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As the 7th largest city in the country, San Antonio faces the demands of almost all metropolitan areas – the need for sufficient energy, water and telecommunication services. Through its abundant resources, the city provides reliable and affordable sources for corporate and private citizens. 

Electric and Gas

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.

Mailing Address: 

CPS Energy 

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 Power

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.

Generation

CPS Energy’s diverse fuel mix includes coal, nuclear, natural gas, solar, wind, and landfill gas, for a total generation capacity of 7,665MW. CPS Energy registered 5,017MW of peak demand on August 2016.

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.

Voltages: 138 kV, 345 kV

Size of Lines: Lines range from 4/0 to 2,000 MCM (2 bundle)

Description of System: Networked 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 2016, CPS Energy serves more than 786,000 electric customers.

Voltages: 4.16 kV, 13.2 kV, 34.5 kV

Size of Lines: Range up to 556 MCM Service Continuity

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.

Electric Rates

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) demand (KW) , and load factor (%) information. 

Natural Gas

CPS Energy provides natural gas to nearly 338,000 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.

Gas Transmission System

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

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.

Development Plans

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.

Clean Energy

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.

Water

San Antonio Water System

San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is the largest municipally-owned water, wastewater, chilled water, steam, and recycled water utility in Bexar County. SAWS serves approximately 1.6 million customers within the corporate limits of the City and Bexar County. The utility’s mission is to serve their customers and provide sustainable, affordable water services.

San Antonio Water System (SAWS)

2800 U.S. Hwy. 281 North

San Antonio, TX 78212

210.704.7297

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 2449

San Antonio, TX 78298-2449

Sources of Supply

Historically, the City obtained nearly all of its water from the Edwards Aquifer. The Edwards Aquifer lies beneath the City of San Antonio with an area approximately 3,600 square miles in size. Including its recharge zone, it underlies all or part of 13 counties, varying from five to 30 miles in width, and stretching over 175 miles in length, beginning in Brackettville, Kinney County, Texas in the west and stretching to Kyle, Hays County, Texas in the east. The Edwards Aquifer receives most of its water from rainfall, rivers, and streams flowing across 4,400 square miles of drainage basins located above it. The quality of the water surpasses all federal drinking water standards and requires only gas chlorination before distribution. In 2002, fluoride began to be added to both SAWS and Bexar Metropolitan Water District’s water supply after a city ordinance was passed.

In the past two decades, SAWS has begun to diversify its sources of supply. In 2012 only 46% of San Antonio’s water came from the Edward’s Aquifer, compared to over 70% in 2000. SAWS’s other water sources include supplies from Canyon Lake, the Trinity Aquifer, the Carrizo Aquifer in Bexar County, and the Carrizo Aquifer in Gonzales County. Being able to draw on multiple, diverse sources of water allows San Antonio to deal with droughts and cope with dramatic population growth without endangering the region’s water resources.

In 2012, SAWS updated its Water Management Plan to outline a diversified foundation of San Antonio’s water supply through the year 2070. While the Edwards Aquifer will always be the cornerstone of San Antonio’s water supply, SAWS is continuing to develop alternate sources to meet the needs of a burgeoning metropolitan population. SAWS has highlighted a number of key projects in the short term (through 2030) to meet the growing demand for water in San Antonio. One critical piece of the puzzle is the Brackish Groundwater Desalination Program, which will draw previously unusable water from the Wilcox Aquifer (located south of San Antonio). Construction on SAWS’s first desalination plant will be complete by 2016. SAWS hopes to be able to pump as many as 30,525 acre-feet of water from the Carrizo Aquifer annually by 2026. Development of this new water source will diversify SAWS water resource portfolio with a wholly new, sustainable, drought-proof supply, without directly competing for access to freshwater resources with neighboring water users.

The 2012 Water Management Plan also outlined concepts for long term projects (past 2030) to protect and expand San Antonio’s access to water, including desalination of ocean water from the Gulf of Mexico and expansion of SAWS’s Aquifer Storage and Recovery Program, which capitalizes on the natural storage capacity of the Edward’s Aquifer to give San Antonio the tools to manage water resources in drought conditions.

Vista Ridge Pipeline in 2020

The Vista Ridge Pipeline, scheduled to deliver water here in 2020, will provide the largest, non-Edwards Aquifer water supply to our region — enough for 162,000 new families. San Antonio Water System (SAWS) officials estimate an increase of 20 percent more water for San Antonio.

The Vista Ridge pipeline will consist of 142 miles of pipe running between Burleson County and Bexar County and will pull 50,000 acre-feet of water from the Carrizo-Wilcox and Simsboro Aquifer by 2020. Combined with the unmatched conservation already exhibited by San Antonians, SAWS’ foresight to establish water storage facilities, and desalination and other new water supply initiatives, San Antonio’s water needs should be addressed for generations to come. San Antonio will soon be recognized as a viable option for water intensive operations that are considering expansion or relocation.

Conservation Program

As a result of a nationally recognized conservation program, SAWS is using the same amount of water today as it did more than two decades ago, despite a population increase of 67%. Given these accomplishments, the 2012 Water Management Plan includes goals of 135 gallons per capita per day (GPCD) by 2016. SAWS has a unique commercial conservation program as well as a strong residential program, such as direct rebates and services to help customers reduce water use, certification programs for industry, and public education programs for the entire community.

