portions of adjacent counties: Atascosa, Bandera, Comal, Guadalupe, Kendall, Medina and Wilson.
CPS Energy’s diverse fuel mix includes coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, wind, and landfill gas, for a total generation capacity of 7,773 MW. CPS Energy registered 4,858 MW of peak demand on August 11, 2014.
CPS Energy is also on the path to meet its goal of achieving 1,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy power, or 20% of its total generation capacity, by 2020. CPS Energy works closely with its commercial and industrial clients to help them increase energy efficiency and manage power usage.
Electric Transmission System
The CPS Energy Transmission System interconnects the generating plants with distribution substations located throughout its service area. The system is part of the interconnected transmission grid operated by the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). ERCOT serves as the regional security coordinator for the North American Reliability Council, the Independent System Operator and the Regional Transmission Organization for the transmission grid serving the majority of Texas.
Electric Distribution System
CPS Energy distributes power through strategically located distribution substations. Each substation has from one to six power transformers with capacities ranging from 40 MVA to 100 MVA. These substations feed approximately 580 distribution circuits, serving retail customers in the CPS Energy service area. As of January 2015, CPS Energy served nearly 772,000 electric customers.
A well maintained, well-engineered electric system and a temperate climate help CPS Energy provide continuous, reliable electric service. From the Emergency Management Center (EMC), highly trained technicians using the latest in computer technology monitor the flow of energy in CPS Energy’s 1,515-square-mile service area 24 hours a day.
The annual average electric rates for industrial users in San Antonio are competitive when compared to other utilities across the state and nation. Residential bills are affordable, ranking lowest when compared to the 20 largest U.S. cities. Using the appropriate and most advantageous rate schedule, CPS Energy economic development staff will gladly calculate an estimated electric bill based on specific consumption (kWh) and demand (KW) figures.
CPS Energy provides natural gas to nearly 337,000 residential, commercial and industrial customers in a 760-square-mile area in San Antonio, Bexar County and parts of Comal, Guadalupe and Medina counties. The system can be expanded to serve customers in other areas.
The Gas Transmission System has 89 miles of 8-inch through 30-inch transmission mains that feed an extensive intermediate pressure supply system and provide access to four major natural gas transmission lines and numerous natural gas suppliers.
Gas Distribution System
Nearly 5,300 miles of 2-inch to 30-inch cathodically protected steel and plastic mains make up the gas distribution system. CPS Energy has sufficient capacity to supply additional industrial load.
Gas Service Continuity
As with the electric system, personnel from the Emergency Management Center (EMC) continuously monitor the natural gas system and remotely control all major components. Customers receive gas via a modern, reliable pipeline system that delivers the fuel even during heavy winter peak demand. Some 250 highly trained employees ensure reliability around the clock. As a natural gas distribution utility, CPS Energy adheres to the natural gas supply and priority use regulations established by the Texas Railroad Commission and the Federal Government. CPS Energy has contracts in place with over 80 suppliers to maintain competitive prices, guarantee adequate supply, and meet customer demands.
Gas rates are below the national average and competitive when compared to other utilities across the state. This is due largely to the fact that gas supply is more accessible and can be secured more economically in this area of the country than in many other areas. Using the appropriate and most advantageous rate schedule, CPS Energy staff will gladly calculate an estimated annual bill based upon specific consumption and demand figures.
Electric and Natural Gas Systems
Ranked as one of the best-managed and most economical utilities in the nation, CPS Energy is positioned to handle present needs as well as the vibrant future growth expected in the San Antonio area.
Sound financial management enables the utility to enjoy AA+, Aa1, and AA ratings from Fitch Ratings, Moody’s Investors Service, Inc., and Standard and Poor’s Rating Services, respectively.
The gas system is one of the best, most reliable systems in the country, offering an ample gas supply. CPS Energy has sufficient capacity to provide economical natural gas to new industrial development and growth in the San Antonio area. The CPS Energy electric and gas systems continue to meet present and future energy requirements and will continue to provide reliable gas and electric service for its customers.
The North American Electric Reliability Council (NERC) is urging utilities to have both primary and secondary control centers. CPS Energy’s Energy Management Center (EMC) utilizes one of the most advanced computer controlled, redundant online utility control systems available, ensuring system reliability by being able to control field switches past the substation.
In addition, CPS Energy has a state-of-the-art communications system, which not only enhances internal operations, but also allows the utility to communicate with its customers. The system consists of a fiber optic network and wireless technology, which offers limitless possibilities in electronic information transfer. More than 500 miles of fiber optic cable make up the backbone of the communications system.
CPS Energy’s system control and data acquisition (SCADA) systems for both electric transmission and distribution systems and gas provide advanced capabilities for managing the safe and reliable delivery of energy to its customers.
CPS Energy is an innovative and strategic utility company driving clean energy and energy efficiency through multiple paths, including its New Energy Economy (NEE), Vision 2020, and the Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP). Through the New Energy Economy, 400 MW of solar is being installed. The mega solar deal with a more than $1 billion annual economic impact will fulfill the Vision 2020 goal of achieving 1,500 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy power, or 20% of total generation capacity, by 2020. Meanwhile, STEP calls for saving 771 MW – the equivalent of a large power plant – by 2020. Energy efficiency technology provided by NEE partners along with rebates, incentives and a robust weatherization program are all tracking towards the STEP goal.
Commercial and Industrial Rebates
Designed to help make your business operation more energy efficient, CPS Energy offers rebates for Heating & Cooling Equipment, Commercial Lighting, Premium Efficiency Motors, Innovative Technologies, and Incentives for New Commercial Construction and Demand Response. For more information on CPS Energy and industrial rebates, click here.
Renewable Energy Option
CPS Energy’s Renewable Energy option allows CPS Energy’s customers to offset a portion or all their energy needs with renewable energy. CPS Energy currently acquires 1,059 MW of wind-generated electricity, making the utility the largest municipal purchaser of wind energy in the U.S.
For more information on CPS Energy, visit www.cpsenergy.com.