Texas-based public power utility CPS Energy on Sept. 19 was recognized for its successful energy efficiency programs at an Alliance to Save Energy event in Washington, D.C.
CPS Energy President and CEO Paula Gold-Williams accepted the 2019 Chairman’s Award at the event on behalf of the utility.
CPS Energy was chosen by Alliance Honorary Chair Sen. Jeanne Shaheen, D-N.H., to receive the Chairman’s Award for its proven energy efficiency programs.
“We are truly honored that Senator Shaheen and the Alliance are recognizing our comprehensive energy-saving efforts,” said Gold-Williams.
“Our CPS Energy team has worked hard to reduce San Antonio’s energy demand, while we improve the overall customer experience," she said. "In turn, we have accumulated the program’s significant energy savings along with simultaneously blending the solid performance of our tried and true physical assets with increasingly new and cleaner sources of power. Without question, energy efficiency and conservation is making a huge difference in the environment and energy landscape in our community.”
The company’s Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan provides financial incentives to residential and commercial customers to improve energy efficiency and use demand response. The program is on track to exceed its goal of reducing electricity demand growth from the grid by 771 megawatts from 2009 to 2020. CPS Energy will have invested almost $719 million toward the program.
San Antonio is expected to ultimately reduce its electric demand by more than 800 MW, at a 15% lower cost than forecast.
Gil Quiniones, president and CEO of the New York Power Authority (NYPA), is a co-chair for the Alliance to Save Energy’s Board of Directors.
Steve Wright, General Manager of Washington State’s Public Utility District No. 1 of Chelan County, also serves on the Alliance’s Board of Directors.