Water Recycling Program

SAWS provides high quality recycled water from its wastewater treatment plants to augment, and in some instances replace, Edwards Aquifer water for industrial, commercial and irrigation use. The water recycling program is designed to provide up to 35,000 acre-feet per year of recycled water. Currently, more than 130 miles of pipeline deliver highly treated effluent to approximately 60 customers consisting of golf courses, parks, and commercial and industrial customers throughout the city. Recycled water is one of the key factors in making more water available for economic growth and development in San Antonio.

Water Distribution System

Currently, SAWS maintains almost 5,100 miles of distribution mains, ranging in size from four inches to 60 inches in diameter, the majority of which are between six inches and 12 inches in diameter.

Fast Facts

Pumping Capacity: 826.2 million gallons per day (MGD)

Average Pumping Rate: 195.22 MGD

Peak Pumping Rate: 299.1 MGD

Underground Storage Capacity: About 120,000 acre feet or more of excess Edwards Aquifer water

Reservoir Capacity: 192 million gallons in 42 elevated storage tanks and 38 ground storage tanks

Education Program

SAWS Education offers a variety of ongoing programs and activities to meet the varied needs of San Antonians. The goal is to develop a water-literate society and to inspire future generations of active water stewards.

SAWS Education has established its own custom youth education curriculum for pre-kindergarten through 12th grade. The program is designed to inspire students to take an active interest in water issues. Students discover the science of water right along with their ABCs in elementary school. In middle school and high school, students learn how to apply that instruction through field studies and experiments.

Teachers at all grade levels receive comprehensive training and materials from SAWS on various water subjects to use in their classrooms. Community field trips and outreach events extend water education beyond the classroom to adults by providing an in-depth look at SAWS water and wastewater functions.

Wastewater System

The wastewater system is composed of about 5,150 miles of sewer mains and three major treatment plants: Dos Rios, Leon Creek, and Medio Creek. All three plants are conventional activated sludge facilities. SAWS holds Texas Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (TPDES) wastewater discharge permits, issued by the TCEQ for 233 MGD daily average flow.

Regional System

San Antonio operates a regional sewage system serving Bexar County. SAWS provides sewage service to all properties within the city’s legal jurisdiction with the Regional Boundaries according to the provisions of Chapters 34 and 35 of the City Code. Impact fees are charged on all newly planted properties serviced by the Regional System. Adequate main and treatment plant capacity is assured to users of the Regional System.

Permits

The San Antonio federally approved Industrial Pretreatment Program requires certain industrial and commercial facilities to have an Industrial Water Permit. Some industries regulated by the San Antonio Water System are required to pretreat their effluent prior to discharge.

Capital Improvement Program

The Capital Improvement Program (“CIP”) is a multi-year plan for implementing projects that support water supply and delivery, wastewater collection and treatment, and heating and cooling needs in the SAWS service area. The CIP is a financial planning and management tool that identifies facility and equipment requirements, and schedules them for funding and implementation.

General Rate Schedules

San Antonio Water System’s rate schedule for water service, water supply, and wastewater rates, effective January 1, 2014 can be viewed at the following link: http://www.saws.org/service/rates/general.cfm

For more information on SAWS, visit www.saws.org

Telecommunication Services

There are several telecommunication providers in the San Antonio area. Two of the larger providers are AT&T and Time Warner Cable.

AT&T

AT&T is recognized as the leading worldwide provider of IP-based communication services to businesses and the leading U.S. provider of wireless, high speed Internet access, local and long distance voice, directory publishing and advertising services.

AT&T Services

High speed Internet access

Wi-Fi connectivity

Home and small business networking

Wireless services

Local and long distance voice services

Messaging services and call management features

Print and online directory services, listings and advertising

For more information, visit www.att.com.

Time Warner Cable

Time Warner Cable, a leader in the cable industry and fiber optics, is about connecting people and businesses with information, entertainment and each other. Through Road Runner and other ISP providers, Time Warner Cable has more than eight million residential High-Speed Data customers nationwide. They also offer a Wireless Home Networking service, which gives all computers in a home access to a single high-speed cable modem.

Time Warner Cable Services

  • Hybrid coaxial cable network
  • Digital cable
  • Video on demand
  • Digital video recorder
  • High-definition television (HDTV)
  • High speed online access
  • Digital Phone
  • Active advertising and more

For more information, visit www.timewarnercable.com.

Grande Communications

Grande Communications is a Texas-based broadband communications company that serves both medium and large businesses, government, and higher education by delivering advanced networking solutions for an organization’s internet, voice, data and private networking needs via Carrier Grande Fiber-Optic Network.

Grande Communications Services

  • NOC and operation support in Texas
  • Fiber optics metro Ethernet
  • Telco Colocation
  • Transparent LAN services- bridging multiple locations
  • IP transport and Ethernet delivery
  • Business lines
  • PRI/PBX, DS3
  • Long distance and 800 services
  • Dedicated internet access

For more information, visit mygrande.com.