CPS Energy to Generate 50 Percent of Electricity from Renewables By 2040

CPS Energy, San Antonio’s municipally-owned utility, announced plans to generate half of all electricity from renewable sources by 2040.

The goal would be met by adding 4,100 MW of renewable energy and 550 MW of battery storage, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

During a board meeting, CPS Energy COO said the company “will not be building a large base-load power plant again.”

Mayor Ron Nirenberg said he would oppose the construction of additional natural gas and coal-fired power plants.

CPS now generates 22 percent of its power from renewable energy, including 500 MW in solar power contracts with San Antonio-based OCI Solar Power between 2010 and 2017. The utility added 1,059 MW of wind between 2002 and 2012.

CPS Energy previously announced plans to close the 871-MW coal-fired Deely Station by the end of 2018. However, officials still anticipating burning coal at least through 2042.