San Antonio City Public Service (CPS Energy) - Renewables Portfolio Goal (Texas)

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Rules Regulations Policies Program

Place Texas

Name San Antonio City Public Service (CPS Energy) - Renewables Portfolio Goal
Incentive Type Renewables Portfolio Standard
Applicable Sector Municipal Utility
Eligible Technologies Landfill Gas, Photovoltaics, Wind
Active Incentive Yes

Implementing Sector Utility
Energy Category Renewable Energy Incentive Programs

Standard 20% by 2020

Technology Minimum 100 MW of solar

Date added to DSIRE 2007-04-02
Last DSIRE Review 2012-11-20

References DSIRE[1]


In 2003 San Antonio's municipal electric utility, City Public Service (CPS Energy) established a goal of meeting 15% of its electrical peak demand with renewable energy by 2020 under its Strategic Energy Plan. In June 2008 the utility announced plans to increase the overall renewables target to 20% by 2020 with at least 100 megawatts (MW) from non-wind renewable energy sources. As of November 2012, the utility had 11% of their peak electric demand derived from renewable energy sources, including 44 MW of solar electricity installed and another 100 MW of solar electricity under contract . The 20% by 2020 target will require roughly 1,500 MW of renewable energy resources.

In January 2011, CPS Energy issued a request for proposals (RFP) for 50 MW of solar to help meet these goals. The original deadline for responding to the RFP was May 31, 2011. Due to the large response, CPS canceled the original RFP and increased the size of the project to 400 MW. In January of 2012, CPS announced that the offer from OCI Solar was selected as the winner of the RFP. OCI Solar's proposal includes 400 MW of zero-emission solar energy, 800 plus jobs and over $1 billion in construction investment.

CPS is not subject to the requirements of Texas's renewable portfolio standard.

The utility also offers rebates to its customers for the installation of photovoltaic (PV) systems, solar hot water systems, and energy efficiency improvements. Please see the utility website for more detailed information on the programs currently offered.


  • Incentive and policy data are reviewed and approved by the N.C. Solar Center's DSIRE project staff.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1  "Database of State Incentives for Renewables and Efficiency (DSIRE)"