Energy

Vision: San Antonio leads the nation in the generation and delivery of clean, reliable, affordable energy.

Renewable Energy

Wind, Solar, and Gas

San Antonio is looking to lead the nation in the generation and delivery of clean, reliable, affordable energy. CPS Energy, our energy provider, is the nation’s largest municipally owned energy utility and is committed to growing its supply of emission-free electricity from wind, solar, and landfill gas.

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We track renewable energy by measuring the porportion of electricity generation we as a community use that is supplied from renewable energy resources.
% REPercent of Renewable Energy
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2014

12%

2016

17%

2017

19%

2040 - Goal

40%

CPS Energy has a goal to have 40% of its electrical generation capacity to come from renewable energy in 2040. They are on their way to meeting this goal.

In 2017, San Antonio had 19% of its generation capacity come from renewable energy resources.That's nearly half way to meeting our 2040 goal!

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Solar PV
Landfill gas

Renewable Energy

CPS Energy's Renewable Energy Mix

CPS Energy gets 63 percent of its renewable energy from wind, 36% from solar and 1% from landfill gas. San Antonio currently has the most solar generation capacity in Texas and ranks 6th in the US! 

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Renewable Energy

San Antonio Solar PV Systems

San Antonio has 609 MW of solar panels installed across our City which can provide enough energy to power over 120,000 homes. The majority of this energy is "utility scale" (meaning the energy goes directly onto our electricity grid and does not first supply energy to a building). The rest of our solar energy comes from smaller systems found on homes and buildings. 

Utility Scale
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Did you know?

The City of San Antonio participates in CPS Energy’s SolarHostSA Program, which installs, operates, and maintains solar installations on City facilities. Currently, we have solar panels on five facilities and look to double that number within the year!

CPS Energy - SolarHostSA

Rethinking Our Energy Use

Energy Consumption

San Antonio is changing how we look at our energy needs. We treat our energy use with thought, purpose, and respect. Reducing the amount of energy we use each day will save us money, protect our air, and water and conserve our fuel supplies so they can last longer. Reducing our energy use is an important step in leading healthy lives.

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Energy from different sources is measured in different ways – electricity is measured in kWh, natural gas in therms, oil in gallons. We can convert these different measures into a common measure- million British Thermal Units (MMBTU) -to better understand and compare total energy use.
MMBTUMillion British Thermal Units

  

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Energy Consumption

San Antonio Energy Use by Sector

In 2017, San Antonio used over 22 million MWh of electricity.  Most of this energy was used in our homes and in commercial stores and industries (Comm. & Ind.) at 42.5 and 42.3%, respectively. Nearly thirteen percent was used by our public authorities. Wholesale electricity buyers made up just over two percent and outdoor lighting accounted for less than half of one percent.

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Did you know?

CPS Energy created their Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP) to reduce the growth in our community’s demand for electricity by 771 MW by 2020. That’s the output of a large power plant! Check out the great work this program has already done!

CPS Energy STEP Program

Energy Consumption

Annual Electricity Use

A megawatt hour (MWh) is equal to 1,000 kilowatts of electricity used continuously for one hour. It is the amount of electricity used by about 330 homes during one hour.

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Energy Consumption

"Our situation got a whole lot better...I'm very grateful"

The Maldonado Family saved hundreds of dollars on their CPS Energy bill while making their home energy efficient.

Energy Consumption

Be Part of the Solution!

All San Antonians have a role to play to reduce the amount of energy they consume each day. Also, we have choices on where we get that energy from. Learn about how the City makes it easier to use less energy and switch to renewables!


Get energy saving tips!

CPS Energy - Energy Efficiency Programs
Find out if solar energy is right for you!

Bring Solar Home
Get your home weatherized for free!

CPS Energy Casa Verde
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