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CPS Energy launches global RFP for next phase of conservation & energy efficiency programs in San Antonio

CPS Energy launches global RFP for next phase of conservation & energy efficiency programs in San Antonio
March 2021
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San Antonio
CPS Energy

Utility to blend more Tried & True programs with New & Innovative solutions for San Antonio


CPS Energy, the largest municipally owned, fully-integrated electric and natural gas utility in the United States, formally launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) for conservation and energy efficiency programs to develop the next phase of its award-winning Save for Tomorrow Energy Plan (STEP). The FlexSTEPSM RFP seeks to blend more Tried & True programs with New & Innovative solutions through a global outreach effort. The utility’s business approach is to think global while acting local, and that approach will remain consistent with the FlexSTEPRFP initiative that will further strengthen CPS Energy’s Reliability.

The severe impact of February’s historic winter weather storm in Texas demonstrates the relationship between year-round conservation and energy efficiency programs that enhance our community’s energy Reliability. The use of these programs contributed to material energy demand savings, which, when combined with action taken to stabilize our electric system, helped avoid a potential statewide loss of the power grid during the storm. Creating additional successful programs that are forward thinking is the goal of the FlexSTEPRFP and CPS Energy is moving quickly to improve the tools it uses to help customers proactively manage how they use energy.

“Our community has a lot of experience conserving energy in the heat of our Texas summers, and the recent winter storm highlights the importance of energy conservation in any type of extreme weather. We need to provide customers with innovative and diverse programs to help them manage their energy usage in all seasons because conservation efforts are valuable and necessary and can no longer be thought of solely as a summer activity,” said Paula Gold-Williams, CPS Energy’s President & CEO.

“Because we are passionate and prudent in our approach, our FlexSTEP RFP includes a search for ideas and products that we haven’t seen before. We are expanding our reach globally to find leading solutions worldwide. We look forward to another decade of successful, affordable energy efficiency solutions that allow our community to take control of their energy usage and drive our community’s award-winning program into the future,” Gold-Williams added.

CPS Energy’s FlexSTEP initiative is a forward-focused, long-term set of conservation and energy efficiency programs. The RFP has two parts: Tried & True programs and Innovative & New solutions. The utility’s Tried & True programs have proven to be popular with customers throughout STEP by helping to lower their bills and reduce the demand for energy. Examples include residential programs like rebates for energy efficient products, home energy assessments and the Casa Verde weatherization program. Commercial program examples include rebates as well, in addition to incentives for schools and small businesses that adopt the approved energy-saving measures.

The Innovative & New part of the RFP seeks additional offerings to help customers save electricity and money through changing their behaviors, earn rebates for adopting new technology, and participate in program offerings by removing barriers through equity-based programs. Both parts of the RFP address reducing customer energy use and lowering the utility’s carbon footprint.

The deadline for receipt of proposals is April 30, 2021. See complete program and more information: https://newsroom.cpsenergy.com/cps-energy-launches-global-rfp-for-next-phase-of-conservation-energy-efficiency-programs-to-help-more-customers/

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